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Wole Soyinka

Wole Soyinka, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1986 and president of INCA from 1997-2000, is among contemporary Africa’s greatest writers and one of the continent’s most imaginative advocates of native culture and of the humane social order it embodies.

Soyinka is a playwright, novelist, and memoirist as well as an outspoken critic of the Nigerian dictator General Sani Abacha, and now lives in exile in the United States. His experiences that led up to exile are vibrantly described in his memoirs Aké:  The Years of Childhood and The Man Died: Prison Notes of Wole Soyinka, about his two years in solitary confinement (1967 - 1969), punishment for supporting Biafran secession.