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Cable Newspapers Apologizes to Wole Soyinka Over False Report about Insulting Igbos



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Cable Newspapers has apologized for the erroneous report it published, alleging that Wole Soyinka made derogatory remarks about Igbo people.

 Here is the official statement of apology they released:

The management of Cable Newspaper Ltd, publishers of TheCable, would like to make the following statement concerning our report on the lecture by Professor Wole Soyinka at the Harvard University Hutchins Centre for African & African American Research.

Soyinka was quoted to have made derogatory remarks about the Igbo over their voting pattern in the March 28 presidential election. He has since denied the offensive quotes attributed to him.

After an in-house investigation, we have come to the conclusion that the story misrepresented the views expressed by Soyinka in the question-and-answer session after his lecture.

We take full responsibility for the inaccuracy and promise that we will continue to strive to improve our standards.

Also, we wish to reiterate that we take our professional responsibilities very seriously, as our readers can attest to.

We hereby offer an unreserved apology to Soyinka, Ndigbo and our readers.

Signed: Management of Cable Newspaper Ltd


  1. June

    May 7, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    Not even surprised. The media has been long since purporting information which leads to tense situations.

  2. Nahum

    May 7, 2015 at 1:53 pm

    I refused to comment on this but I have to say that I now believe that there are some troublesome elements in society that are having a ball with this East/West feud. However, I think is is despicable to attempt to tarnish and destroy someone’s reputation and I think Soyinka should sue The Cable news for libel. As for you bloggers, I really think its about time you guys avoid fueling this feud. If some MORON makes an asinine comment about another ethnic group, you can actually choose not to give the moron any attention. It would really help, you know. BN, leave the ethnic bashing for the other blogs, try and distance yourself from this

    • Anon

      May 7, 2015 at 2:21 pm

      Lovely comment.

    • Ade

      May 8, 2015 at 8:12 am

      Where are all the smelly big mouth Igbo people that were reigning insult on prof Soyinka, and Yorubas. This is the same man who chose to be imprisoned for Igbos in spite of their wrong. Igbos are too quick to forget how good Yorubas have been and are still good to them. Bunch of obnoxious ungrateful people. What other people have accommodated, welcomed them the way Yorubas have. Even among Igbos, they fight like cats and dogs. They can’t even freely live on each other land. Bcos if we want to cause trouble, that’s easy to do, and there will be nothing Igbos can do about it except complain. And this same people can’t even do half of what Yorubas have done for them.

    • blessing

      May 8, 2015 at 5:43 pm

      u are very stupid by by that comment against igbos. igbos are not troublesome if they are the will start from u but ur name is nt existing.

    • Obinna

      May 8, 2015 at 8:34 pm

      Just listen to your self on the media. You have the stuguts to come online and call another ethnic group smelly and ungrateful. Your education must have been a little bit too shallow. No one goes through proper education and talks like this online. What a shame

    • dapmuo

      May 23, 2015 at 5:59 pm

      Stupidity is really an inalienable right and people are entitled it.

  3. Tola

    May 7, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    I knew he never said it. To all of you that rushed to insult him you better ask for forgiveness. All you online blogs and newspapers must learn to be more responsible with the way you promote unverified reports!

  4. Keziah

    May 7, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    Glad I didn’t jump to conclusion on this matter.

  5. Manny

    May 7, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    Oya, everyone sheath your swords and get back to work. Thank God It’s Almost Friday!

  6. chukwuka .a.t agubamah

    May 7, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    both cable nd bn shud hv checked out frm d prof before dishing out their rub shit.

  7. Reader

    May 7, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    There is something called ‘reportedly’, so, when a blog or online website uses the term, it means it’s under investigation but not confirmed.

    Bella has every reason to write on such story and watch it develop, giving feedbacks to readers, as there could be follow-ups that would be important to readers.

  8. wagamama

    May 7, 2015 at 2:16 pm


  9. Bruness

    May 7, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    I agree with Nahum, I never read the news piece, I didn’t even bother to read the one where the Prof denies ever thrashing ibos. BN take note! You mustn’t post every tribe thrashing news here. BN is my happy go lucky blog please don’t spoil it for me.

  10. prince

    May 7, 2015 at 2:52 pm

    OYA, where are those ranting yesterday like mad dogs. You too should start apologizing for insulting your grandfathers mate. silly people

    • Warizdiz

      May 7, 2015 at 9:09 pm

      And you think dis your comment makes U a human?

  11. Naked

    May 7, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    I am sure some of the commenters on this topical issue will be burying their heads in shame by now. That being said, bellanaija knows how sensitive this issue and so should be careful with this kind of posting except of course if what they are only interested in is the traffic and comments it generates on their blog.

  12. bruno

    May 7, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    I can guess the tribe of the person who made up that ridiculous story. what a coward.

  13. Stranger

    May 7, 2015 at 3:05 pm

    If Bella and other Blogs had not “promoted” it. the news wouldn’t have gone viral.

    May Soyinka wouldn’t have heard of it, and maybe we won’t know he didn’t say it.

    BN , please continue with the news jare. You can’t be selective of issues of importance as this. Let the public know what is happening.

