Day 25: Wole Soyinka


"The hand that dips into the bottom of the pot will eat the biggest snail."
-Wole Soyinka 



Did you know, in 1986 (a great year by the way) Nigerian native, Wole Soyinka, was the first black African to receive a Nobel Prize in Literature? 

He is an activist, playwright, poet, and professor. 

In 1965, he actually took over the broadcast station in Western Nigeria and demanded a cancellation of the elections. In 1967, he found himself arrested and imprisoned in solitary confinement for two years, during the Nigerian Civil War. While in prison, his writing and opposition of Nigerian tyrants grew stronger than ever. 


He soon fled from Nigeria to move to the United States, where he became a professor at Cornell, Emory, Yale, and Harvard University. 

He became widely known for books such as "Of Africa" and plays like, "The Lion and the Jewel". 


His life's work is not complete, as he is still alive and well today. He is currently a lead professor at Loyola Marymount University in LA, California. 


In 2013, he was awarded the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award of Lifetime Achievement. 

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Meditate on the quote above: 

"The hand that dips into the bottom of the pot 
will eat the biggest snail."
-Wole Soyinka 

Does this hold true to you?

I'll leave you to ponder that on your own...

-V

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