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"One thing I can tell you is this, that I am not a methodical writer." -- Wole Soyinka
Akinwande Oluwole "Wole" Soyinka (born 13 July 1934) is a Nigerian writer, poet and playwright. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1986, the first African to be so honoured. In 1994, he was designated United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Goodwill Ambassador for the promotion of African culture, human rights, freedom of expression, media and communication.

One of the most prominent members of the eminent Ransome-Kuti family, his mother Grace Eniola, was the daughter of Rev. Canon JJ Ransome-Kuti, sister to Olusegun Azariah Ransome-Kuti and Oludotun Ransome-Kuti, making Soyinka cousins to the late Fela Kuti, the late Beko Ransome-Kuti, the late Olikoye Ransome-Kuti and Yemisi Ransome-Kuti.

Soyinka was born into a Yoruba family in Abeokuta, specifically, a Remo family from Isara-Remo on July 13, 1934. His father was Christian Clergy, Canon SA Soyinka (aka "Teacher pupa" (light skinned teacher)). He received a primary school education in Abeokuta and attended secondary school at Government College, Ibadan. He then studied at the University College, Ibadan (1952—1954) where he founded the pyrates confraternity (an anti-corruption and justice seeking student organization) and the University of Leeds (1954—1957) from which he received an First class honours degree in English Literature. He worked as a play reader at the Royal Court Theatre in London before returning to Nigeria to study African drama. He taught in the Universities of Lagos, Ibadan, and Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife). He became a Professor of Comparative Literature at the then University of Ife in 1975). He is currently an Emeritus Professor at the same university.

Soyinka has played an active role in Nigeria's political history. In 1965, he made a broadcast demanding the cancellation of the rigged Western Nigeria Regional Elections following his seizure of the Western Nigeria Broadcasting Service studio. He was arrested, arraigned but freed on a technicality by Justice Esho. In 1967, during the Nigerian Civil War he was arrested by the Federal Government of General Yakubu Gowon and put in solitary confinement for his attempts at brokering a peace between the warring Nigerian and Biafran parties. While in prison he wrote poetry on tissue paper which was published in a collection titled Poems from Prison. He was released 22 months later after international attention was drawn to his unwarranted imprisonment. His experiences in prison are recounted in his book Prison Notes of Wole Soyinka (1972).

He has been an implacable, consistent and outspoken critic of many Nigerian military dictators, and of political tyrannies worldwide, including the Mugabe regime in Zimbabwe. A great deal of his writing has been concerned with "the oppressive boot and the irrelevance of the colour of the foot that wears it". This activism has often exposed him to great personal risk, most notable during the government of General Sani Abacha (1993—1998), which pronounced a death sentence on him "in absentia". During Abacha's regime, Soyinka escaped from Nigeria via the "Nadeco Route" on motorcycle. While abroad, he visited parliaments and conferred with world leaders to impose a regime of sanctions against the brutal Abacha regime. These actions and his setting up of the Radio Kudirat helped immensely in securing Nigeria's return to civilian democratic governance. Living abroad, mainly in the United States, he was a professor at Emory University in Atlanta. When civilian rule returned in 1999, Soyinka returned to a hero's welcome back in Lagos, Nigeria. He accepted an Emeritus Professorship at Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) on the condition that the university bar all former military officers from the position of chancellor. Soyinka is currently the Elias Ghanem Professor of Creative Writing at the English department of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and the President's Marymount Institute Professor in Residence at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California, US.

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Total Books: 144
Of Africa
2013 - Of Africa (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780300198331
ISBN-10: 0300198337
Genres: History, Politics & Social Sciences

Africa's Best Stories An anthology of Africa's best short stories
2010 - Africa's Best Stories an Anthology of Africa's Best Short Stories [Volume 1] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781451567021
ISBN-10: 1451567022
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Ake The Years of Childhood
2008 - Ake the Years of Childhood [Vintage International] (Other)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781439514306
ISBN-10: 1439514305

You Must Set Forth at Dawn A Memoir
2007 - You Must Set Forth at Dawn a Memoir (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780413776280
ISBN-10: 041377628X
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs

