Today we celebrate the birth of a living African literary giant, #WoleSoyinka who turns 82.
Born in 1934, #Soyinka is a renowned Nigerian writer, poet, and political activist. He is the first African to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, which he received in 1986 and remains the only Nigerian to receive the prestigious award. He won several national and international awards for his work.
Soyinka has written extensively on culture and politics. His published works include 29 plays, a number of novels, short-stories, essays, and poetry collections. Soyinka’s best works include, The Lion And The Jewel, Death And The King’s Horsemen, A Dance of the Forests and Aké: The Years of Childhood.
The renowned writer has continued to be an important and critical voice in contemporary Africa, speaking on corruption, the political, social, economic and cultural condition of African countries.
Happy birthday, Professor Wole Soyinka. We wish you many more years.