My parents didn’t want me to marry Wole Soyinka – Folake opens up on love story

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Wife of Prof. Wole Soyinka, Mrs Folake Soyinka recently opened up on love story in an interview with The News magazine where she revealed how she and the Nobel laureate met and her initial objection . “There were objections from everywhere except from my sisters and brother who were happy if . also had the support of his siblings here. My along with most of my relatives objected, not because of anything, they just felt he too famous and too accomplished. They worried about that. But within a few months after we were married, my had changed mind and they loved him until they passed away. His close friends didn’t have a problem with but also everyone had an opinion. Then came the Nobel Prize in 1986 and that derailed everything for a of years. More than a quarter of a century later, those opinions didn’t count, we are trudging along. have enjoyed love because of him” she said


On how they met: “ knew he liked me from when in the University of Ife but was young and he was so accomplished so I was kind of worried. After I left Ife and went do my NYSC in , Dr Biodunjeyifo came visit me and said Kongi (Prof Wole Soyinka) had been looking for me. After the service year, Dr Yomi Ogunbiyi who was at the Guardian got me a job there and one day, Wole stopped by. Our courtship was interesting,” she said.

She also revealed that the Nobel laureate, who turned 80 recently, is a great cook; “He cooks and he is quite good at . He even cooked about two days ago. When the boys were really little, one day in California, he called all of the kitchen and said he wanted have a meeting. They were so young don’t even think they had any concept of what a meeting was. He lined all three according to their heights and asked me to sit. He said he has something to tell and he was only going to say once. He whipped some cooking utensils, moved them around noisily in the pot, threw some up, caught them, performed a few tricks and then told to listen. He said there were only three people in the world who can cook pasta like he does; one is , the other is in Silica, Italy and he is the third one and he is going to cook something that we have never eaten. He cooked pasta that day and we truly enjoyed it. True dramatist,” she said. (Linda Ikeji)