ISBN 9789782461186
Pages 48
Dimensions 229 x 152 mm
Published 1991
Publisher Spectrum Books, Nigeria
Format Paperback

The Credo of Being and Nothingness

by Wole Soyinka

From the first African Nobel Laureate, this is the first in a series of Olufosoye Annual Lectures on Religions, delivered at the University of Ibadan in 1991. Soyinka, in his characteristically stimulating way, discusses the religions of Nigeria in their national context, and other religions from around the world. The author says

'At one conceptual level or the other...deeply embedded as an article of faith, is a relegation of this material world to a mere staging-post...then universal negation...Existence, as we know it, comes to the end that was pre-ordained from the beginning of time. Indeed, time itself comes to anend.'

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About the Author

Wole Soyinka

As a dramatist, poet, novelist, essayist, political activist and professor, Wole Soyinka is perhaps Africa’s most brilliant cultural ambassador and critic, and a notable commentator on world affairs. He was the first African to win the Nobel Prize for Literature (1986) and two of his works, the play Death and the King’s Horseman and Aké: Years of Childhood, an autobiographical account of his childhood, have recently been listed in Africa’s 100 Best Books of the 20th Century. He holds an honorary doctorate from Yale University, and has served as visiting professor at Yale and Cambridge universities. He has spent long periods in political exile, but is now living again in Nigeria.