Happy 86th birthday, Prof Wole Soyinka!
Born on this day in 1934, the critically acclaimed Nigerian writer and political activist, was the first African to win the Nobel Prize for literature.
With over 50 pieces of work, his writings include novels, poems, memoirs and essays that capture his cultural traditions and use of rich language. The political activist has been very critical about happenings within Nigerian politics and Africa in general.
Few of his significant body of works, including The Lion and The Jewel, The Trials of Brother Jero and The Strong Breed were produced in both Africa and internationally.
His writings and drama truly reflect the goings-on in the cultural and political life of Africans. His philosophical plays include The Road (1965) and Death and the King’s Horseman (performed 1976, published 1975).
The Nigerian playwright and poet continues to engage in political activism, highlighting the different situation people of Nigeria and other black people are going through in the world. He recently came to the limelight for tearing up his green card days after American President Donald Trump was elected.
To celebrate his birthday, the writer shared photos of himself through the years, from childhood right until the present day.
Check out the photos:
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