Known for movies

Short Info

SpouseFolake Doherty-Soyinka
FactBiography/bibliography in: "Contemporary Authors". New Revision Series, vol. 136, pages 359-368. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2005.

Wole Soyinka was born in Abeokuta, Nigeria on July 13, 1934. His father was a Christian minister and his mother a marketer. He had two brothers and a sister. He attended Abeokuta Grammar School and then the University of Ibadan. He was a member of the university’s Dramatic Society.

Soyinka’s career began with his first play, The Swamp Dwellers, which was produced in Nigeria in 1959. He has since written over 30 plays, as well as novels, poems, essays, and memoirs. His work has been translated into over 50 languages.

Soyinka was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1986, becoming the first African to receive the honor. He has also received the Order of the Niger, the Order of the Star of Ghana, and the Order of the Companions of O. R. Tambo.

Soyinka has been married three times and has four children. His first wife was Folake Soyinka, with whom he had a son, Iyunolu Soyinka. His second wife was Olaide Oyelude, with whom he had a daughter, Moremi Soyinka-Onijala. His third wife is Folake Olagunju, with whom he has a son, Olukayode Soyinka, and a daughter, Iyetade Soyinka.

Soyinka is tall and slender, with dark hair and eyes. He is known for his deep, resonant voice.

General Info

Full NameWole Soyinka
ProfessionProfessor, Playwright, Poet, Novelist, Essayist
EducationUniversity of Ibadan


SpouseFolake Doherty-Soyinka
ChildrenOlaokun Soyinka, Peyibomi Soyinka-Airewele, Iyetade Apampa, Makin Soyinka, Moremi Soyinka-Onijala
ParentsGrace Eniola Soyinka, Samuel Ayodele Soyinka


AwardsNobel Prize in Literature, Anisfield-Wolf Book Award
NominationsNeustadt International Prize for Literature
MoviesKongi's Harvest, Shout Gladi Gladi

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1Was defended by John Mortimer of criminal charges in Nigeria.
2He was nominated for a 1980 Joseph Jefferson Award for Choreography for the play, "Death and the Kings Horseman", at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.
3Biography/bibliography in: "Contemporary Authors". New Revision Series, vol. 136, pages 359-368. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2005.
4Was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1986.



Kongi's Harvest1970play / screenplay
Joshua: A Nigerian Portrait1963TV Movie


Kongi's Harvest1970President Kongi


Shout Gladi Gladi2015Documentary special thanks


Shout Gladi Gladi2015DocumentaryInterviewee
Nelson Mandela: The Myth and Me2013DocumentaryHimself, author
Invitation to World Literature2010TV Series documentaryHimself
Na plovárne2006TV SeriesHimself
Tavis Smiley2006TV SeriesHimself
Charlie Rose2006TV SeriesHimself
Un siècle d'écrivains1996TV Series documentaryHimself
Un dieu au bord de la route1994DocumentaryNarrator
Aquarius1971TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

God Is African2003Himself

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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