Our lives in their words: These are the 10 best black poets of the 20th Century

Nii Ntreh Oct 10, 2019 at 01:30pm

October 10, 2019 at 01:30 pm | Faces of Black Excellence

Nii Ntreh

Nii Ntreh | Associate Editor

October 10, 2019 at 01:30 pm | Faces of Black Excellence

Wole Soyinka. Photo Credit: Oslofreedomforum.com

Wole Soyinka

Very few black poets have courted the explicit anger of their country’s government, and so Wole Soyinka is in a league of his own. He is also the first black African to win the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Soyinka mastered the art that was intended by the saying “the pen is mightier than the sword”. Themes of collectivism, freedom and intellectualism resonate in his poetry.

Among his top works are Ogun Abibiman and Mandela’s Earth.

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