The festival, dubbed “Africa’s biggest Culture Picnic”, is an art festival with a heavy book content, with the commitment to translate the ‘teeming’ population of Nigeria into a true human resource by developing their mind.
In Soyinka’s honor, Prof. Biodun Jeyifo—Harvard don and foremost critic of Soyinka’s delivered the keynote address on Soyinka’s contribution to the quest for Freedom and Justice for all people. The speech will set-off discussions on Soyinka’s non-fiction and its impact on freedom and nation building.
The second session which was tagged Soyinka: the public intellectual. Prof. Chidi A. Odinkalu—chairman of the Nigeria Human Rights Commission—set the tone for discussions with an address on Soyinka the great defender of freedom of speech.
Also, there were readings and performance of Soyinka’s plays and poems: Dance of the Forest, Madmen & Specialists, King Baabu, Beatification of an Area boy, and The Road. The festival also featured poets cum rap artistes who entertained the audience with poetry and spoken word recitation in tribute to Prof Wole Soyinka.