THE rampaging COVID-19 pandemic, which has caused art events including the 2020 iREPRESENT International Documentary Film Festival (IREP) and Point of View 6 of the Ben Enwonwu Foundation to be postponed indefinitely, has also affected two events associated with, and directly involving physical participation by Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka.
The World Poetry Day event themed ‘Voices in the cause of Earth’, organised by PROVIDUSBank and presentation of Soyinka’s ‘Beyond Aesthetics’ by his publishers, Book Craft, have both been postponed indefinitely.
A statement announcing the postponement from the Bank read: “Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the Lagos State Government directive banning all gatherings above 50 persons, we are compelled to postpone our earlier advertised World Poetry Day event with the theme: ‘Voices in the cause of Earth’.
“We apologise for all inconveniences. We urge everyone to follow all safety and health protocols laid out to stem the spread of the virus.”
Also announcing the postponement of ‘Beyond Aesthetics’, the Chief Executive of Bookcraft Publishers, Bankole Olayebi, wrote: “You have by now, of course, received our invitation to the exclusive presentation of Professor Wole Soyinka’s latest book, ‘Beyond Aesthetics’ which was scheduled for Thursday, 26th of March.
“In view of the recent statement by the Lagos State Government advising against large gatherings, Bookcraft Publishers jointly with Professor Wole Soyinka has taken the painful decision to postpone the event indefinitely.
“We apologise for any inconvenience caused. A new date will be communicated in due course. Please keep safe and observe all safety and medical protocols to stem the spread of this virus.”
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