From the book jacket:
The first African to receive the Nobel Prize in
Literature, as well as a political activist of prodigious energies, Wole Soyinka
now follows his modern classic Ake: The Years of Childhood
equally important chronicle of his turbulent life as an adult in (and in exile
from) his beloved, beleaguered homeland.
In the tough, humane, and lyrical language that has typified his plays and
novels, Soyinka captures the indomitable spirit of Nigeria itself by bringing to
life the friends and family who bolstered and inspired him, and by describing
the pioneering theater works that defied censure and tradition. Soyinka not only
recounts his exile and the terrible reign of General Sani Abacha, but shares
vivid memories and playful anecdotesincluding his improbable friendship with a
prominent Nigerian businessman and...
Beyond the Book
Akinwande Oluwole "Wole" Soyinka
(pronounced wo-lay sho-enka),
born 1934, is a Nigerian writer, poet
and playwright, considered by many to be Africa's most distinguished playwright.
He was also the first African to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1986
(since then, two others have won: Egyptian
Naguib Mahfouz in 1988 and South-African
Nadine Gordimer in 1991). He studied at both the University College,
Ibadan (south-west Nigeria) and at the University of Leeds (UK) where he
received a degree in English Literature.
After a time working as a playwright and a play reader for the Royal Court Theatre in London, he returned
to Nigeria, where he taught in the Universities of Lagos, Ibadan, and Ife
(becoming Professor of Comparative Literature...