The Interpreter: Ritual, Violence and Social Regeneration in the Writing of Wole Soyinka

A concern for social regeneration stands as the factor that animates Soyinka’s life-long involvement in social and political activism, leading to his incarceration for two years during the civil war, and his having to flee into exile during the period of Sani Abacha’s dictatorship. Soyinka expresses this same concern for social regeneration in his writings, using different metaphors. More

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  • Language: English
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About Hakeem Bello

Hakeem Bello is currently the Special Adviser on Media to Mr Babatunde Fashola (SAN), the Governor of Lagos State. He obtained a B.A. in English at the University of Ilorin in 1988, and an M.A. in the same discipline at the University of Ibadan in 1990, submitting a dissertation at the end of the programme on the drama of Wole Soyinka.

Bello taught briefly in the Department of General Studies, University of Ibadan, teaching and assessing undergraduate students in the Use of English. His essay titled “Ritual Archetypes and Aesthetic Vision in Soyinka’s Plays” was published in Wole Soyinka: The African Literary Muse edited by Bayo Ogunjimi et al in 1994. He was soon to veer into journalism, starting as a Senior Staff Writer in Sunday Times, and rising to become the editor of Daily Times, then Nigeria’s foremost daily tabloid in 2000.

A 1997 fellow of Salzburg Seminar, Austria, Hakeem Bello was a participant at the 1995 International Visitors Programme of the United States Information Service (USIS) during which time he visited six cities in the United States of America. He was also a regular participant in the conferences of the World Editors Forum, organized by the World Association of Newspapers, and once served on its Governing Board. Bello also served as the Executive Editor of National Interest newspapers before joining the government of Mr Babatunde Fashola (SAN) in 2007. He was first appointed the Senior Special Assistant on Media and later elevated to the rank of Special Adviser.

Bello is a Fellow of the Nigerian Guild of Editors, Nigeria Union of Journalists, Nigerian Institute of Public Relations and Nigerian Institute of Management. He is married to Bunmi Bello and together, they have four children.

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