Legendary playwright and Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka, just turned 87.
The novelist, poet, essayist and activist was born in Abeokuta on 13 July 1954.
Wole Soyinka was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1986. This made him the first sub-Saharan African to be honoured in that category.
To celebrate this icon, Jojo Naija is publishing some of his throwback photos., starting from his early years to the recent time.
Check out the photos:
Wole Soyinka at 4 Months old (1934) with his sister Tinu
At this primary school play: “Operetta The Magician” at St. Peters School, 1945. Wole (age 9) played the magician (in black)
1946. Secondary school days. Wole is on the right lying on his side by the school plaque which reads ‘ALL THE WORLD IS A STAGE’.
18 years old Soyinka as a Freshman at the University College Ibadan
On his matriculation day at the University College, Ibadan in the 50’s.
Wole Soyinka in red, with his fellow freshmen at the University College, Ibadan (Now University of Ibadan) in 1952 where he studied for 2 years before being awarded a scholarship to finish his B.A degree at the University of Leeds.
Wole Soyinka (R) clowns with a fellow Pyrate, Aig-Imoukhuende. (1953.)
23 year old Wole in Leeds (1957)
Wole Soyinka at the University of Washington, April 1973.
Walking on the streets of Limoges, France on October 23, 1986.
Wole Soyinka, lecturing. April 1973. AFSTU lecture.
FESTAC ‘77. Having a discussion with then military Head of State, Olu Obasanjo
1986. Wole Soyinka with colleagues J.P Clark(extreme left), Chinua Achebe (next to Clark)
The activist with his mother, Grace Eniola Soyinka
The Nobel laurate answers newsmen in front of Paris’ UNESCO building shortly after it was announced he had won the Nobel Prize in Literature (1986)
10th of December 1986. From L to R; Wole Soyinka (Nobel Prize for Literature) with his first son, Olaokun Soyinka and Their Majesties Queen Silvia and King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, at the Nobel banquet. Photo: SvensktPressfoto AB.
09, December 1986. Stockholm, Sweden. Nobel Laureates. From left to right: Gerd Binnig (Physics), Yuan Lee (Chemistry), James Buchanan (Economics), H. Rohrer (Physics), Ernst Ruska (Physics), J. Polanyi (Chemistry), D. Herschbach (Chemistry), Stanley Cohen (Physiology/Medicine), W. Soyinka (Literature) & R. Levi-Montalcini (Physiology or Medicine). Not pictured: Elie Wiesel (Peace). Picture by Leif Jansson.