  14. Carliforniabawlar

    May 7, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    Yes the news was false, but you know what wasn’t false? All the genuine ofe nmiri responses that it inspired… How else would yall have been able to air your tribaslistic views without any guilt? After all you can justify doing any evil by saying ‘he did it first’ na. Ask Hitler, a Jewish prostitute (allegedly) gave him syphillis…he sure got his own pound (or a little more than that) of flesh. Lol…yeye dey smell!

    • Meah

      May 7, 2015 at 4:12 pm

      @carliforniabawlar: I know right?!! The supposed speech by the prof gave a lot of people an excuse to rant and vent their true feelings. Notice that this retraction has been up for over an hour and the comments are not even up to half of what we saw on the original post?? worse still, many of those who bashed him dont seem to have enough balls to do what is right and tender an apology. I shake my head for this supposedly sophisticated generation. Keep up with the victim mentality folks, you sure need it.

    • Amanda

      May 7, 2015 at 11:17 pm

      They are all pretending to have selective reading disorder now. The likes of Beeeee and Busarni are no where to be found. The same boldness in which they falsely accused him completely vanished when it came to tendering an apology. The rule is innocent until proven guilty not the other way round. Nigeria is a country that thrives on group think mentality. People don’t bother going to check for evidence they just foolishly join the crowd. There are times when saying sorry is not enough because the reputation of the individual has been tarnished already. There are people whose lives have gotten ruined from false accusations. Also, there are times when the apology is too late (Case in point: Aluu 4). See how the crowd joined to beat those guys to death only to find out they didn’t steal. Will any kind of apology bring those innocent guys back: NO. Instead of taking the time to investigate the audio on the Harvard Research site they all jumped on the bandwagon. Keep burying your heads in shame.

    • Peaches77

      May 8, 2015 at 9:10 am

      You are right, and for those who responded with derogatory words should also apologise. They need to understand that there is a difference between that and simple criticism without tribal extensions. But then again, you overlooked the other set of people who supported the false report hoping that Prof WS has validated their warped and tribaliatic ‘true’ feelings. They too should be humble enough to retract.

  15. mamaisabel

    May 7, 2015 at 4:45 pm

    Ndigbo seem to be a threat to a lot of people. If not I don’t see why people just wake up without any prompting, be it political, security or any other major issue and decide to tackle on a particular. This is one of the reasons Nigeria is not pulling weight as it should globally. A house divided against itself can never stand! Let us learn from the ants and consider their ways! So says the Bible.

  16. mamaisabel

    May 7, 2015 at 4:46 pm

    A particular tribe I meant to say.

  17. NoWonder

    May 7, 2015 at 5:08 pm

    Where is the transcript of the lecture? We all need to read it to understand how the journalists started this twist. I have searched for it but could not find it @ but could not find it. How come only them saw it. If they have it, please let them put the link here and let us read it. You see the way oyinbo treats blacks here and how Nyja treat each other because of tribal connections; and just know that if the tables were to turn, blacks would be worse than oyinbos. They treat people of the same race as themselves with a lot of hate just because they speak different languages, people are so sick and shallow.

  18. Dara

    May 7, 2015 at 6:31 pm

    There was a particular Beeee or something like that who wrote epistles on the matter and promised to apologize if she was wrong when someone pointed out that this same man went to prison for his choice to stand with Igbos during the Biafra war.

    Madam Beeee, where is your apology?

  19. Jemma

    May 7, 2015 at 8:58 pm

    My thoughts exactly @Meah, majority of the people who derided him can’t own up to apologize. Most of them (and I am been modest here) never bothered to verify. It’s really a pity. This my generation has deep seated anger issues

  20. tee

    May 7, 2015 at 8:59 pm


  21. NG

    May 8, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    Hello people. This is typically how life plays out- good and bad, negative and positive. I wonder how many of you take a whole day to verify a story before commenting on it. Stop setting standards for others that you dont live by it’s called hypocrisy.

    That said, the recent political events have tenderised emotions and for a while, we will all be emotinally raw on issues so please cut some slacks to people.

    The story has progressed well. BN and other media outlets are there to sell sensational items, that is what keeps us coming back to them. When however a story misfires like this one, the normal progression is what we are seeing- apology and retraction. Prof may or may not accept the apology and then things will progress some more- litigation maybe and award of damages possibly. Then possible payment and closure of CN if it bankrupts them. If it does not, or if Prof magnanimously foregoes the payment, yipee! for the CN which wll self-cleanse… heads rolling and…. lessons learnt.

    Result? Progress of society and social intercourse. So, within this negative, the positive exists, it’s all about life.
    Sorry for the inconvenience dear Prof. Thank God your stature is as could easily weather all these. E pele sir o- on behalf of all who mis-judged you.

  22. blessing

    May 8, 2015 at 5:48 pm

    as a matter of fact they have been doing this to igbos, without event there will be no histroy . igbos will surly succed in jesus name……

  23. Spanish Guitar

    May 9, 2015 at 1:35 am

    Ermmmm…is it just me or did anyone else notice the phrase in the apology, “After an in-house investigation, we have come to the conclusion that the story misrepresented the views expressed by Soyinka in the QUESTION AND ANSWER SESSION after his lecture.”
    Me thinks there is more to this than meets the eye.

    P.s- Caps all mine.

  24. dapmuo

    May 23, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    Stupidity is really an inalienable right.

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