Why Wole Soyinka’s new book is a dire warning for Kenya

Wole Soyinka

Nigerian author and Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka. He has released his first novel since 1973 titled ‘Chronicles from the Land of the Happiest People on Earth’.


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What you need to know:

  • Soyinka is known mostly for plays and poetry though he has earlier written two novels.
  • The author hopes that the new book will cause deep reflection.

“If my heart beats for Kabul, it’s for the slopes of Bala Hissar, holding my dead in its foothills. Though not one, not one, of those wretched hearts, ever beat for me,” so writes Shakila Azizzada in her teary poem entitled, Kabul. It’s a poem of love, and being about love, about heartbreak. Shakila loves Kabul but the city doesn’t return the favour.


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