The new generation are a bunch of ignorant internet trolls – Wole Soyinka blasts Nigerian youth


Nobel laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka has blasted Nigerian youth as he referred them as a generation of internet trolls who are ignorant.

He made this remark when he spoke at the launch of InnoCreativa Youth Hub 2030 and project logo by Creative Youth Community Development Initiative (CYCDI) held at The Civic Centre, Lagos.

He said that that the country was raising a generation of illiterates who were all pumped up on social media but lifeless when it was time to take action.

He enjoined the young ones to stop typing rubbish on the internet and get on their feet to actually do something. 


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“They are waiting for Wole Soyinka to lead a march to Aso Rock. It is about time to get off your feet and stop writing rubbish on the internet about things you do not understand. I do not know how to describe the new generation beyond a generation of internet trolls.

“Nigerian youth are full of spunk outside, but when they are inside Nigeria, they are full of gas. We are building a generation of illiterates. They are the first to comment on the internet on issues they are ignorant about. When you talk about education, I get texts from the new generation and can’t believe these texts are from the youth.

“When I decided to build my house in the forest, I bought a second-hand diesel generator and asked someone to dig a borehole. I wanted to be self-sufficient. What I want to pass on to you is that I thought of the possibility of being self-reliant. This entails that I can come to cooperatives with others and demand things from the government by any means necessary.” Soyinka said

This is all coming after a young man on a plane had demanded Soyinka vacate his seat on an airplane. 

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