The Nigerian playwright and poet, Professor Wole Soyinka has added plus one to his 8 decades.
The white haired literary icon was born into a Yoruba family in Abeokuta, Ogun state in the year 1934 which makes him, 81 today.
Wole Soyinka is currently without rivalry in popularity and literary contribution in Nigeria as his the only one who would have compared is late that is Chinua Achebe.
As vocal human rights activist, Wole Soyinka has been in the forefront of opposition of several military regimes in Nigeria. During the regime of General Sani Abacha (1993–98), Soyinka had to escape from Nigeria via the “NADECO Route” to the United States, where he was a professor first at Cornell University and then at Emory University in Atlanta, and in 1996 he was appointed Robert W. Woodruff Professor of the Arts.
In 1986, he became the first African to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. He is famous for works such as: The Lion and the Jewel, Abiku, The Trials of Brother Jero, The Man Died: Prison Notes, and Aké: The Years of Childhood.
Happy Birthday Professor!