Ethiopian youngest millionaire Sentayehu Bizuneh


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Ethiopian youngest millionaire Sentayehu Bizuneh interview with Frie Dagi Family. This helps to explain the curious title of the first novel, The Interpreters. It is not about a class of clerical functionaries who mediate communication among people speaking different languages. It is about a group of young Nigerian professionals, “lean-to’s” in the language of the 1960s, who have returned from studies in Europe to establish themselves in their newly independent country. Their fortunes are mixed, for various reasons: the corruption of the ruling elite places obstacles in their path at every turn, but equally, their challenges are far from straightforward.

 

And now right out of the blue, he has surprised us with yet another product of his fertile imagination and his inexhaustible energy. At 83, Soyinka is still writing, arguing, celebrating, and championing the African and Nigerian causes that are the same. When he writes about Nigeria, it is as if he is addressing Africa and vice versa. Writing about Soyinka’s new novel, David Attwell, a University of York, lecturer and literary critic says, “In part, Chronicles takes off from The Interpreters in following a group of young professionals, who meet as students in the UK, into late middle age and the height of their careers.

 

Soyinka published his new novel entitled; Chronicles from the Land of the Happiest People on Earth” is published 48 years after The Interpreters which was published in 1965. According to Wikipedia, “The novel is set in the 1960s, in post-independence and pre-civil war Nigeria, mainly in Lagos. There are five main characters in the novel: the foreign ministry clerk Egbo, the university professor Bandele, the journalist Sagoe, the engineer turned sculptor Sekoni, and the artist Kola. They were friends at high school, then went abroad to study, and returned to start middle-class jobs in Nigeria.”

 

Stylistically, “The narrative of The Interpreters is seemingly chaotic, with Soyinka constantly returning to past events, and some effort is needed for the understanding of even the main characters, especially Egbo and Sagoe. Many other characters (university professors, editor board of the newspaper Sagoe is working in) are given schematically, fully conforming to the prevailing stereotypes of the era. This is because the novel was published in the 1960s, shortly after many of the African states became independent, and Soyinka tried to build his narrative to oppose the stereotypes that were generally included in a post-colonial novel.” The structure of the narrative also ultimately forms a comment on the events that occur in the lives of several characters.”

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