Wole Soyinka: Nigerian Youth A Generation of Internet Trolls

Wole Soyinka

Respected Nobel Prize laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka has advised Nigerian youth to stop spouting nonsense on the internet

The professor was speaking at the official launch of Solution 17, in Lagos and there he said that Nigerian youth were bold abroad but the ones at home seem meek and have too easily accepted their lot in life.

“Nigerian youths are full of spunk outside but when they are inside Nigeria, they are full of gas. We are building a generation of illiterates. They are the first to comment on the internet on issues they are ignorant about. When you talk about education, I get texts from the New Generation and can’t believe these texts are from the youth.’ he said.

Speaking further, Wole Soyinka stated that the youth need to be more vehement in demanding their rights from the government.

“The Nigerian youth schooling outside the country reminded me of what it was like to be a student in racist England in the 50s. You always wanted to have a Jamaican with you when you were in a fight because Jamaicans never understood the term, ‘surrender’.

Soyinka added, “They are waiting for Wole Soyinka to lead a march to Aso Rock. It is about time to get off your feet and stop writing rubbish on the Internet about things you do not understand. I do not know how to describe the New Generation beyond a generation of Internet trolls.

“When I decided to build my century in the forest, I bought a second-hand diesel generator and asked someone to dig a borehole. I wanted it to be self-sufficient. What I want to pass on to you is that I thought of the possibility of being self-reliant. This entails that I can come to cooperatives with others and demand things from the government by any means necessary.”



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