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Chinua Achebe or Woke Soyinka, Who Is The Better Writer and Why?

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1. Chinua Achebe: Chinua Achebe born Albert Chinụalụmọgụ Achebe, 16 November 1930 – 21 March 2013) was a Nigerian novelist, poet, professor, and critic. His first novel Things Fall Apart (1958), often considered his masterpiece, is the most widely read book in modern African literature.

View pictures in App save up to 80% data. Achebe was forced to leave Lagos after the second coup, and during the Nigerian Civil War (1967-70) he became a spokesperson for the Biafran cause in Europe and North America. He also served as a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Nigeria in Nsukka which was renamed the University of Biafra during the war.Through this name change, Acheberejected his British moniker and opted for his traditional African namemeaning, "my spirit come fight for me." After a year at Ibidan, Achebeswitched from medical studies to a liberal arts education focusing on English, history and religion. He died at the age of 82 years. Chinua Achebe wrote more than 20 books - novels, short stories, essays and collections of poetry - including Things Fall Apart (1958), which has sold more than 10 million copies worldwide and been translated into more than 50 languages; Arrow of God (1964); Beware, Soul Brother and Other Poems (1971), winner of the Commonwealth Poetry Prize; Anthills of the Savannah (1987), which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize for Fiction; Hopes and Impediments: Selected Essays (1988); and Home and Exile (2000).

2. Wole Soyinka: Akinwande Oluwole Babatunde Soyinka, known as Wole Soyinka, is a Nigerian playwright, poet and essayist. He was born on 13 July 1934 at Abeokuta, near Ibadan in western Nigeria.

View pictures in App save up to 80% data. After preparatory university studies in 1954 at Government College in Ibadan, he continued at the University of Leeds, where, later, in 1973, he took his doctorate. During the six years spent in England, he was a dramaturgist at the Royal Court Theatre in London 1958-1959. In 1960, he was awarded a Rockefeller bursary and returned to Nigeria to study African drama. At the same time, he taught drama and literature at various universities in Ibadan, Lagos, and Ife, where, since 1975, he has been professor of comparative literature. In 1960, he founded the theatre group, “The 1960 Masks” and in 1964, the “Orisun Theatre Company”, in which he has produced his own plays and taken part as actor. He has periodically been visiting professor at the universities of Cambridge, Sheffield, and Yale. He was awarded the 1986 Nobel Prize in Literature, the first black African to be honoured in that category. Wole Soyinka has 126 books on Goodreads with 2615837 ratings. 

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UcheJosiah_01 · 06/28/2020
Aboki na him write this post. Check out his name at the top to see for yaself. Pls wat is his aim? Simple,to cos commotion and unnecessary bickering btw Igbos and Yorubas. Just look am and pass. Ndi ara. Open ya eyes.
+234-706888**** · 07/26/2020
ask the northern writers mumu
Hasbiyyallahu · 07/15/2020
Unnecessary & frivolous discussion, leave d writers alone, individual opinions
OluBadejo · 07/26/2020
This question was answered 35 years ago. Wole Soyinka of course. No other Nigerian has been able to win the prestigious Nobel Award won by Prof Wole Soyinka in 1986 !

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