Wole Soyinka

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    Wole Soyinka
    The Nobel Prize in Literature 1986

    "Wole Soyinka was born on 13 July 1934 at Abeokuta, near Ibadan in western Nigeria. After preparatory university studies in 1954 at Government College in Ibadan, he continued at the University of Leeds, where, later, in 1973, he took his doctorate. During the six years spent in England, he was a dramaturgist at the Royal Court Theatre in London 1958-1959. In 1960, he was awarded a Rockefeller bursary and returned to Nigeria to study African drama. At the same time, he taught drama and literature at various universities in Ibadan, Lagos, and Ife, where, since 1975, he has been professor of comparative literature. In 1960, he founded the theatre group, "The 1960 Masks" and in 1964, the "Orisun Theatre Company", in which he has produced his own plays and taken part as actor. He has periodically been visiting professor at the universities of Cambridge, Sheffield, and Yale.

    During the civil war in Nigeria, Soyinka appealed in an article for cease-fire. For this he was arrested in 1967, accused of conspiring with the Biafra rebels, and was held as a political prisoner for 22 months untill 1969. Soyinka has published about 20 works: drama, novels and poetry. He writes in English and his literary language is marked by great scope and richness of words.

    As dramatist,....." http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/1986/soyinka-bio.html


     
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    Bless^ to Wole Sonyinka
     
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    He hasn't passed has he?
     
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    He is still alive
     
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    Ok....wonder why he's being mentioned in the ancestor thread...oh well.
     
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    lol hmm
     
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    Eh, Yeah, I knew he wasn't dead...He's not an "ancestor" (yet); but he's definitely an Elder.

    I think I just mis-clicked and meant to put this in the "history/culture" forum.

    But....oh well.

    Either way he deserves the honor and recognition.
     
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