Ibadan The Penkelemes Years - a Memoir 1945-65
2007 - Ibadan the Penkelemes Years - a Memoir 1945-65 (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780413744203
ISBN-10: 0413744205
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Sul far del giorno
2007 - Sul Far Del Giorno (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9788876849343
ISBN-10: 8876849343
Genre: Literature & Fiction

You Must Set Forth at Dawn  A Memoir
2006 - You Must Set Forth at Dawn a Memoir (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780375503658
ISBN-10: 037550365X
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction

Klima der Angst
2005 - Klima Der Angst (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9783250300175
ISBN-10: 3250300179

Climate of Fear  The Quest for Dignity in a Dehumanized World
2005 - Climate of Fear the Quest for Dignity in a Dehumanized World [Reith Lectures] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780812974249
ISBN-10: 0812974247
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Nonfiction
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Climate of Fear 2004 The BBC Reith Lectures
2004 - Climate of Fear 2004 the Bbc Reith Lectures (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781861977830
ISBN-10: 1861977832
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction

The Bacchae of Euripides A Communion Rite
2004 - The Bacchae of Euripides a Communion Rite (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780393325836
ISBN-10: 0393325830
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Imagining Prometheus
2004 - Imagining Prometheus (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788881584390
ISBN-10: 8881584395
Genres: Arts & Photography, Literature & Fiction

The Jero Plays
2003 - The Jero Plays [Modern Plays] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780413292407
ISBN-10: 0413292401
Genres: Business & Money, Literature & Fiction

Death and the King's Horseman
2003 - Death and the King's Horseman [Modern Plays] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780413333605
ISBN-10: 0413333604
Genres: Arts & Photography, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Literature & Fiction

Death And The Kings Horseman  Methuen Student Edition
Contemporary African Plays
2003 - Contemporary African Plays [Methuen Drama] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780413723307
ISBN-10: 0413723305
Genres: Arts & Photography, Literature & Fiction

Madmen And Specialists
2003 - Madmen and Specialists (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780416187601
ISBN-10: 0416187609
Genres: Arts & Photography, Literature & Fiction

Samarkand and Other Markets I Have Known
2003 - Samarkand and Other Markets I Have Known (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780413772558
ISBN-10: 0413772551
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Ake Eine afrikanische Kindheit
2003 - Ake Eine Afrikanische Kindheit (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9783250300120
ISBN-10: 3250300128

King Baabu
2002 - King Baabu [Modern Plays] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780413771759
ISBN-10: 041377175X
Genres: Business & Money, Literature & Fiction

Die Ausleger Roman
2002 - Die Ausleger Roman (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9783250300069
ISBN-10: 3250300063

2001 - Conversations with Wole Soyinka [Literary Conversations Series] (Hardcover)Paperback
2001 - Isara (Paperback)
2001 - The Blackman and the Veil a Century On [W.E.B. Du Bois-Padmore-Nkrumah Pan-African Lectures Series] (Paperback)
1999 - The Burden of Memory the Muse of Forgiveness [W.E.B.Du Bois Institute S.] (Paperback)Hardcover
1999 - Wole Soyinka Plays [Methuen Contemporary Dramatists] (Paperback)
1995 - Beautification of Area Boy [Modern Plays] (Paperback)Paperback
1991 - Ake (Paperback)Paperback
1989 - Ake the Years of Childhood [Vintage International] (Paperback)Hardcover
1987 - Madmen and Specialists [Spotlight Dramabook] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
1987 - Madmen and Specialists a Play [Spotlight Dramabook] (Hardcover)Paperback
1984 - Six Plays [The Master Playwrights] (Paperback)
1973 - Collected Plays [Includes a Dance of the Forests/the Swamp Dwellers/the Strong Breed/the Road/the Bacchae of Euripides] (Paperback)
1973 - Interpreters The [Fontana modern novels] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
1969 - Three Short Plays [Three Crowns Books] (Paperback)Paperback
1966 - A Dance of the Forests [Three Crowns] (Paperback)Paperback
1966 - Lion and the Jewel [Three Crowns Book] (Paperback)Paperback
1965 - The Road [Three Crowns] (Paperback)Paperback
Bacchae [Theatre Classics] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
A Play of Giants [Modern Plays] (Paperback)
La Ronde Dans La Foret [Collection "Theatre present" - French Edition] (Paperback)
La Recolte De Kongi [French Edition] (Paperback)