Wole Soyinka: Writing and Political Activism

Conversations with History: Wole Soyinka

Wole Soyinka, 1986 Nobel Laureate in Literature.


On this edition of Conversations with History, UC Berkeley's Harry Kreisler talks with Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka. In an extraordinarily prolific and rich body of work including plays, novels, poems, and essays, Professor Soyinka draws on both Yoruba and western culture to exquisitely weave a subtle understanding of the tragedy and comedy of the human condition. In this discussion, Soyinka talks about the craft of writing, his work in theatre arts, human rights, and his political activism.

KEYWORDS: Nobel Laureates, Nigeria, Political Activism, Political Prisoners, Elberg Lecturers. 

Wole Soyinka
Publication date: 
April 15, 1998
Publication type: 
Conversations with History