BASE members discuss Wole Soyinka and symbols of Britain’s colonial past

BASE members Rcel-soyinkaay Taiwo and Mariah Kalidas on Wole Soyinka's recollection of imperialism at Cambridge in the seventies.

Wole Soyinka recalls the moment he came face to face with what he saw as a symbol of colonial oppression on campus.

As a visiting fellow at Churchill College, Cambridge in the mid-1970s, the renowned Nigerian dramatist and poet would pass a bust of Winston Churchill on the college staircase each day.

“Each time I came down the stairs and saw that bust, I had an overwhelming urge to push it down and see it crash,” said Professor Soyinka, who in 1986 became the first black African to win the Nobel Prize for Literature.

“Churchill was representative of British imperialism – he was quite insistent that what Britain had in Africa it should hold,” added Professor Soyinka in an interview with Times Higher Education. READ FULL ARTICLE ON THE

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