Stella Dimoko Korkus.com: Prof. Soyinka Fires Back At Critics Whispering That His Son Married An Older Woman In The US

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Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Prof. Soyinka Fires Back At Critics Whispering That His Son Married An Older Woman In The US

Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka on Tuesday lamented that some people are trying to use him to start a tribal war in the country.






Soyinka spoke at the Freedom Park on Lagos Island during the presentation of two books-‘Between Defective Memory and the Public Lie’ and ‘Green Cards, Green Gods’ under Intervention six and seven series. Soyinka, who was reacting to the negative social media reportage of the wedding of his son, Tunlewa and Nneka Ekechukwu said some people were trying to get at him by painting the wedding in bad light.


According to Soyinka, his son and Nneka had become victims of other people’s viciousness, asking whether it was a crime now for people to get married, while taking a swipe at the social media.


He said the reports on social media said his son, a 20-year man wedded a 30-year old woman, which he said was purely a lie as his son is 27 years while Nneka is 26 years old.


The so called social media, some people went and published the pictures, that wedding took place in June, nobody heard about it, I like to do things quietly, so very limited people received invitation. But why publish on your facebook such egregious lies saying my son was 20 years old and married a 30 year old woman.


They have a right to marry, but the fact of the case is that if my son, Tunlewa, I should know, is 27 years and Nneka is 26 years, so what purpose? When I say these things are not spontaneous, it is part of what I am talking about. You cannot make a mistake between 20 years and 30 years on the one hand and 26 years and 27 years on the other hand, you sit down and you concocted a lie; you have purpose.


What that purpose is, I know because it is not really those kids you are getting at, it is Wole Soyinka, it is not even the parents of the girl; the internet maggots who creep out from time to time to try and get into the world that they are still alive,” he lamented.


Soyinka added that the social media concocted another lie that he refused to attend his son’s wedding in the first place and that he had to be persuaded to do so, a report he found very offensive.


In his words: “They go further to say that Wole Soyinka refused to attend the wedding in the first place, that I had to be persuaded. I approved the wedding. I don’t understand this, nobody, not even my late parents would try to stop me from marrying anybody whom I wanted; so it is inconceivable that I will say to any of my children that I disapproved the person you want to marry, it is not possible, go and talk to any of them. So what right has anybody to sit down and said that I refused to attend and that I had to be persuaded eventually?


You see, is this linked to the alleged disparity between the two? no, that is not at all, there is a tribal thing involved. There are people who think they can use me to start a tribal war in this country. This is not the first time; a lecture which I delivered in Harvard two years ago was deliberately misreported, concocted; this is not a question of misreading or mishearing, no, something I never said. I was supposed to have said something about the Igbo, something derogatory, this came up and this went on facebook and of course an industry started immediately.


Having failed in that one, I think they were disturbed by my son marrying an Igbo girl, this girl was born in America. They were so shocked. Why are they telling these stories, what have I done to them? Why put young people through such an emotional rigour.


I want to say here that we are dealing with seriously dysfunctional people, not only dysfunctional people, but people from dysfunctional homes. I am saying to you, whatever you are, you facebook operators who think you are there to ruin people’s lives, you come from dysfunctional homes, you are to be pitied, but you are also to be fought because you are dangerous, you are very dangerous, you are danger to society, danger to humanity and danger to your own people.


From PM News

30 comments:

Miss Ess said...

I was wondering too amd i never dropped a word on it

Alloy Chikezie said...

And what if the lady is older, what's wrong in that?
People should learn to mind their business.

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Sucre said...

His last paragraph summarised internet trolls. Sad people who wants to drag others down by all means. keypad champions.

LUCILE COCONUT OIL, CARROT OIL AND BLACK SOAP ABUJA 07059605320 Pin- 2BC6235E said...

Ok cleared

Bee10(mummytwins) said...

I didn't even believe the guy is 20 hml to them

amanda favour said...

Our in-law please forgive them inugo? Happy married life to the young couple 💑 once again

DON™ said...

Thank you Sir coming out to clear the air..

Anonymous said...

I still don't get it, so what if the girl is older sef, whose business is it and how is that a problem.... if that were the case, then its their choice.

Anonymous said...

Eeya

Rhoda Rex said...

It doesn't matter tho. Love, respect and understanding is all that matters.

asanwanyi mbaise said...

