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They Are Illiterates, Generation Of Internet Trolls, Soyinka Hits Youths Hard

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Renowned playwright and Nobel Laureate Prof Wole Soyinka has in no uncertain terms described the current generation of Nigerian youth as illiterates.

Renowned playwright and Nobel Laureate Prof Wole Soyinka have in no uncertain terms described the current generation of Nigerian youth as illiterates.

The octogenarian stated this at the launch of InnoCreativa Youth Hub 2030 and project logo by Creative Youth Community Development Initiative (CYCDI) at The Civic Centre, Lagos.

He accused the youth of giving opinions on issues they know nothing about.

“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.

Wole Soyinka
Wole Soyinka

“When I decided to build my house in the forest, I bought a second-hand diesel generator and asked someone to dig a borehole. I wanted 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.”

The wordsmith said the youth are not ready to take up the gauntlet, noting that they are still waiting for him to lead them on a march.

“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.

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