Nobel Prize News

Wole Soyinka at home in Abeokuta, Nigeria. Credit: theatlantic.com

A Nigerian Nobel Winner Exits Trump's America

“Trump’s wall is already under construction,” Wole Soyinka says. “Walls are built in the mind, and Trump has erected walls, not only across the mental landscape of America, but across the global landscape.”

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o is the writer the world needs now. Credit: qz.com/EPA/University of California

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o: The Kenyan author who’s done more for literature than Bob Dylan, and should have won the Nobel Prize

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o did not win the Nobel Prize in Literature, yet again. For years, the Kenyan writer has topped the list of contenders at betting sites, rivaling Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami, or with the case this year, American novelist Don DeLillo.

Kenyan writer and former political prisoner Ngugi wa Thiong'o at Howard University in Washington in 2006. Credit: Nikki Khan/The Washington Post

The Nobel Committee got it wrong: Ngugi wa Thiong'o is the writer the world needs now

The Kenyan writer has been a favorite to win for years. This year, according to gambling site Ladbrokes, the odds were 4-to-1 in Ngugi’s favor, with Haruki Murakami second at 7-to-1, and Don DeLillo at 12-to-1.

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.

A man hold a placard, center, reading 'Africa is all for Africans' prior to a march against immigrant attacks in South Africa, in Cape Town, South Africa, Wednesday, April 22, 2015. Police and soldiers officers raided a hostel considered a hotspot for anti-immigrant attacks in downtown Johannesburg as Sosuth Africa continued a crackdown in xenophobic violence. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)

South Africa's image suffers after anti-immigrant attacks

Only a few kilometers (miles) separate Alexandra, a gritty Johannesburg township where South Africans attacked immigrants last week, from Sandton, a district jammed with high-end stores, restaurants and gleaming office towers symbolizing the upper reaches of the prosperity that attracted so many job-seekers to South Africa.

Wole Soyinka, Africa’s first Nobel Laureate for Literature

Nigerians must forgive Buhari's past, says Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka

Africa’s first Nobel laureate for literature, Wole Soyinka, said Nigerians must show a Nelson Mandela-like ability to forgive president-elect Muhammadu Buhari’s past as an iron-fisted military ruler.

Frederik de Klerk, the last President of South Africa’s white-minority apartheid government

Cape Town votes to name highway after Frederik de Klerk despite opposition

A Cape Town highway was renamed after the last president of South Africa’s white-minority apartheid government, FW de Klerk, on Wednesday despite fierce opposition.

Wole Soyinka, the first African to win the Nobel Prize for Literature

Game Changers Africa: Wole Soyinka (Video)

In 1986, Nigerian author and playwright Wole Soyinka, became the first African to win the Nobel Prize for Literature.

'Ghana Must Go' by Taiye Selasi

African writers take center stage

Take a moment and think of an African author. Have you got the name in mind? Keep it there for a minute.

Wole Soyinka

Walking With Wole Soyinka

Several times, I have met Professor Wole Soyinka without actually meeting him.

Nadine Gordimer

South African anti-apartheid writer Nadine Gordimer dies at age 90

The Nobel laureate and South African author Nadine Gordimer has passed away, according to her family.