Today we celebrate renowned Nigerian playwright and poet Akinwande Oluwole “Wole” Babatunde Soyinka.
The outspoken Nobel laureate and political activist is noted for being the first African to be honored with the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1986.
Wole Soyinka’s most popular works include: The Lion and the Jewel, Death and the King’s Horseman, A Dance of the Forests and ‘The Trials of Brother Jero.’
He played an active role in Nigeria’s political history and its struggle for independence from Great Britain.
Wole Soyinka was a professor first at Cornell University and then at Emory University in Atlanta, where in 1996 he was appointed Robert W. Woodruff Professor of the Arts. He has also taught at the universities of Oxford, Harvard and Yale.
Here’s wishing Nigeria’s very own a Happy Birthday!