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Famed African writer to speak

Wole Soyinka, Nobel Prize-winning Nigerian playwright, will speak on "The Post-colonial Condition" at 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, in Gates-Abegglen Theatre, Center for Performing Arts.

Soyinka is considered by many to be Africa’s finest writer. His work serves as a record of 20th century Africa’s political turmoil and struggle to reconcile tradition with modern culture.

Soyinka has published over 40 works in a career that spans five decades, including Mandela’s Earth and Other Poems and The Open Sore of a Continent: A Personal Narrative of the Nigerian Crisis.

During the civil war in Nigeria, Soyinka appealed for a cease-fire. He was arrested in 1967, accused of conspiring with the Biafra rebels and held as a political prisoner for 22 months.

His visit is sponsored by Miami’s Center for American and World Cultures and the theatre department.

Date Published: 11/30/2000
Volume: 20   Number: 17

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