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Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Biography of Professor Wole Soyinka


Brief Biography of Professor Wole Soyinka

Akinwande Oluwole "Wole" Babatunde Soyinka is a Nigerian playwright and poet. He was awarded the 1986 Nobel Prize in Literature, the first African to be honored in that category. Soyinka was born into a Yoruba family in Abeokuta.

Born: July 13, 1934 (age 82), Abeokuta
Education: University of Ibadan
Occupation - Playwright
Spouse: Folake Doherty-Soyinka (married. 1989)
Plays: The Lion and the Jewel, Death and the King's Horseman etc.
Children: Olaokun Soyinka, Moremi Soyinka-Onijala, Peyibomi Soyinka-Airewele, Makin Soyinka, Iyetade Apampa

Personal life
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. His second marriage was in 1963 to Nigerian librarian Olaide Idowu, with whom he had three daughters, Moremi, Iyetade (deceased), Peyibomi, and a second son, Ilemakin. Soyinka married Folake Doherty in 1989.
In 2014, he revealed his battle with prostate cancer.

Quotes
Wole Soyinka Quotes
  • The greatest threat to freedom is the absence of criticism.
  • Books and all forms of writing are terror to those who wish to suppress the truth.
  • The hand that dips into the bottom of the pot will eat the biggest snail.
  • Power is domination, control, and therefore a very selective form of truth which is a lie.
  • The man dies in all who keep silent in the face of tyranny.
  • And I believe that the best learning process of any kind of craft is just to look at the work of others.
Works


Plays
  • "Keffi's Birthday Treat" (1954)
  • The Invention (1957)
  • The Swamp Dwellers (1958)
  • A Quality of Violence (1959)
  • The Lion and the Jewel (1959)
  • The Trials of Brother Jero
  • A Dance of the Forests (1960)
  • My Father's Burden (1960)
  • The Strong Breed (1964)
  • Before the Blackout (1964)
  • Kongi's Harvest (1964)
  • The Road (1965)
  • Madmen and Specialists (1970)
  • The Bacchae of Euripides (1973)
  • Camwood on the Leaves (1973)
  • Jero's Metamorphosis (1973)
  • Death and the King's Horseman (1975)
  • Opera Wonyosi (1977)
  • Requiem for a Futurologist (1983)
  • Sixty-Six (short piece) (1984)
  • A Play of Giants (1984)
  • From Zia with Love (1992)
  • The Detainee (radio play)
  • A Scourge of Hyacinths (radio play)
  • The Beatification of Area Boy (1996)
  • Document of Identity (radio play, 1999)
  • King Baabu (2001)
  • Etiki Revu Wetin
  • Alapata Apata (2011)
Novels
Short stories
  • A Tale of Two (1958)
  • Egbe's Sworn Enemy (1960)
  • Madame Etienne's Establishment (1960)
Memoirs
  • The Man Died: Prison Notes (1971)
  • Aké: The Years of Childhood (1981)
  • Ibadan: The Penkelemes Years: a memoir 1946-65 (1989)
  • Isara: A Voyage around Essay (1990)
  • You Must Set Forth at Dawn (2006)
Poetry collections
  • Idanre and other poems (1967)
  • A Big Airplane Crashed Into The Earth (original title Poems from Prison) (1969)
  • A Shuttle in the Crypt (1971)
  • Ogun Abibiman (1976)
  • Mandela's Earth and other poems (1988)
  • Early Poems (1997)
  • Samarkand and Other Markets I Have Known (2002)
Essays
  • Towards a True Theater (1962)
  • Culture in Transition (1963)
  • Neo-Tarzanism: The Poetics of Pseudo-Transition
  • A Voice That Would Not Be Silenced
  • Art, Dialogue, and Outrage: Essays on Literature and Culture (1988)
  • From Drama and the African World View (1976)
  • Myth, Literature, and the African World (1976)
  • The Blackman and the Veil (1990)
  • The Credo of Being and Nothingness (1991)
  • The Burden of Memory – The Muse of Forgiveness (1999)
  • A Climate of Fear (originally held as the BBC Reith Lectures 2004, audio and transcripts)
  • New Imperialism (2009)
  • Of Africa (2012)
Movies
Translations

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