Professor Wole, a Nobel laureate, has stated that he does not need religion because he does not worship any deity.
He considers himself a mythologist and believes that people have the right to create myths based on their own experiences.
Soyinka said this at the public presentation of his two-volume collection of essays on Sunday, as published by PM News.
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.”