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Akinwande Oluwole "Wole" Babatunde Soyinka is a Nigerian playwright and poet.
He was born in 1934 in a Yoruba family in Abeokuta. He studied at Nigerian and UK. After that he had been working with the Royal Court Theatre. He always created the plays that were produced in both countries.
He took an active role in Nigeria's political history and its struggle for independence from Great Britain. In 1967 during the Nigerian Civil War, he was arrested by the federal government of General Yakubu Gowon and was thrown into jail for two years.
In 1969 the civil war came to an end and the amnesty was proclaimed. Soyinka was freed along with other political prisoners. For the first few months after his release, Soyinka was living at the farm of his friend, situated in the southern region of France.
Being in London, he soon published book of poetry, Poems from Prison. At the end of the year, he returned to his office as Headmaster of Cathedral of Drama in Ibadan, and cooperated in the founding of the literary periodical Black Orpheus.
From 1975 to 1999, he was working as a Professor of Comparative Literature at the Obafemi Awolowo University.
In 1986, Soyinka was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. He became the first African laureate.
Someone described him as someone "who in a wide cultural perspective and with poetic overtones fashions the drama of existence".
He has been married for three times and divorced twice. He has children from his three marriages.
In 1994 The Wole Soyinka Lecture Annual Lecture Series was founded. It is dedicated to the honoring one of Nigeria and Africa’s most outstanding and enduring literary icons: Professor Wole Soyinka.
During his lifetime he had created a number of plays, essays, short stories, novels and poetry books. No doubt, Wole Soyinka is genius and a living legend.
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