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Lysius Felicité Salomon Jeune, Ida Salomon's father, had been finance minister and one of the most important advisors of the president and self-proclaimed emperor of Haiti, Faustin Elie Soulouque. When Soulouque was overthrown by General Fabre-Nicolas Geffrard, in 1857, Lysius Salomon fled to France, attracted by the similarity of language, manners, and culture. Salomon, who was a widower, married Florentine Potiez, a much younger French woman from a wealthy family.

Called to the presidency in 1879, Salomon returned to Haiti with his new wife. Ida was born to the presidential couple in 1882. Ida Salomon inherited her mother s beauty and her father s fortune When she was only six years old her father was overthrown and she was sent to France to be raised by her mother s family Ida Salomon occasionally visited Haiti where the properties left to her ...

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Biodun Jeyifo

There is a great diversity of critical opinions on the writings and activities of Wole Soyinka, but on one thing there is an indisputable consensus: his stupendous productivity, which includes about forty titles since he began writing in the late 1950s, and a career in the theater, popular culture, and political activism matching his literary corpus in scope, originality, and propensity for generating controversy. Long before he became the first African to win the Nobel Prize for literature in 1986, he had clearly emerged as one of the most prominent writers in the world, his international fame resting as much on his writings as on his widely admired, fearless advocacy of human rights and social justice, both in his native Nigeria and in the wider context of the African continent.

Soyinka was born on 13 July 1934 in Abeokuta Nigeria His father Samuel Ayodele was a ...

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Ketu Katrak

When awarding the prize the Nobel committee described Wole Soyinka the creator of over twenty major works at that time as one of the finest poetical playwrights that have written in English and also remarked that his writing was full of life and urgency Soyinka pronounced Sho yin ka is the recipient of numerous other prestigious awards including several honorary doctorates from universities throughout the world Apart from his stature as a pioneer in African drama written in English Soyinka has produced a vast body of work as poet dramatist theater director novelist essayist autobiographer political commentator critic and theorist of art and culture Above all he has remained a responsible citizen committed to the values of human freedom truth and justice Social commitment he remarks is a citizen s commitment and embraces equally the carpenter the mason the banker the farmer the customs officer etc not forgetting the critic ...

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Biodun Jeyifo

Nigerian writer and the first African to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, was born Oluwole Akinwande Soyinka on 13 July 1934 in Abeokuta Nigeria One of the most prominent writers and public intellectuals in the world his international fame rests as much on his writings as on his widely admired fearless advocacy of human rights and social justice both in his native Nigeria and in other countries in Africa Primarily a playwright and dramatist Soyinka has written in virtually all of the literary genres and he has written rather prodigiously his corpus comprising more than forty five works of drama fiction poetry translation and nonfictional criticism memoirs and philosophical reflection Now in the eighth decade of his life he has spent six of those decades in a sustained unbroken work of social activism that stands as a necessary complement to the primacy of his life and career as ...

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John Gilmore

Poet born in Jamaica, the son of John and Dorothy Williams, who were free black people. John Williams was a former slave who had been freed by the will of his master, Colonel John Bourden (a prominent local figure who died in 1697), and who subsequently became a successful merchant, whose activities included moneylending on an extensive scale, and trade between Jamaica and Britain.

As a young man, Francis Williams lived in Britain, possibly for several years, and may have been entrusted with the British end of his father's business concerns. On 8 August 1721 he was admitted as a member of Lincoln s Inn while there is no evidence to suggest that he was ever called to the Bar or practised as a lawyer the Inns of Court often functioned in this period as a sort of finishing school for young men of gentlemanly status who ...