The Royal African Society in London To Honour Professor Wole Soyinka at 80

Nobel Laureate Professor Wole Soyinka is to be honoured by the Royal African Society in London on Thursday in celebration of his 80th birthday.

The event which will be on the 8th of May at the British Library will see the literary icon talking about his large body of work to Editor and critic Margaret Busby.

They will also be discussing the relationship between literature and culture and how both are intertwined.

There will be a book signing after the event as the Royal African Society will be launching ‘Essays in honour of Wole Soyinka’. A compilation edited by Ivor Agyeman-Duah and Ogochukwu Promise, published by Ayebia Clarke Publishing Ltd. 

Wole Soyinka became the first African to win the Nobel Prize in 1986. In addition to his outstanding contribution to the literary world, he is also well-known for his political activism, often challenging the injustices in Nigeria and the Country’s political élite.

He recently waded into the debate about the missing Chibok girls in Nigeria saying “Nigeria was at war.”

Speaking to the BBC’s today programme, Soyinka said that Nigeria should swallow its pride and request for international assistance in order to rescue the missing girls.

Born Akinwande Oluwole Soyinka on the 13th of July 1934 in Abeokuta, Wole Soyinka is one of the most prominent figures in Nigeria’s history in the 21st century.

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