Wole Soyinka
© Jan Reinier van der Vliet
Nigeria, 1934
Nobel Prize-winning author

Wole Soyinka

Wole Soyinka is a Nobel Prize-winning playwright, poet and essayist. He played an active role in Nigeria’s struggle for independence from the United Kingdom and in opposing oppressive governments in Nigeria and elsewhere. As a result of his struggle for freedom, he was put in solitary confinement for two years and later had to escape from Nigeria by motorcycle. He was Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Ife, and has also taught at Cornell University, Emory University, Harvard, Oxford and Yale. In plays such as Death and the King’s Horseman (1975) and The Beatification of Area Boy (1995), Soyinka skillfully fuses Western influences with subject matter and dramatic techniques rooted in Yoruba folklore and religion. In 1986 Soyinka was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature; he was the first author from sub-Saharan Africa to win the award. His latest novel is Chronicles from the Land of the Happiest People on Earth (2021).

Published in

Cultura Animi

The World as It Is

in the Eyes of Atwood, Soyinka and Ai
Journal Nexus

Nexus 81

De strijd tussen goed en kwaad

Speaker at

Revolution of Hope


Nexus Conference 2021

The Revolution of Hope

Saturday 20 November 2021 NO&B / online


Nexus Conference 2020

A New Age of Anxiety

Saturday 14 November NO&B


Nexus Conference 2018

The Battle Between Good and Evil

15 December 2018 9.30 – 16.00 National Opera & Ballet, Amsterdam