Wole Soyinka

Wole Soyinka

President’s Marymount Institute Professor in Residence, Loyola Marymount University


Wole Soyinka is a Nigerian playwright, poet, essayist, and profile in courage. At 78, he still afflicts the political tyrannies in his path, as he has since he was a young man. In 1967, Nigerian authorities arrested Soyinka and placed him in solitary confinement for 22 months for attempting to broker peace during the Biafran War. The prisoner wrote on scraps of paper, which contributed to “The Man Died: Prison Notes of Wole Soyinka.” The Nobel Jury cited him as a writer “who in a wide cultural perspective and with poetic overtones fashions the drama of existence.” Soyinka splits his time between his Nigerian home in Ogun state and teaching at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.

-- The Anisfield-Wolf Awards

Hutchins Fellowship: 2013-2014

Fellow: 2004-2006

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