Revered author, dramatist and Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka turns 86 today and The Gasm Blog details a brief chronicle of the distinguished author fondly called ‘Kongi’, after his play, Kongi’s Harvest.
1. He attended the University College, Ibadan before moving to the University of Leeds, where he completed his first degree. He later got his doctorate degree from the same university.
2. He worked with the Royal Court Theatre in London as a playwright, from 1958-1959.
3. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1986. He is the first Black African to win the prize.
4. He once served as president of the International Parliament of Writers, an organisation established in 1993 to provide support for persecuted writers.
5. He has at different times been a visiting professor at the universities of Cambridge, Sheffield, and Yale.
6. He was a professor of Comparative Literature and taught drama and literature at various universities in Ibadan, Lagos, and Ife.
7. He has constantly used his work to promote good governance and speak truth to power.
8. He was detained by the government for 22 months from 1967 to 1969 for calling for a ceasefire during the civil war.
9. In 2014, he revealed his battle with prostate cancer, while calling on government to intervene in the area of diagnosis and treatment.
10. Happy Birthday Kongi.
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