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Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Walking With Wole Soyinka

Several times, I have met Professor Wole Soyinka without actually meeting him. It was either in a crowded reading room in Washington D.C. or at some event in Nigeria. As a photographer not as a writer, I really wanted to meet the man away from the usual crowd that surrounds him all the time. I

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

There are apparently only three people in the world that can cook pasta like Wole Soyinka

Soyinka turned 80 this year. We learn this in an interview a Nigerian newspaper did with his wife, Folake: “He cooks and he is quite good at it. He even cooked about two days ago. When the boys...

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka has opinions about social media (he hates them all)

‘… Let me take this opportunity to announce yet again that I do not tweet, blog or whatever goes on in this increasingly promiscuous medium. I do not run a Facebook, even though I am aware that...

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

African Writers and the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature

As the Nobel Committee for Literature announces their chosen awardee tomorrow (1pm Swedish time), the past several weeks has been littered by quite a few notable predictions, arguments, and dream-lists. Even sports betting company Ladbrokes weighed in....

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

Controversy surrounding the National Theatre in Lagos

The National Arts Theatre is visible from the motorway system which connects Lagos Island and the mainland: an iconic modern structure which rises, it is often noted, like the peak of a military cap from the surrounding...

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

Documentary: Fuelling Poverty in Nigeria

Kicking off with an introduction from Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka, the short documentary Fuelling Poverty amounts to a very brief Nigerian Fuel Subsidy 101 course. In thirty minutes, it covers the history of the issue and methodically...

Monday, February 27th, 2012

The most influential African thinker alive

At the end of 2011 we contemplated asking you, dear reader, who you think was the most influential African thinker alive. We abandoned the idea for a while because of our thing against lists (except our end of...

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

Wole Soyinka on Robert Mugabe

An except from a speech in June at the New York Public Library in which the great writer Wole Soyinka links the following figures: Harlem’s Father Divine; the Yoruba diety Shango; Mohamed Bouazizi (the Tunisian street vendor who set himself on fire...

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

Uncle Wole’s Party

Last month Johannesburg filmmaker Akin Omotoso, who directed a documentary about Nigerian Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka, flew to Lagos to attend the launch of Soyinka’s political party, The Democratic Front for a People’s Federation, and to relive...

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

Wole Soyinka has opinions

Wole Soyinka was arranged to be in “conversation” with Kopano Matlwa, the winner of the Wole Soyinka Prize for African Literature at the very pink Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town. Outside, guests are ushered about by...

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

Designing Wole Soyinka

Animation and design studio Dudutoonz (see he company’s work here and here) celebrates Wole Soyinka–the first African to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature–with this stunning piece. (BTW, Albert Camus was the first African born winner,...

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

Wole Soyinka Loves Bean Pies

Today “The Guardian” published a hysterical interview with Africa’s first Nobel literature winner, where he accused British Muslims of being breeding grounds for terrorists and then unfavorably compared them to the American Nation of Islam. He goes on...

Saturday, October 24th, 2009

Film / New Documentary on Wole Soyinka

“Wole Soyinka: Child of the Forest,” director Akin Omotoso’s documentary film on the writer and activist Wole Soyinka will finally show here in New York City. On Friday, November 27, at 8pm. Logistics Akin, a South African...