Wole Soyinka
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Wole Soyinka

Nigerian writer

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Akinwande Oluwole Babatunde Soyinka , known as Wole Soyinka , is a Nigerian playwright, poet and essayist. He was awarded the 1986 Nobel Prize in Literature, the first sub-Saharan African to be honoured in that category. Soyinka was born into a Yoruba family in Abeokuta. In 1954, he attended Government College in Ibadan, and subsequently University College Ibadan and the University of Leeds in England. After studying in Nigeria and the UK, he worked with the Royal Court Theatre in London. He went on to write plays that were produced in both countries, in theatres and on radio. He took an active role in Nigeria’s political history and its struggle for independence from Great Britain. In 1965, he seized the Western Nigeria Broadcasting Service studio and broadcast a demand for the cancellation of the Western Nigeria Regional Elections. In 1967, during the Nigerian Civil War, he was arrested by the federal government of General Yakubu Gowon and put in solitary confinement for two years.

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University of London
University of London

Federal research university in London, England

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Harvard University
Harvard University

Private research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

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Emory University
Emory University

Private research university in Atlanta, Georgia, United States

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University of Oxford
University of Oxford

Collegiate research university in Oxford, England

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Cornell University
Cornell University

Private university in Ithaca

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Loyola Marymount University
Loyola Marymount University

Jesuit university in Los Angeles

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University of Lagos

Nigerian public university

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Yale University
Yale University

Private research university in New Haven, Connecticut, United States

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New York University
New York University

Private research university in New York City

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University of Leeds
University of Leeds

University in Leeds, United Kingdom

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University of Nevada, Las Vegas
University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Public research university in Paradise, Nevada, United States

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University of Ibadan
University of Ibadan

Nigerian university

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#195 World Rank
Literature
#1231 World Rank
Philosophy