I Almost Committed Suicide at 10 – Wole Soyinka
Who knows how many great lives might gone in one careless way or the other. Who knows what would have happened if Wole Soyinka’s life was cut short if he had succeeded in pulling his father’s dane gun.
In a speech he gave at his 80th birthday celebration in Abeokuta, Ogun state on sunday, he said, “I used to go with my father when he hunted. It was a mere air gun but was good enough for squirrels, the wild pigeon and occasional rabbit. I was just curious. One day I sat in the house’s frontage waiting for him to come out of his bedroom so I could accompany him.
“I just felt there was something about that part of his gun which he used to pull. I tried the same motion and it just exploded; but he knew it was his fault so he never chided me. He knew he should never have left that gun loaded
and he knew me enough to know that I had learnt that lesson and I didn’t need to be reminded of it. Of course, there was a sort of mutual standoff; I was not rebuked but he knew I was not going to do it again”
The author, poet and playwright is globally known for his Nobel Prize in Literature Award and Academy of Achievement Golden Plate award which he acquired in 1986 and 1993 respectively.