The Committee for Relevant Art (CORA) is co-hosting Professor Wole Soyinka to an afternoon of readings, conversations and signings around his latest published collection of verses.

The book is titled: Selected Poems (1965-2022): A Retrospective, by Wole Soyinka. It is published by Bookcraft Africa.

Wole Soyinka
Wole Soyinka at CORA Book Trek

CORA’s sixth BookTrek for 2023 is being co-hosted by Bookcraft Africa, and supported by Providus Bank, and Winestitute.

The event takes place at 3 pm on Sunday, July 16, 2023 at Providus Bank Corporate Office Rooftop Lounge on Adeola Odeku Street, Victoria Island.

It will feature readings by the author himself and a cross-generation of Nigerian aesthetes.

Professor Soyinka will be engaged by two interlocutors in the course of the afternoon.

The CORA Book Trek is a periodic author-audience interface featuring readings, reviews and discussions of select books of searching historical and contemporary insight into the African condition.

It is part of CORA’s extension services, aimed at deepening Literary Appreciation and Audience Engagement with the published text.

Professor Soyinka is a globally renown playwright, novelist, poet, and essayist in the English language, who was awarded the 1986 Nobel Prize in Literature, for “a wide cultural perspective and with poetic overtones fashioning the drama of existence”,[2] the first sub-Saharan African to be honoured in that category.

The BookTrek is a front in the campaign for Literacy, geared towards boosting citizens’ EDUCATION, ENLIGHTENMENT and EMPOWERMENT, to achieve CORA’s fundamental mission of building the HUMAN CAPITAL capacity of the nation and the continent.

CORA has hosted BookTreks around five books in 2023, including Vincent Maduka’s REEL LIFE: My Years Managing Public Service Television; Simon Kolawole’s Fellow Nigerians: It’s All Politics; Ben Egbuna’s Destiny Fulfilled (Posthumous); Musikilu Mojeed’s The Letterman: Inside the ‘Secret’ Letters of former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo and Uche Nwokedi’s  A Shred of Fear.