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Wole Soyinka in Lead Contest for Prestigious Chair in Poetry

Africa’s first Nobel laureate in Literature, Prof. Wole Soyinka, could also become the first African poet to be elected as Professor of Poetry at the University of Oxford, after an election by Convocation (all Oxford degree-holders) in June.

The 300 year old position at Oxford University involves giving three lectures each year, judging in some poetry competitions, and helping to promote the importance of poetry in the university. Lectures given by the Professor of Poetry are open to the public, and traditionally attract large audiences. If Soyinka is successful, this will bring renewed interest in African poetry and in human rights issues for progressive African policy.

PANEL DISCUSSION ON CRUCIBLE OF THE AGES

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Aderoyka, Ivor Agyeman-Duah and Toyin Falola    Abena Busia and Ogochukwu Promise

Celebrations in honour of Prof. Wole Soyinka for his 80th birthday ended in Indiana in the United States at the African Studies Association (ASA) conference annual meeting in November 2014. A panel discussion on the book which was previously launched at the University of Oxford, in London by the British Library and The Royal African Society had for the US launch and discussion, Prof. Toyin Falola the President of the ASA co-chair with Mr. Ivor Agyeman-Duah co-editor of the book and Development Policy Advisor of The Lumina Foundation (with co-editor and Chief Executive, Dr. Ogochukwu Promise) .

Prof. Abena Busia, a poet and contributor to the book and Prof. David Owusu-Ansah  of James Madison University who helped to put the panel together also spoke at the session.

Crucible of AgesTHE LUMINA FOUNDATION, CENTRE FOR INTELLECTUAL RENEWAL AND THE GLOBAL MEDIA ALLIANCE LAUNCHES CRUCIBLE OF THE AGES: ESSAYS IN HONOUR OF WOLE SOYINKA AT 80

There was a historic literary event in Accra, Ghana when the President of the country, John Mahama was joined by the President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame to launch the book, Crucible of the Ages: Essays in Honour of Wole Soyinka at 80. The book edited by Ivor Agyeman-Duah and Ogochukwu Promise has a foreword by the former Commonwealth Secretary- General, Chief Emeka Anyaoku and contributions from 30 other distinguished individuals including three Nobel laureates- the late Nadine Gordimer, Toni Morrison and Derek Walcott as well as Ama Ata Aidoo, Ngugi wa Thiong' o, Kwame Anthony Appiah, Henry Louis Gates Jr., Abena Busia, Atukwei Okai, Sefi Atta . Others are Presidents John Mahama, Thabo Mbeki and the king of Asante, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II.
 
The event was attended by Professor Soyinka and Chief Anyaoku as well  as former  Ghanaian President, John Agyekum Kufuor and the wife of former President Jerry John Rawlings, Nana Konadu ,ministers of state, members of the diplomatic corps and many other distinguished individuals.
This follows the Oxford and London launches of the book.

We present to you a photo story of the event.

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