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WOLE SOYINKA: EX-MILITARY OFFICERS MUST LEARN AFRICAN RHYTHM BEFORE JOINING POLITICS

Prof. Wole Soyinka, first African Nobel laureate in literature, has urged Ex-Military Officers who are in politics to have deep organic African rhythm before joining politics.

Speaking at the African Drum Festival in Abeokuta, Soyinka said” They have very stereo-typical discipline and there is a need to inject African rhythm into their behavioral attitudes, if we want them, they must learn before elections. We need to take the military mentality off them and covert their sense of rhyme and rhythmically sensitize them as part of the tools to join politics.

He added that “we have lost certain rhythm, because we don’t listen to good poetry and sound of drums”.

Soyinka condemned some television programmes on air, not inconsonant with African rhythm and thematically badly treated.

In this speech Oba Gbadebo, Alake of Egbaland said “Military Officers do not take any rhythm that does belong  to them”.

In his words, Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, created an acarpella for Governor Amosun, praising him for the drum festival, while Major-General Balogun (Rtd) Ex. Governor of Ogun State, stated that “nothing anybody can do to demolish bridges or roads as achievement Amosun has done”.

Speaking to declare the event open Governor Amosun said “The city centre has capacity to sit 10,000 people and as a Senator, I will make sure that the festival is fully accepted by Federal Government.

He disclosed that, icons like Ebenezer Obey, Fela Anikulapo, and other new talents will be celebrated during the programme.