December 2, 2022

Nobel Laureate winner Professor Wole Soyinka has said he doesn’t have need for any religion.

He described himself as a mythologist, an expert in the study of myth (a traditional story, especially one concerning the early history of a people or explaining a natural or social phenomenon, and typically involving supernatural beings or events).

In a public presentation of his two-volume collection of essays on Sunday, the Nobel laureate
explained though he doesn’t worship deities.

He however he ‘considers them as creatively real’ thus, serving as his companions in his journey; in both the real and the imaginative world.

According to Soyinka: “Do I really need one (religion)? I have never felt I needed one.

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“I am a mythologist. I believe that people have a right and cannot help creating mythologies around themselves, around their experiences about what they project from the inner recesses of their minds as answers to questions.

“And so I find nothing wrong with utilising mythologies as part and parcel of my creative warehouse.

“But religion? No I don’t worship any deity. But I consider deities as creatively real and therefore my companions in my journey in both the real world and the imaginative world.”

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