Wole Soyinka

Nigerian writer

Akinwande Oluwole "Wole" Babatunde Soyinka (Yoruba: Akinwándé Oluwo̩lé Babátúndé S̩óyinká; born 13 July 1934) is a Nigerian playwright and poet. He was awarded the 1986 Nobel Prize in Literature,[2] the first African to be honored in that category.[3]

Wole Soyinka
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BornAkinwande Oluwole Babatunde Soyinka[1]
(1934-07-13) 13 July 1934 (age 86)
Abeokuta, Nigeria Protectorate (now Ogun State, Nigeria)
OccupationAuthor, poet, playwright
Alma materUniversity of Leeds
GenreDrama, Novel, poetry
SubjectComparative literature
Notable awardsNobel Prize in Literature
Academy of Achievement Golden Plate Award


  1. Tyler Wasson; Gert H. Brieger (1 January 1987). Nobel Prize Winners: An H.W. Wilson Biographical Dictionary, Volume 1. The University of Michigan. p. 993. ISBN 9780824207564. Retrieved 4 December 2014.
  2. "The Nobel Prize in Literature 1986 Wole Soyinka". The Nobel Prize. Retrieved 10 December 2013.
  3. "Wole Soyinka | Biography, Plays, Books, & Facts". Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved 2021-04-04.