Professor Wole Soyinka is one of Nigeria’s great. He is an icon, a pride for Nigerians. The Nobel Laurel Prize Winner would continue to be an icon and light for all Nigerians.
Akinwande Oluwole Babatunde Soyinka also known as Wole Soyinka was born on 13 July 1934. He is a Nigerian playwright, poet, and essayist. He was the first African to be awarded the 1986 Nobel Prize in Literature, He was really an Icon.
Born into the Yoruba family in Abeokuta, the Nobel Prize Winner attended Government College in Ibadan in 1954 and also went to 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 where he writes plays that were produced in both countries, in theatres, and on the radio. Soyinka was active in politics taking a passive role to get independence from England. He was one of the main protagonists that take steps 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.
Professor Wole Soyinka has been married three times. The Scholar is still in his third marriage. He is the father of many kids and grandchildren.
One of his daughters, Peyibomi Soyinka-Airewele is also a professor like his father who teaches at ITHACA College in New York, USA.
See Her photos below:
She is beautiful.
Like Father, Like Daughter!
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