Browsing: Ilorin

Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, has an identity crisis.  Although its language and dominant culture is Yoruba, the people insist that they are not Yoruba but ‘Ilorin,’ an amorphous identity that does not draw from ethnicity but rather from a fluid cultural identity that evolved due to the unique history of the people and the city. 

A little over a week ago, Professor Wole Soyinka turned the attention of Nigerians from their current harrowing economic existence to one of the tyrannies that religion inflicts on them. Prof. Soyinka was apparently in his elements. For decades, he had fought battles of willful violations of human existence in various guises.