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You Must Set Forth at Dawn

You Must Set Forth at Dawn

by Wole Soyinka

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ISBN: 978-0-9562401-3-2 | | Weight: 0.38kg | Paperback | Published 2010 | Rights: Co-Published by Ayebia Clarke Publishing Limited

Categories: African | Black Interest | Literature | Heritage | History | Memoirs | Biography |


A sweeping panorama of a life lived to the fullest as narrated by the subject himself, the Nobel Prize Laureate.

“If the spirit of African democracy has a voice and a face, they belong to Wole Soyinka….
Playwright, poet, political activist, teacher, student and friend: Soyinka's every aspect is brilliant and he serves ably as a model for us all. In these pages we celebrate his marvellous life.”

-Henry Louis Gates, Jr.




Wole Soyinka was born in 1934 in Western Nigeria. He studied Greek, English and History at Ibadan University in Nigeria from 1952 to 1954. He then studied English Literature at Leeds University, UK. In 1960, he returned to Nigeria to research West African drama, wrote and directed drama sketches critical of the government. He has been arrested twice in Nigeria and released for lack of evidentiary support. He was forced into exile between 1993 and 1998 as a result of his opposition to military dictatorship and its brutality. Soyinka has served as chair of the University of Ibadan’s Theatre Arts Department; professor of English at the University of Ife; visiting professor at Harvard, Yale, Cornell, Cambridge and several other universities. His published work includes The Man Died, Prison Notes of Wole Soyinka (1972); Aké, The Years of Childhood; Climate of Fear (BBC Reith Lectures 2004); Season of Anomy (1973); The Swamp Dwellers; Interventions (Series); Myth Literature and the African World, Death and the King’s Horseman; King Baabu; Samarkand and Other Markets I Have Known and The Interpreters. Soyinka was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1986, the first African to be so honoured.

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