Soyinka describes Nigeria’s education situation as “horrifying”; says we are in serious trouble

Prof Wole Soyinka

Prof. Wole Soyinka has raised an alarm over the state of education in Nigeria. The Nobel Laurete described the education situation as “horrifying”, saying that the country is in trouble.

“We are in serious trouble, education wise in this country. Let me not kid you; it’s horrifying. That was why I was happy about the initiative of creating a model school and trying to resurrect this Government College and present it as the ideal. We are really very low, education wise,” Soyinka who spoke at the University of Lagos during the presentation of a play, ‘Folly of Men’, to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the Government College, Ibadan, said.

Soyinka, Femi Osofisan, Bode Sowande, Dr. Christopher Kolade who were old boys of the school were all present at the event where they received different awards. The play (Folly of Men) was an adaptation of Soyinka’s ‘Trial of Brother Jero’; Osofisan’s ‘No More the Wasted Breed’; and Sowande’s ‘Mamiwater’s Wedding’.

“I have learnt how much they (referring to the GCI old students association) have done in the last few days and I am very proud of their work. I just hope the government leaves them alone; don’t interfere with them. Let them bring back to everybody’s mind the possibility of what education can be,” the Nobel laurete said.

The GCI Old Boys Association has so far spent over N500million to renovate the school structures (including road, fence, field, hotels, etc).

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