What is Wole Soyinka known for?

What is Wole Soyinka known for?

What is Wole Soyinka known for?

Wole Soyinka is a Nigerian playwright, poet, author, teacher and political activist. In 1986, he became the first African to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Where is Wole Soyinka from?

Abeokuta, Nigeria
Wole Soyinka/Place of birth

Is Wole Soyinka African?

Wole Soyinka, 2010. Soyinka was the first black African to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Soyinka has long been a proponent of Nigerian democracy.

What does Wole Soyinka write about?

Soyinka has written two novels, The Interpreters (1965), narratively, a complicated work which has been compared to Joyce’s and Faulkner’s, in which six Nigerian intellectuals discuss and interpret their African experiences, and Season of Anomy (1973) which is based on the writer’s thoughts during his imprisonment and …

What year did Wole Soyinka won the best award in literature?

The Nobel Prize in Literature 1986 was awarded to Wole Soyinka “who in a wide cultural perspective and with poetic overtones fashions the drama of existence.”

How old is Wole Soyinka now?

87 years (July 13, 1934)
Wole Soyinka/Age

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What religion is Wole Soyinka?

Wole Soyinka: I was born into a Christian household, in a parsonage in fact, so I grew up in sort of a missionary atmosphere but it was an environment which involved both the traditional religions as well as the Muslim religion, so we were exposed to all the various facets of faith, micro cultures which existed within …

Where was Wole Soyinka born and raised in Nigeria?

A descendant of a Remo family of Isara-Remo, Soyinka was born the second of six children, in the city of Abẹokuta, Ogun State, in Nigeria, at that time a British dominion. His father, Samuel Ayodele Soyinka (whom he called S.A. or “Essay”), was an Anglican minister and the headmaster of St. Peters School in Abẹokuta.

When was the Wole Soyinka annual lecture series founded?

The Wole Soyinka Annual Lecture Series was founded in 1994 and “is dedicated to honouring one of Nigeria and Africa’s most outstanding and enduring literary icons: Professor Wole Soyinka”.

What did Wole Soyinka do during the Civil War?

Wole Soyinka. In 1965, he seized the Western Nigeria Broadcasting Service studio and broadcast a demand for the cancellation of the Western Nigeria Regional Elections. In 1967 during the Nigerian Civil War, he was arrested by the federal government of General Yakubu Gowon and put in solitary confinement for two years.

How many times has Wole Soyinka been married?

Soyinka has been married three times and divorced twice. He has children from his three marriages. His first marriage was in 1958 to the late British writer, Barbara Dixon, whom he met at the University of Leeds in the 1950s. Barbara was the mother of his first son, Olaokun.