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Wole Soyinka: Nigerian playwright and poet. He was awarded the 1986 Nobel Prize in Literature, the first African to be honored.

Wole Soyinka dismisses claims he is too grand and old for Oxford poetry chair

Candidates for one of the most prestigious posts in poetry are embroiled in a war of words as Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka hit back at claims by broadcaster Melvyn Bragg that he was too old and “grand” for the role at Oxford University.

Wole Soyinka: Nigerian playwright and poet. He was awarded the 1986 Nobel Prize in Literature, the first African to be honored.

Wole Soyinka leads candidates for Oxford Professor of Poetry, with 40+ nominations ahead of everyone else

Nobel laureate and political activist Wole Soyinka has put himself forward as one of three candidates for the position of Oxford professor of poetry, a 300-year-old elected post which is seen as the top academic poetry role in the UK.