Wole Soyinka

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Nobel Laureate for Literature in 1986, Wole Soyinka, is among contemporary Africa's greatest writers. A Nigerian playwright, poet, novelist, and essayist, he has published more than thirty works, and remains active on various international cultural and Human Rights organizations.

Born and educated in Nigeria, Wole Soyinka continued his studies at the University of Leeds, England, then joined the Royal Court Theatre, London, as a play-reader. In 1960, he returned to Nigeria, where he founded two theatre companies – “The 1960 Masks”, and the “Orisun Theatre”.  Soyinka writes in various genres – from the light comedy of cultures to the dense poetic tragedy. He has also written novels and autobiographical works.  Wole Soyinka has held several university positions and still lectures extensively.

He is currently Professor Emeritus in Comparative Literature at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria, and Emeritus Fellow of the Black Mountain Institute, University of Nevada, and the President’s Professor at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, USA.



Wole Soyinka at launch of the International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures (UNESCO, 18 February 2010).