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Chimamanda faults Soyinka over fascist labelling of Baba-Ahmed’s interview

Chimamanda faults Soyinka over fascist labelling of Baba-Ahmed's interview



By Christian George

A Nigerian born International author, Chimamanda Adichie has condemned Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka for describing Labour Party Vice Presidential candidate, Datti Baba-Ahmed as fascist.

The author who spoke on Arise TV Tuesday night said she holds Soyinka in high esteem and admired him, but that she disagreed with him on this particular issue about Datti.

“Because I respect Soyinka a lot, I went back and watch the interview again. I think fascism is a really strong word, which often made me think of Mussolini of Italy.We use it now. I do not see any reason Datti Baba-Ahmed’s interview would have been termed fascist.

“I think he was making a very strongly and fair point about the election and he was saying, which again, I thought is fairly reasonable, that if our democracy is rooted in the constitution and you then swear in a person who is being elected unconstitutionally, and you are in fact ending democracy. I think it is quite a reasonable position. Of course we can argue about what that means in the constitution,” Adichie said.

She said that the recent elections has taught her alot including reading Nigerian constitution to know what it entails.

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