Wole Soyinka

Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, Wole Soyinka is renowned as an artist, a humanitarian and a uniquely eloquent voice of the modern African experience. Born in Western Nigeria and educated in Ibadan, Mr. Soyinka continued his studies at the University of Leeds, served as a play-reader at the Royal Court Theatre in London and in 1960 returned to Nigeria, where he founded a theater company. His first plays, The Swamp Dwellers and The Lion and the Jewel, were published in 1963. Since then, he has published numerous works for the theater; two novels, The Interpreters and Season of Anomy; memoirs (Aké: The Years of Childhood); literary essays (Myth, Literature and the African World); political works (The Open Sore of a Continent); and several volumes of poetry. He has taught widely, with academic associations including Emory University, the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, and the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute at Harvard.