An excellent profile of Wole Soyinka, who own the Nobel prize for literature in 1986, is in today's Washington Post. The Nigerian writer has also been an activist for justice and freedom in his native country and in Africa in general; he was imprisoned for two years and considered an enemy of the state; in the 1990s he was in exile, until the death of the country's former dictator, Sani Abacha.
Like many white Americans, undoubtedly, I have not read Soyinka - but I intend to change that. Do any readers have comments about him, or his works that you've read?
LATER: We have been gifted with a wonderful first-person essay about Soyinka the writer and Soyinka the activist - and how the two have affected each other - from the pen of St. Antonym. It's in the comment thread. Please read. What is said there was foreshadowed in Soyinka's Nobel Lecture, which I read yesterday, wondering about writers who have become political symbols, and the extent to which politics informs or erodes their literary gifts and productivity.