Books written by Wole Soyinka


Myth, Literature and the African World

Cambridge University Press | September 13, 1990 | 168 pages
The Nigerian author discusses African literature and the writer's role in African society as the modern equivalent of the tribal historian  More Info


Vintage | June 20, 1981 | 230 pages
The Nigerian playwright, poet, and novelist recounts his first eleven years growing up under the influence of his parents, traditional Yoruba customs, and Christian missionaries  More Info

Of Africa

November 12, 2013 | 224 pages
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Of Africa

Yale University Press | November 1, 2012 | 224 pages
A member of the unique generation of African writers and intellectuals who came of age in the last days of colonialism, Wole Soyinka has witnessed the promise of independence and lived through postcolonial failure. He deeply comprehends the pressing problems of Africa, and, an irrepressible... More Info

The meaning of Mandela

Human Sciences Research Council | June 20, 2019 | 40 pages
These engaging and witty lectures bring together the ideas of three renowned scholars—Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Wole Soyinka, and Cornel West—as they reflect on Nelson Mandela's image in the public imagination and his role as a symbol of African pride. Gates, a powerful academic presence in the... More Info