Wole Soyinka: 9 Facts About The Birthday Boy
Akinwande Oluwole “Wole” Babatunde Soyinka was born on July 13, 1934, in Abeokuta, near Ibadan in western Nigeria. He is a remarkable man. He has lived a full and eventful life, and he is still living it.
Today, being his birthday, here are some facts about Wole Soyinka that you probably didn’t now:
- He is the cousin of the late revolutionary African musician Fela Kuti.
- Wole Soyinka has been arrested a couple of times. His experiences in prison are recounted in his 1972 book “The Man Died: Prison Notes of Wole Soyinka”.
- He was named Commander of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 1986 by General Ibrahim Babangida.
- Wole was the first African to win the Nobel Prize for Literature.
- Wole was among the founders of the first Confraternity (Pyrate Confraternity) in Nigeria.The group is still in existence.
- He is referred to as “the conscience of the nation”. He is ever ready to fight against injustice in the country.
- He married three times, divorced twice.
- In 2014, Soyinka revealed he was diagnosed with prostate cancer and cured 10 months after treatment.
- Wole Soyinka’s most popular book is Death and the King’s Horseman: A Play.
Happy Birthday to you, Professor Wole Soyinka. You are one of the most significant African literary Icons!