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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.

Wakaa! explores themes including emigration of young Nigerians. U.S. and British universities are very popular with Nigerian students, who often look abroad for better economic opportunities. Credit: Jermaine Sanwoolu/newsweek.com

Nigerian musical Wakaa! targets Broadway after successful London stint

As the curtain falls on the first Nigerian musical to make the leap to a London theater, its executive producer is setting her sights higher still.

A scene from the movie “Fifty” created by Mo Abudu's EbonyLife TV

Nigerian Media Mogul Mo Abudu Making Most of EbonyLife TV Success

On a recent trip to Spain, Nigerian media mogul Mo Abudu seemed to be losing sight of what was meant to be a short retreat.

Chibundu Onuzo, Author of "The Spider King's Daughter"

What I read growing up in Lagos: Chibundu Onuzo

Growing up in Lagos, the closest library to my house was an hour’s drive away. It was a private library, moderately well stocked and tidily catalogued but you could only borrow one book at a time.

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.

Nigeria's President-Elect Muhammadu Buhari. Photographer: Stringer/AFP/Getty Images

Buhari pursues cabinet to boost Nigeria's economy and battle Boko Haram

Muhammadu Buhari’s election victory over an incumbent president was unprecedented in Nigerian history.

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.

Chinua Achebe

Chinua Achebe: After Empire - An interview with The New Yorker from 2008

In a myth told by the Igbo people of Nigeria, men once decided to send a messenger to ask Chuku, the supreme god, if the dead could be permitted to come back to life.

Muhammadu Buhari, Presidential Candidate of Nigeria's All Progressive Congress (APC)

Will Muhammadu Buhari be Nigeria's next president?

For the first time in Nigeria’s 16 years of democracy, there is real chance that the president could be someone other than the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

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.

The Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie at the Hay Festival in 2012

Continental drift: Africa39, an anthology of writing from south of the Sahara, is too good to miss

In 2007, Britain’s Hay Festival collaborated with the Unesco World Book Capital project to publish Bogotá39, a literary collection that showcased the talents of 39 Latin American writers under the age of 40.

Wole Soyinka

Walking With Wole Soyinka

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

Left - Right: General Joseph Ankrah (Chairman, Ghana National Liberation Council), Lieutenant Colonel Yakubu Gowon (Head of State, Nigeria), and Lt. Colonel Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu (Governor, Eastern Region, Nigeria) at Aburi, Ghana

Naij - A History of Nigeria by Jide Olanrewaju - An Actualize Production (Video)

An excellent, in-depth video of Nigeria’s history by Jide Olanrewaju

Alara, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria

Redefining African Luxury in Lagos, Nigeria

Businesswoman Reni Folawiyo is building a concept store with celebrated architect David Adjaye on Victoria Island in Lagos. The mission? To redefine African luxury for Nigerians—and for the rest of the world.