Folake Wole-Soyinka

Nigeria, 1962

Folake Wole-Soyinka obtained a Bachelor’s degree at Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria. After her graduation, she took part in the Nigerian National Youth Service Corps Programme, aimed at nation-building. Her professional career began at the prestigious Guardian Newspapers of Nigeria, from where she also co-founded and edited the journal Classique, a platform predominantly beamed at female gender issues. Later, she obtained a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management at Claremont College in California, with an internship in the US circuit court system where she obtained first-hand experience in the sociology and counselling of victims of spousal abuse. Upon her return to Nigeria after enforced political exile with her husband, she joined the Nigerian Shippers’ Council, working to establish an effective environment for stakeholders in the Nigerian Ports, protecting export, import and goods movement. Folake Wole-Soyinka is married to the Nobel Laureate in Literature Wole Soyinka and is Executive Director of the Wole Soyinka Foundation, charged with cultural projects and intercultural diplomacy.