Nobel laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka has revealed that he doesn’t practice any religion or worship any deity, thereby creating an impression that he’s neither a Muslim nor Christian not even a traditional worshipper.
Soyinka made this known on Sunday while presenting his two-volume collection of essays, noting that he doesn’t see anything wrong in using mythologies as part and parcel of his creative warehouse.
He also said that he is a mythologist and believes that people have a right to create myths around themselves based on their experiences in life.
“Do I really need one (religion)? I have never felt I needed one. I am a mythologist.
“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,” he said.
The Nobel Laureate added that he believes people have a right and cannot help creating mythologies around themselves.
Akinwande Oluwole Babatunde Soyinka, known as Wole Soyinka, is a Nigerian playwright, novelist, poet, and essayist in the English language.
He was awarded the 1986 Nobel Prize in Literature, for “in a wide cultural perspective and with poetic overtones fashionning the drama of existence