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Soyinka, Wole  

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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Soyinka, Wole  

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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Soyinka, Wole  

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 ...