IPI World Congress 2018 has ended

The International Press Institute (IPI) held its 2018 annual World Congress in Abuja, Nigeria from 21-23 June 2018. Under the theme “Why Good Journalism Matters”, the World Congress affirmed the indispensable role of quality media in building strong societies, showcasing investigative stories and projects that bring positive change to individuals and communities in Africa and around the world.

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Wole Soyinka

Nobel Prize Laureate for Literature
Born in western Nigeria in 1934, Wole Soyinka received the Nobel Prize in literature in 1986. Essentially a playwright, he is also an internationally renowned essayist, poet, novelist, theatre director and scholar. He writes primarily in English and his works are distinguished by their exploration of the African worldview, and are steeped in Yoruba mythology, imagery and dramatic idioms. Some of his earliest work is based on his imprisonment from 1967 to 1969 during the Nigerian Civil War, when he was arrested and accused of conspiring with the Biafra rebels after he wrote an article appealing for a cease-fire agreement.

He was educated in Nigeria and Leeds, England, where he took his doctorate in literature in 1973. Since then he has been awarded honorary doctorates at numerous universities around the world and has received many prestigious writing awards. Between 1993 and 1998 Wole Soyinka was again forced into exile as a result of his opposition to a military dictatorship and its brutalities. Soyinka has since assumed a position as professor emeritus at Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria and he frequently lectures as a visiting professor/distinguished scholar at other American, European and African universities.

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My Speakers Sessions

Friday, June 22

20:30 WAT