I am a mythologist. I don’t need religion – Soyinka


Nobel Laureate winner Professor Wole Soyinka has said that he has never felt the need for any religion.

Soyinka who described himself as a mythologist during the public presentation of his two-volume collection of essays, further revealed that he doesn’t worship deities even though he considers deities as creatively real.

He said;

“Do I really need one (religion)? I have never felt I needed one.

“I am a mythologist. I believe that people have a right and cannot help creating mythologies around themselves, around their experiences about what they project from the inner recesses of their minds as answers to questions.

“And so I find nothing wrong with utilising mythologies as part and parcel of my creative warehouse.

“But religion? No I don’t worship any deity. But I consider deities as creatively real and therefore my companions in my journey in both the real world and the imaginative world.”