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Education in Nigeria is horrifying – Prof Wole Soyinka


Nobel Laureate Prof Wole Soyinka has raised alarm over the Nigerian educational system which he said is in serious trouble.

Prof Soyinka made this statement on Sunday October 13th while delivering a speech at the presentation of a play entitled ‘Folly of Men’ (an adaptation of three plays from Soyinka’s ‘Trial of Brother Jero’, Femi Osofisan’s ‘No More the Wasted Breed’, and Bode Sowande’s ‘Mamiwater’s Wedding’) to mark the 90th anniversary of the Government College Ibadan at the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Soyinka described the Nigerian educational system as ‘horrifying’.

He further added the country is very low education wise, and there should be more effort in making people realize what education can be. 

“We are in serious trouble, education wise in this country. Let me not kid you; it’s horrifying,” the Nobel laureate said.

“That was why I was happy about the initiative of creating a model school and trying to resurrect this Government College and present it as the ideal. We are really very low, education wise.

“I have learnt how much they (old students association) have done in the last few days and I am very proud of their work. I just hope the government leaves them alone; don’t interfere with them. Let them bring back to everybody’s mind the possibility of what education can be.”


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