Nigerian professor and playwright Wole Soyinka became the first African to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1986. Beyond his successful literary career, Soyinka is well known for his political activism.

Soyinka has strongly criticised many Nigerian military dictators, especially late General Sanni Abacha, as well as other political tyrannies, including the Mugabe regime in Zimbabwe. Much of his writing has been concerned with “the oppressive boot and the irrelevance of the colour of the foot that wears it”.

Marking his 80th birthday, Soyinka joins editor and critic Margaret Busby to reflect on his large body of work and the relationship between culture and politics, discovering how literature and the arts speak to the contemporary African experience.

This event also marks the launch of Essays in Honour of Wole Soyinka at 80 edited by Ivor Agyeman-Duah and Ogochukwu Promise. There will be a book signing following the launch

Date & Time: Thursday 8 May 2014, 6:30-8:30PM
Venue: British Library,  96 Euston Rd, London NW1 2DB
Tickets: Price: £10, (£8 Over 60s) and £6

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