Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has endorsed Prof. Kingsley Moghalu, presidential candidate of the Young Progressive Party (YPP), for President.
According to the Professor, the decision to endorse Moghalu was reached after months of rigorous analyses of the profiles and manifestoes of the various candidates vying for the nation’s top job.
According to Soyinka in his publicized statement, : “The final determination however is – the flag-bearer of the Young Progressive Party – KINGSLEY MOGHALU.”
“I shall conclude with a somewhat interesting aside. I met Moghalu again on Monday morning, February 4th, and informed him of the Forum’s decision. During our discussion, I happened to ask him – what is the meaning of Moghalu. I was curious, because it had taken quite some time along the way for me to know to which ethnic group the name belonged. He replied, it means – “Evil Spirit, Leave me Be!” Then I asked him for his other names and he spelt them out: “Actually my full names are Kingsley Chieedu Ayodele Moghalu”. Eyebrows raised, I asked, How come, Ayodele? A piquant revelation resulted: “Oh, that came from Mrs. Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti. She was friends with my father. Mrs. Kuti was my godmother, and she gave me the name Ayodele”.
“I was learning this for the first time. Moghalu’s CV is however in the public domain – his publications, record, and vision. The above is just a side-note that contains its own mild, thought provoking instruction, for those who care to examine the distractions of ethnic equivocations, and the rigid mind-sets and stereotypes imposed on products of circumstance.