The Eko Foundation bought a full page advertorial in The Punch last week. They raged and flailed at the issue I raised about Soyinka as chairman of the Lagos @ 50 Committee set up by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode.
It was rage without rhythm. I advise the foundation to go for anger management counselling. After that, they can reply my column. They also tried to show their erudition with some white men’s quotes.
I thought they were nativists, so why did they not quote only Lagos indigenes? They are waking up to the fact that this is a cosmopolitan world.
They also turned themselves into advocates of Senior Advocates of Nigeria. So angry were they that they forgot to be their own advocates.
After confessing innocence about impugning the stature of W.S., they could not reconcile that with disqualifying him from the committee. They had no logic to advance over “no Lagos house,” or my point that he reflected the “sights and sounds” of the city.
They had ears or eyes, but they did not see and hear the performance of his play, The Beatification of The Area Boys. The high and low, including indigenes, saw the drama’s sights and sounds at the Freedom Park last year. Maybe the natives of Eko Foundation were out of town.
My advice: since they have nothing to add to knowledge, they should keep mum.