And I Met Prof. Wole Soyinka Again
And yesterday I met the great literary icon, Prof. Wole Soyinka again.
We have met before on three different occasions. Our first meeting was at the public presentation of a small book of original poems at the Nimbus Art Gallery on Maitama Sule Street, off Awolowo Road in South-West Ikoyi, Lagos; the second meeting at the prize giving event of the annual Nigeria Prize for Literature sponsored by the Nigeria LNG Limited when my friend, Adeleke O'Adeyemi, aka "Mai Nasara" won the coveted prize of US$100, 000 for his children's book, The Missing Clock and our third meeting was some years ago at Freedom Park at an event organised by CNN award winning journalist, Tolu Ogunlesi.
The first black Nobel laureate in Literature knows me as the author of The Prophet Lied which he has read. I met him at the Freedom Park on the Lagos Island, Africa's largest megacity before my important appointment with the famous Remi Vaughan-Richards, one of the leading award winning female filmmakers from Nigeria. Fast rising Nollywood filmmaker, Jleo Uche, director of the most anticipated new films in Nigeria, "The Trip To Libya" and sci-fi epic, "The Legend of Gatuso" was with me when I bowed my head to greet the lion of African literature as he was discussing with the highly regarded Jahman Anikulapo, Executive Director, iREP Film Festival, Programme Chairman, Committee for Relevant Art, CORA; Progranne Head, Culture Advocates Caucus, CAC, organisers of WordSlam and former Editor of the Sunday Guardian.
The appointment with Remi was to discuss new film projects. We discussed reminiscences of her famous parents, the famous British-Nigerian architect, Alan Vaughan-Richards and Ayo Vaughan-Richards (née Vaughan) a nurse who was the daughter of a hotelier from the James Churchill Vaughan family of Lagos.