Africa’s foremost Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka, has written a poem in honour of Leah Sharibu and other Chibok girls – Soyinka said that Leah’s braveness reminds him of the South African freedom fighter, Nelson Mandela.
He also said that Boko Haram insurgency is more ideological and meta-physical.
The poet therefore dedicated a new ode in praise Leah Sharibu and Chibok girls. Speaking at Georgetown University, Washington, Soyinka compared Leah to the African freedom fighter, Nelson Mandela.
The renown poet said: “We must celebrate the exception who said ‘no’ as it reminded me of Mandela who refused conditional release.”
In the poem titled Mandela comes to Leah, Soyinka said: “Faith is not of compulsion…her torch undimmed in the den of zealots.”
Soyinka said he was unable to render a part of the work since he broke down the last time he tried to recite it. He reacted to a claim that poverty and desperation are the root causes of Boko Haram.
He said that it is instead ideological and meta-physical and “we should not underestimate it. We’re dealing with something much deeper.”
Soyinka spoke of the son of a former Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) who was upper middle class, but disappeared with his family to join ISIS abroad, adding that “there’s a will to deny the possibility of horror and evil. “We have reached a point where we have to go beyond the material analysis of this phenomenon.
It goes beyond poverty and marginalisation. The ideology of sheer morbidity.” Soyinka decried the 20 American intellectuals who rejected the stance that Boko Haram is a terrorist group. He said: “It took my breath away. Some were my friends, (but) there they were in all seriousness simply because they had a very wrong analytical approach to this problem. We must simply jettison the language of political correctness.