Nigeria at 53: Celebrating Naija's Notable Figures

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  • Genevieve Nnaji
  • Ken Saro-Wiwa
  • Wole Soyinka
  • Sade
  • Nwankwo Kanu
  • Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon
  • Some of Nigeria's Best
  • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Fela Kuti
  • Seal
  • Seun Kuti
  • Chinua Achebe
  • Femi Kuti
  • King Sunny Ade
  • Sophie Okonedo
  • Ben Okri
  • Chiwetel Ejiofor

Wole Soyinka

Wole Soyinka achieved a history-making feat in 1986 when he became the first person of African descent to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. At 79 years old, the acclaimed writer is best known for his plays, including The Lion and the Jewel, Death and the King’s Horseman, The Strong Breed and Dance of the Forests.

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