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Nigerian education horrifying, country in serious trouble –Soyinka

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Nobel Laurete, Wole Soyinka has lamented the state of Nigeria’s education which he described as horrifying.

He made this known during the presentation of a play, ‘Folly of Men’ at the University of Lagos on Sunday.

The event was also in commemoration of the 90th anniversary of the Government College , Ibadan, which Soyinka is an old student of.


While fielding questions from journalist, Soyinka stated that the educational system in Nigeria is nothing to wrote home about.

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“ We are in serious trouble , education wise in this country . Let me not kid you ; it ’ s horrifying . That was why I was happy about the initiative of creating a model school and trying to resurrect this Government College and present it as the ideal. We are really very low, education wise .

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“ I have learnt how much they ( old students association ) have done in the last few days and I am very proud of their work. I just hope the government leaves them alone ; don ’ t interfere with them . Let them bring back to everybody ’ s mind the possibility of what education can be , ” the renowned writer said .

Also in attendance is playwright Femi Osofisan who requested for more funding from the government to make the educational system work

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The playwright said , “ What pains us now is that the school (Government College Ibadan ) could produce people of worth before , but the whole thing has gone down now. We are hoping that this help generate new impetus and action about the school and education . ”

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