Wole Soyinka

1934 - Today

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Akinwande Oluwole Babatunde Soyinka (Yoruba: Akínwándé Olúwo̩lé Babátúndé S̩óyíinká; born 13 July 1934), known as Wole Soyinka (pronounced [wɔlé ʃójĩnká]), is a Nigerian playwright, novelist, poet, and essayist in the English language. He was awarded the 1986 Nobel Prize in Literature, the first sub-Saharan African to be honoured in that category. Soyinka was born into a Yoruba family in Abeokuta. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Wole Soyinka has received more than 1,748,815 page views. His biography is available in 85 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 81 in 2019). Wole Soyinka is the 979th most popular writer (up from 1,101st in 2019), the most popular biography from Nigeria (up from 4th in 2019) and the most popular Nigerian Writer.

Wole Soyinka is most famous for his work as a poet, novelist, and playwright. He has written more than 20 books and has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

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Among writers, Wole Soyinka ranks 979 out of 5,794Before him are Jean M. Auel, Ivar Aasen, Adalbert Stifter, Isabelle de Charrière, Hunter S. Thompson, and Maria Leopoldina of Austria. After him are Ahmad Khani, Ninon de l'Enclos, Jean Moréas, Clive Cussler, Sarojini Naidu, and Alfred Brehm.

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Among people born in 1934, Wole Soyinka ranks 55Before him are Mohamed Farrah Aidid, John Surtees, Jonas Savimbi, David J. Thouless, Giovanni Battista Re, and Alfred Schnittke. After him are Bettino Craxi, Yasuo Takamori, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Miguel de la Madrid, Princess Margaretha, Mrs. Ambler, and Hans Hollein.

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In Nigeria

Among people born in Nigeria, Wole Soyinka ranks 1 out of 200After him are Dr. Alban (1957), Hugo Weaving (1960), Muhammadu Buhari (1942), Chinua Achebe (1930), Fela Kuti (1938), Tony Allen (1940), Sade (1959), Hakeem Olajuwon (1963), Usman dan Fodio (1754), Olusegun Obasanjo (1937), and Olaudah Equiano (1745).

Among WRITERS In Nigeria

Among writers born in Nigeria, Wole Soyinka ranks 1After him are Chinua Achebe (1930), Olaudah Equiano (1745), Amos Tutuola (1920), Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (1977), Flora Nwapa (1931), Buchi Emecheta (1944), Ben Okri (1959), Cyprian Ekwensi (1921), and Chris Abani (1966).