Soyinka Visits Igboho In Benin Republic


Nobel laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, has visited Sunday Adeyemo Igboho, the detained Yoruba nation activist, in Benin Republic.

Soyinka reportedly crossed the Seme border around noon into Cotonou.


A crowd mobbed him while he was waiting to complete immigration formalities, repeatedly asking about his destination.

He was quoted to have responded tha he was visiting Igboho to “break the Moslem fast with him.”

He said even though they are both non-Muslims; it made no difference because he wished to see Igboho to sympathise with him.

“Ramadan is as good as any other season to express non-denominational solidarity,” he added.

Igboho and his wife, Ropo, were arrested on July 19, 2021, by the International Criminal Police Organisation at the Cadjèhoun Airport in Cotonou, Benin Republic, on their way to Germany.

Beninoise officials later released his wife but clamped Igboho into detention until March this year, when they released him on the condition that he remained in the country “for the time being under full security.”

Last year, Soyinka joined other Nigerians to condemn the invasion of Igboho’s home in Ibadan by armed officials of the State Security Service (SSS).

At least two of Igboho’s supporters were killed during the incident.


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