Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Environment that Made Prof. Wole Soyinka a Great Writer

Your environment affects your development in life. And the first black Nobel Laureate in Literature, Prof. Wole Soyinka is an example of this which he clearly documented in his autobiography Ake The Years of Childhood, now adapted for a movie, http://www.soyinkasakefilm.com/01/.
Bola Abass analyses how Soyinka's family background and environment contributed to his development.

«"Wole Soyinka is the only African writer who is well known to the public in the West. A film adaptation of his childhood narrative is a very big pie to dip one's hand in"»
~ Fiona Ledger, BBC World Service, London

Appropriate gift development depends so much on the environment one was born and raised in. This is the basis of the heredity and environment argument. If Professor Soyinka was born in a remote area, and perhaps didn’t go to school, one wonders what he would have become. Soyinka was born in Abeokuta. His father, Samuel Ayodele Soyinka (whom he called S.A. or “Essay”), was an Anglican minister and the headmaster of St. Peters School in Abẹokuta. His mother, Grace Eniola Soyinka (whom he dubbed the “Wild Christian”), owned a shop in the nearby market. She was a political activist within the women’s movement in the local community.
Even if he wasn’t born into books, attending school would have unearthed his gift or perhaps been discovered by his teachers, and the school environment would have been a good one to develop the gift.

Read more on http://abassbola88.wordpress.com/2014/08/26/is-knowing-your-purpose-enough/

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