Wole Soyinka is born

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Wole Soyinka, image by Karen Eloke Young

Friday, 13 July 1934

The Nigerian, novelist, playwright and poet, Wole Soyinka, was born at Abeokuta, near Ibadan in western Nigeria. Soyinka became the first African to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature from the Nobel Prize Committee in 1986.

Click here to read the presentation speech by Professor Lars Gyllensten, of the Swedish Academy

Click here to read our feature about Nobel Prize

• Wole Soyinka the nobel prize in literature 1986: website: nobelprize.org.
• Saturday Star, July 17, 2004, p. 6.

Last updated : 11-Jul-2013

This article was produced for South African History Online on 16-Mar-2011