“What passes for democracy has been recognized as pure fraudulence,” Soyinka, the activist, says.
“The descendants of those collaborators [with the slave trade] are still with us,” said Soyinka.
Like his fellow playwright-philosophers Jean-Paul Sartre and Vaclav Havel, Soyinka can be tedious.
Everyone at the table fell quiet, and “with equal quietness” Soyinka simply changed seats.
Soyinka, 31 years old, a gun in his pocket, slipped into the radio station, and stopped the announcement.
Beyond the obvious ones, there are now Colombia, Lagos' Black Culture Festival (started by Soyinka), and Jaipur, Delhi.
"This is part of the character of Great Britain," Mr. Soyinka declares.
Soyinka has spent years fighting the corrupt and ruthless regimes in his own country and elsewhere on the continent.
Asked about this after the session, Soyinka said he found it impossible to understand how anyone could deny this part of history.
Between a secular moralist and an ideologue, there is a softer, more human middle that Soyinka occupies.