Wole Soyinka

Wole Soyinka
Wole Soyinka  Nigerian Playwright

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Wole Soyinka is a 87 year old Nigerian Playwright born on 13th July, 1934 in Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria. His zodiac sign is Cancer

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First Name Wole
Last Name Soyinka
Age 87 years
Birthday 13th July, 1934
Birthplace Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria
Build Average
Eye Color Black
Hair Color Salt and Pepper
Zodiac Sign Cancer
Ethnicity Black
Nationality Nigerian
Occupation Text Author, poet, playwright
Occupation Playwright
Music Genre (Text) Drama, Novel, Poetry

Akinwande Oluwole Babatunde Soyinka (Yoruba: Akínwándé Olúwo̩lé Babátúndé S̩óyíinká; born 13 July 1934), known as Wole Soyinka is a Nigerian playwright, poet and essayist in the English language. He was awarded the 1986 Nobel Prize in Literature, the first sub-Saharan African to be honoured in that category. Soyinka was born into a Yoruba family in Abeokuta. In 1954, he attended Government College in Ibadan, and subsequently University College Ibadan and the University of Leeds in England. After studying in Nigeria and the UK, he worked with the Royal Court Theatre in London. He went on to write plays that were produced in both countries, in theatres and on radio. He took an active role in Nigeria's political history and its struggle for independence from Great Britain. 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.

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