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The Trouble With You, Ali Mazrui! - Response to Ali's Millennial "Conclusion"

Wole Soyinka


You are of course an adept at the anticipatory deflection tactics. You are practised in the craft of crying “Foul” even before the stone that was first cast by you ricochets and turns you into a target. You know full well that the sustained intensity of your attack on the Gates’ series would sooner or later lead to a questioning of the originator, and his motivation. Was I surprised when, in your response to Biodun Jeyifo, you accused him of trying to shift the focus of discussion from Skip Gates to Ali Mazrui? I could not help smiling to myself; it was all so predictable.

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West Africa Review. ISSN: 1525-4488 (online).
Editors: Adeleke Adeeko, Nkiru Nzegwu, and Olufemi Taiwo.

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