Na wa

Yvonne said...

Whose business is it if the girl is older sef?

same girl said...

And so what if she was older? Doesn't seem like a big deal to me

Anonymous said...

Most of our problems as a country is from people that are supposed to be well informed ie bloggers and journalists and they know we the readers will swallow hook line and sinker. Stella posts late but she verifies first.

Madam Estateowner said...

sir, you don't owe them any explanation. let them talk , when they are tired they will keep quiet. The most important part is they are happy with each other

Anonymous said...

Nneka Ekechukwu is a girl that I know personal from Mbaise. Her father is also a professor based in the US. I wonder why people should be this wicked .

Isek said...

Most igbos are so full of hatred it is making them so sick they actually need to be pitied. This is a man who fought for (and was jailed) for the Igbos cause during the civil war but that does not stop most igbos from lashing out at him given a chance. They are so clannish and tribal they cannot understand a cosmopolitan outlook, so they keep hating!

Anonymous said...

And how many Igbo do you know? Did you read the piece at all? To you hear him call out any tribe? How different are you from the social media maggots the learned Sir described in the piece? Ignorance is a cancer eating away our society! Please get informed! #stoptribalism #saynototribaliam #alltribesrock #stopthehate

Anonymous said...

And how many Igbo do you know? Did you read the piece at all? To you hear him call out any tribe? How different are you from the social media maggots the learned Sir described in the piece? Ignorance is a cancer eating away our society! Please get informed! #stoptribalism #saynototribaliam #alltribesrock #stopthehate

Anonymous said...

When Lola and Peter Okoye got married we no hear word honestly there is nothing wrong in it. Marriage is about you two working it out together In love and trust and the ultimate with the help of God sefini
Now those who married men older than them like age bracket of 5yre older where has it led them to look at the number of celebrity marriages and normal marriages that has crashed today It has nothing to do with age or tribe.

Greatlady. said...

You are one of the trolls he is talking about who wants to start a tribal war.
What is wrong with you? And why this statement from you "most igbos, they are so clannish and tribal" and who told you he fought for the Igbo cause? And who said Igbos are the ones that lash out at him at any given chance. What do you even understand by cosmopolitan outlook?"

If you don't know what to comment, it would be very nice you read and pass because this nonsense you wrote up there is enough to start a tribal war.
I am saying this because I am a Nigerian who cares and appreciates tribal/ ethnic unity.

Greatlady. said...

Our baba. Tuale for you. Happy married life to them

Anonymous said...

Does not matter if she is older or not, many people complaining and writing want to be in her position, frustrated fools in Nigeria, bitter people roamung around

Anonymous said...

Just love this write up. "Internet maggots " yes they really are maggots, those ones in a latrine.

These Internet trolls need to be fought with fire and brimstone back to to back as it is hot. Ignoring them is like validating their attacks, false witnesses & allegations. Oh this android generation! So lost, but thank God there are sane people who will not let them triumph. Shiiittttt.


Then why are Nigerians so fixated on the age of a woman? I an not saying a 22 yr old male should get hooked to a 40+ to 50 or 60 yr old .

I know guys who are gnashing their teeth in marriage, cheating anyhow because they left the person they are most confortable, love, & cherish bc she is 2, 3, 4, 5 yrs older. They left that woman with so much knowledge & wisdom for a younger clueless, ignorant, bleaching, mamiwater hair wearing young girl. They had to conform with Nigerian society of a man must marry a woman younger.

People please wise up, matters of the heart is difficult to explain. Do not 'chook' mouth in people's relationships like that 'cause you'll never understand certain things.

Shyla said...

A typical example of what Wole Soyinka wrote up there. Bitter human beings everywhere. Oya kill yourself.

Fab Mum said...

Aren't you just the typical example of what soyinka stated above? Did you hear him mention any tribe causing the war? Did you even read the piece? I'm sure you didn't hence your grossly written comment, but if you did read, I wonder the part of your brain that did the transcription.

Baby bunny said...

Nice one Prof Woke Soyinka.

Anonymous said...

Don't allow ppl start on u here and send u running under Olumo rock. The professor has cleared the air, better leave it at that.

Lilly simple said...

Chaiiiii
Fab mum you're mouthed 😍😍😍😍😍😍

Anonymous said...

Isek Ikensi, see how you jammed yourself?

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