An Evening with Wole Soyinka

Monday 29 November 2021

It’s been almost fifty years since Wole Soyinka, Africa’s first Nobel laureate for literature, last published a novel.

 

‘He is the best there is today, a poet and thinker who knows both how the world actually works and how the world should work.’ ― Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

It’s been almost fifty years since Wole Soyinka, Africa’s first Nobel laureate for literature, last published a novel. Chronicles From the Land of the Happiest People on Earth is, his fellow writers agree, worth the wait.

The novel is many things: A satire, a whodunit mystery and an expansive assessment of the last 60 years of Nigerian history. It’s full of wordplay and remarkable characters and provides a window into contemporary Nigeria and beyond.

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