WSICE2018... For WS@84
Scenes from the opening events of the 4-day WOLE SOYINKA INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL EXCHANGE (WSICE2018) programme marking the 84th birthday anniversary of the Nobel laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka... at The AmphiTheatre located in the forested neighbourhood of Soyinka's Autonomous Residence of Ijegba (A.R.I), Idi Aba Estate, Abeokuta.
84 students from 21 states of the federation are currently writing the annual essay competition, they are writing analysis of three of Soyinka's poems based on the year's theme: "Flowers for my Land"; Children of the Land, and Live Burial -- taken from three of his poetry collection: A SHUTTTLE IN THE CRYPT; SAMARKAND & THE OTHER MARKETS I HAVE KNOWN, and IDANRE & OTHER POEMS.
The Special Guest of Honour of the year is Master MERCY SOBANDE, the 10-year old student of Federal College of Education Staff School, Abeokuta, who just released his first book, PRINCESS SARAH & OTHER STORIES, who paid visit to the finalists while in the reality-like Essay Writing competition.
The programme continues this afternoon with the students visiting Abeokuta's famous tourism site, OLUMO heritage site.
In the evening, they will have a session of free creative expressions under the event item: DO YOUR OWN THING.
Tomorrow, the 14th, is a full day of activities with Mentoring and Workshop sessions on creativity.
A special Poetry writing and performance session will be held for the country-wide 84 finalists and 1000 students drawn from around about 100 schools in Ogun State, courtesy of the Ministry of Education. The workshop will feature members of the Ogun State chapter of Association of igerin Authors, ANA led by the chairman, Dada Olanipekun
In the course of the workshop, the finalists and 1000 Ogun students will be visited by the Governor of Ogun, Senator Ibikunle Amosun and members of his cabinet as part of the Mentoring.
For the climax, the "birthday boy" Wole Soyinka will play host to the 1084 students-guests at the Amphitheatre
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