The Wole Soyinka International Cultural Exchange (WSICE) made itsd digitaldebut July 12. The three-day event marks the literary icon and Nobel Laureate’s 86th birthday and the tenth anniversary of thec cultural fest.
Popular for pulling in global and national participants in a whirl of
activities as essay contests, literary tours, conferences and advocacy, the event raises global and national discuss targeted at the development of the future generation.
Themed on the Ubuntu philosophy, “I Am Because We Are’, WSICE 2020
scheduled from July 12 to 14 addresses the present reality of a pandemic-ridden with a call for the re-definition of humanity post the COVID-19 pandemic, where there is equality and development for all peoples.
In a congratulatory video message to the celebrant, long-time sponsor of the event, Ogun State governor, Dapo Abiodun commended the authora activist whose philosophy and works, he notes, not only
placed the state and Nigeria in the world map but contributes to the
understanding of the human essence whilst acknowledging common
humanity of all. “We salute his candour … his choices … all these make him a man to imitate,” states Abiodun.
Declaring the event open, the OOnirisa of Ile Ife, Adeyeye Enitan Adewusi described the festival’s theme “crucial, and the essence of a
Yoruba man”. “Yorubas believe that ‘I Am Because You Are”, continues
the OOni, “We believe that without you there will be no us. We love
and care for one another. Ubuntu is the love we have for each other.”
Addressing guests and participants, Soyinka recited his poem, “A Child
Before A Mirror of Strangers,” his measured calm tone driving home the
Divided into two separate arms, the conference and the advocacy,
events kicked off with the zoom conference and symposium sessions
yesterday, which saw keynote speaker Prof. Li-Rong Lily Cheng of San
Diego State University, and four other panelists US-based Dominican
Republican, Christian Aquino Sterling; UK-based but Trinidad and
Tobago born cultural activist, Shabaka Thompson; Canadian based
Nigerian, Dr, Bunmi Oyinsan, China’s Shenmo Education Founder, Michael
Li, and South African Education Administration, Leolyn Jackson
weigh-in on the Ubuntu philosophy.
In her keynote address entitled, “Pursuit of Happiness and Our Common
Humanity,” Prof, Cheng elaborating on the Ubuntu concept of “I Am
Because We Are” touched on principles such as Happiness, Courage, Bravery,
Competence, Attitude, the 3Cs, the 3Es, Acumen among others as
qualities and avenues through which people, individuals and the world
at large can apply “the common good of all” while acknowledging the
“humanity of all” in whatever they do in order to reimagine better
world for all post the pandemic.