Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka Discusses Ironies in Nigerian Elections

wole_soyinka_1In the wake of Nigeria’s historic elections and peaceful transition from the Goodluck Jonathan to the Muhammadu Buhari government, Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka returned to Harvard to deliver a keynote lecture entitled “Predicting Nigeria? Electoral Ironies.” Following an introduction by Biodun Jeyifo, Professor of African and African American Studies and of Comparative Literature at Harvard University, Soyinka electrified the capacity audience with his analysis of contemporary Nigerian politics and the possible future directions of the country. Soyinka also discussed the many challenges facing the newly-elected, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari. Upon assuming government,Buhari faces a number of challenges, including institutionalizing democratic norms in a country experiencing its first democratic change of government and confronting the Boko Haram insurgency in northern Nigeria.