Wole Soyinka: ‘I Never Called Patience Jonathan An Illiterate’

Prof Wole Soyinka has denied calling Patience Jonathan an illiterate, after the infamous video where the first lady was weeping over the missing Chibok girls went viral. A statement attributed to Wole Soyinka read

‘When you marry an illiterate woman as a wife, you will definitely make stupid decisions like jonathan’

In a new release by him, he says he never said anything like that: Read his new statement

“While I have on occasion found myself compelled to publicly chastise Mrs. Jonathan over unacceptable conduct, I have NEVER referred to her as “illiterate” nor linked President Jonathan’sgovernance with his wife’s educational attributes or lack thereof.I therefore repudiate this statementthat could only have stemmed from some ignorant clod, who is additionally devoid of the moral courage of his or her own untenable convictions.

To attribute to me the slightest interest in the choice of a spouse by man or woman is a complete travesty of my near obsessive belief in the sanctity of private relationships. I intend to take whatever legal steps are available once we have succeeded in tracing the source of this execrable material.Let me take this opportunity to announce yet again that I do not tweet, blog or whatever goes on in this increasingly promiscuous medium.”


“I do not run a Facebook, even though I am aware that one or two serious-minded individuals/groups have instituted some such forum on their own, for the purpose of disseminating factual information on my activities. I neither contribute to, nor comment on the contents of their “calendar”. “I shall appreciate your immediate help in this matter. To speak generally, Internet abuse is getting to be a universal plague, one that goes beyond personal embarrassment and umbrage. “I strongly recommend collective, professional action to protect the integrity of the medium, and save it from becoming a mere vomitorium for unprincipled scallywags with, or even with no particular axe to grind. Such a trend is fraught with outright danger, and should not be underestimated.


  1. Pl define an illitrate and tell us by what standard she is one. may be u are d one dat misquoted d prof due to ur selfish inclinations n malicious tendencies towards her person n position. why nt look 4 something beta to do?

  2. But wait a minute, come to think of it,Must we behave or speak grammar like OYINBOS before one can be count or termed to be Litrates? After all we accepted PIGIN oR BROKEN ENGLISH in NIGERIA what is all these hoolabab all about concerning our first lady? Arabs,Russians,Chinese,etc always communicate in their mother tongues.Mrs Good lucky was very emotion&she was just been a good mother &people should leave Wole soyinka out of these,he can never call Mrs patience Jonathan an illitrate& as for the first lady let move ahead& continue to do her BEST& put Enemies to shame.

  3. If i can’t do that, then d one i hold in high esteem and a menthol can never down grade himself to involve in politic, pls leave our father wole out of nigeria politic, he will always b a an elder statesman

  4. All these people commenting on the only woman who has been the wife of a senior lecturer, deputy governor,two time governor, vice president & president of the federal Republic of Nigeria…there is God O!