Wole Soyinka: The Deceptive Silence of Stolen Voices

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  • Craig McLuckie (Okanagan College)

“The Deceptive Silence of Stolen Voices” (January 2003) by Wole Soyinka has a plenitude of anecdotal evidence of electoral corruption, brutality and murder, handled by Soyinka in deliberately plain, baleful or excoriating prose: “[o]nly this Monday, the papers reported yet another act of murder [. . .] an aspiring Representative who was lured away by pretending supporters and bludgeoned to death. Women have not been spared, some have been shot”; or “[t]he constitutional right to two terms of office is not a mandatory sentence on the electorate” (emphasis added).

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McLuckie, Craig. "The Deceptive Silence of Stolen Voices". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 16 October 2003
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