The annual Wole Soyinka International Cultural Exchange (WSICE) held July 13 and 14, 2016 at his residence in Idi Aba, Abeokuta.
The project which took off six years ago is coincided with the 82nd birthday anniversary of the Nobel Laureate, Professor Oluwole Akinwande Soyinka, who is the grand motivation behind the project and, after whom it is named. The WSICE is organised yearly under the auspices of the Open Door Series as designed and prompted by Zmirage Multimedia Limited in collaboration with the US-based GlobalNewHaven.
As a common feature of the project in the past six years, themes and topics to be addressed by the various segments of the programme are selected to reflect current happenings in Nigeria and around the world. The overall theme for this year is CORRUPTION: A BATTLE FOR THE ARTS, which is however calibrated for the two segments of the project.
According to Alhaji Teju Kareem, executive producer of the WSICE, “This year’s theme/topic for the youth segment, is aimed at awakening the patriot in young Nigerians, even as many in the older generation have become disillusioned due to the recurrent failure of the Nigeria State.
The Open Door Series WSICE began in 2010 as an avenue to enlighten and enrich young minds through the use of various art forms including literature. It is conceived to engage the platforms of Literature, Arts and Culture in affirming and uploading the dignity of man.
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