Nobel laureate Professor Wole Soyinka has said technology is creating a new generations of illiterates in Nigerian society.
Soyinka stated this at the CANEX Live Theatre closing ceremony of the 3rd Intra-African Trade Fair, IATF 2023, in Cairo on Friday. The fair was convened by the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank), in collaboration with the African Union and AfCFTA.
The Nobel laureate said, “Simultaneously, it’s a very large subject, and we can go on for the next seminars over the next few weeks over this issue. I want us to understand that, on the other hand, there’s a new culture taking place about which we have to be very careful; I call it the Internet culture.
This is a marvelous technology; this is a liberating technology. The so-called Arab Spring, for instance, among many movements, was able to take life and be successful where they’ve been utilising that culture of instant communication; these are positive. However, as a new, tyrannical, insolent, and abusive culture, the culture of submental humanity in our midst, which you can give the rough name of the new Internet culture, in which real creativity is being downgraded, even despised for cheap, populist, nasty, subversive, humanly subversive culture.”