The ninth edition of Wole Soyinka International Cultural Exchange Project, WSICE 84, ended yesterday in Abeokuta, Ogun State.
Themed, The Pursuit of Truth (Truth and the National Psyche), it featured a yearly essay competition, which had been a regular event in the cultural exchange.
This year’s event saw 84 students, symbolic of Soyinka’s age, writing analyses of three of the Nobel laureate’s poems in a reality television-like setting at the 1000-seater amphitheatre situated in the neighbourhood of the laureate’s Autonomous Residency Ijegba (ARI) in the forested part of Ibara Housing Estate, Abeokuta.
The winning poems were actually unveiled some minutes to the commencement of the essay writing exercise.
A thousand students from Ogun State schools joined them in different workshops that held yesterday.
Poets drawn from writers organisations domiciled in Ogun State conducted the workshops. The students were given opportunity to showcase their individual talents and skills during the workshops.
The results of the final essay competition were announced yesterday and awards (for winners) and certificates given to all participants.
The WSICE is a yearly programme initiated in 2010 by the management of ZMirage Multimedia Company led by the technical theatre exponent, and businessman, Alhaji Teju Kareem and the US-based GlobalNewHaven headed by the theatre director and culture scholar, Professor Segun Ojewuyi.
Source: G Entertainment