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