An evening with professor Wole Soyinka

As part of the Nigeria House season Theatre Royal Stratford East in collaboration with New World Nigeria will host an evening with Professor Wole Soyinka, including an interview and Q&A by journalist and BBC radio presenter Dotun Adebayo MBE.

The event will take place on Tuesday 31 July, 6pm at Theatre Royal Stratford East and will be followed by a performance of Professor Soyinka’s play, The Lion and the Jewel.

In 1986 Akinwande Oluwole ‘Wole’ Soyinka was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, the first African to receive the honour. He studied in Nigeria and the UK and worked with the Royal Court in London, writing plays that were produced in both countries. He took an active role in Nigeria’s political life and its struggle for independence from Great Britain and in the 1967 Nigerian Civil War he was arrested by the Federal Government of General Yakubu Gowon and put in solitary confinement for two years. Soyinka has strongly criticised many Nigerian military dictators as well as other regimes including that of Robert Mugabe. In 2007 Wole Soyinka was appointed Professor in Residence at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, USA.

Until Sunday 12 August, Theatre Royal Stratford East is hosting New World Nigeria’s hospitality house, Nigeria House. The festival includes music, theatre, poetry, fashion exhibitions and films from Nollywood.

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Professor Wole Soyinka comes to London for New World Nigeria [image credit Ty Bello]

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