The Project WS80/International Cultural Exchange, now in its FIFTH year, was set up to appreciate the contribution of the Artist(e) to his/her society — using the iconic status and quintessential contribution of Prof. Wole Soyinka as a template.  Previous editions have featured advocacy lectures, children essay competitions and cutting edge interpretations of Soyinka’s plays. The 2014 edition has been expanded to also include country-wide tour of exhibition of Soyinka’s portraits (curated by the by the Olu Ajayi Studios); and a gathering of renowned and wave-making Spoken Word Artistes led by the iconic performer, Mutabaruka (from Jamaica), Javon Johnson from the US, and Sage Has.son from Nigeria and 77 others in honour of Soyinka’s poetic essences. Under the theme, FREEDOM OF CREATIVE EXPRESSION (which captures the very essentials of Soyinka’s literary and public intellectual careers), the segment is with partnership of Artwatch Africa (the freedom-of-expression arm of Africa-based Arterial Network) for the World Poetry Month, WPM (July 14) under the theme A Planet Free of Wars – For Peace, Justice and Poetry.


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7TH – 9TH JULY, 2014.

Wole Soyinka Portraits Exhibition tour:

Abeokuta – April 25 – July 14

Osogbo – June 13 & 14

Port Harcourt – June 27– 29

Lagos – July 1 – 7 at Freedom Park

Lagos – July 11 at Terra Kulture (Exhibition and spoken word.)

Lagos – July 11 & 12

Ibadan – July 15 – August 15

Jos – August 19


NB: Exhibition curated and produced in partnership with the Olu Ajayi Studios on the platform of The Legend Series.

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11TH JULY, 2014

The Soyinka Conference begins


(Art, Humanity, transition and permanence calibrating Soyinka at 80)


(NB: Conference organised by the Wole Soyinka Society with support of Project WS80. Details

  • Spoken Words Presentation

(for Conference Guests @ UNILAG (afternoon)

Mentoring session and workshop for students

Time: afternoon


* Dialogue Through Spoken Words

Time: 7pm

Venue: Terra Kulture, Victoria Island, Lagos

(accompanied by exhibition of Soyinka’s Portraits)


12TH JULY, 2014

  • Conference continues

Sight seeing and travel for students

Drama: OBA KOSO; directed by Isiaka Egunbunmi

(for Duro Ladipo Memorial Company)

Venue: June 12 Cultural Centre, Kuto, Abeokuta

Time: 2pm



13TH JULY, 2014

Venue: June 12 Cultural Centre, Kuto, Abeokuta

  • Essay writing (by 80 student finalists)

Topic: Education: Path to Freedom and the Future.

Time: 8am-10am

* Osun, & Ondo States’ Cultural Troupes perform

Time: 11am


  • ‘Do Your Thing (Prelims)

Time: 11am -1pm


  • Lunch Break –1pm-2pm


  • Do Your Own Thing (Final)

Time: 2pm-4pm


  • Spoken Word Performances

Time: 4pm-5pm


  • Grand finale of Spoken Word Performances


   Time: 8pm


NB: Produced with partnership of Artwatch Africa (the freedom-of-expression arm of Arterial Network) for the World Poetry Month, WPM (July 2014) under the theme: A PLANET FREE OF WARS – FOR PEACE, JUSTICE AND POETRY.


14TH JULY, 2014

  • Visit To Governor by 80 finalists & Announcement Of Results

Time: 9am


  • Visit To Soyinka’s Residence At Ijegba by 80 Essay finalists

Time: 11am


  • Lunch – 1-2pm


* Dialogue Through Spoken Words

Time: 5.30pm

Venue: June 12 Cultural Centre, Kuto Abeokuta


* Drama: ‘Dance Of The Forests,’ dir. By Tunde Awosanmi at Ijegba Forest.

Guests: 80 Essayists, 80 Spoken Word Artistes & other Guests (by invitation)


* CLOSING CEREMONY and Departure.



* Alapata Of Apata’ by Crown Troupe of Nigeria.

* Madmen & Specialists by Jos Repertory Theatre;

* Lanke Omuti by Tunde kelani& Tunde Awosanmi

*Wole Soyinka Portrait Exhibition — Igbale Aiye, Republic of Benin.