Professor Wole Soyinka is a popular and renowned Nigerian author, poet, and playwright.

He is known to be one of the greatest and the first winner of the Nobel prize in Literature from the sub-Sahara region of Africa.

In this article, we will be taking a look at Wole Soyinka’s net worth, biography, career, and lots more.

Full NameOluwole Soyinka
Date of BirthJuly 13, 1934
SpouseFolake Doherty
Net Worth$20 Million
Wole Soyinka Bio-data

Wole Soyinka Biography

Professor Wole Soyinka was born on July 13, 1934, in Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria. He was born into the family of Soyinka as the second child of the family of six.

His father was a senior teacher at the St. Peters School in Abeokuta while his mother was a petty trader and a political activist.

Wole Soyinka had his early life in his hometown where had completed his primary education at the St. Peter’s Primary School.

After passing his entrance examination, he gained admission into the Abeokuta Grammar School, Idi-Aba where he had completed his secondary education.

While in secondary school, Wole Soyinka wasn’t so intelligent and upon graduation, he got admitted into the Government College in Ibadan, Oyo State.

After completing his course in the college, he further attended the University College Ibadan (now the University of Ibadan).

Wole Soyinka spent two years in the college and before the end of the second year, he moved to the United Kingdom where he had completed his education at the University of Leeds; including his Master’s Degree in Art.

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Wole Soyinka Career

Wole Soyinka is a popularly known and one of the best selling book authors who has written and published several books on Amazon and other bookselling points.

His early career can be traced back to 1958, during his days after completing his Master’s Degree.

He started as a playwright and debuted his first play which was titled The Swamp Dwellers.

Proceeding that, he has written other several plays among which are; The Lion and the Jewel, The Invention, and many others.

In 1959, a few months after publishing The Lion and the Jewel play, Soyinka moved to the United Kingdom where he had worked as a play reader at the Royal Court Theatre, London.

A few months later, he came back to Nigeria and worked at several positions in several institutions including; an English Language researcher at the University of Ibadan, an English lecturer at the Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile-Ife.

Wole Soyinka has founded several youths and media groups and organizations which have really helped in contributing to the growth of his country, Nigeria, and many other different countries of the world.

These groups include the Pyrates Confraternity which he formed while at the University of Ibadan and it also happens to be the first cult group in Nigeria.

The Pyrates Confraternity group was created to help the less-privileged students fight for justice, said Wole Soyinka.

You can go check out the books that have been written by Wole Soyinka here.

Wole Soyinka Net Worth

Wole Soyinka Net Worth
Wole Soyinka Net Worth

As of [current_date format=’Y’], Wole Soyinka’s net worth is estimated to be around $20 million which he made from his career as an author and educational advocate.

Wole Soyinka Peronal Life

Wole Soyinka is happily married to his wife, Folake Doherty, with whom he got married in 1989. The couple is also blessed with three children whose names are currently unknown.

Preceding that, Wole Soyinka had previously been in a relationship two times which all led to marriage.

Professor Wole Soyinka’s first wife was a British writer whose name was Barbara Dixon. The couple got engaged in 1958 and had a child together later in that year.

The child who was named Olaokun is now a renowned and professional medical doctor in Nigeria.

Wole Soyinka’s second marriage was with Olaide Idowu. A Nigerian lady who worked as a Librarian before getting engaged to Wole Soyinka.

The couple had greatly successive years together and as well had four children three of which are female. Their names are; Moremi, Peyibomi, and Iyetade (now late) respectively.

They also had a son whose name is Ilemakin.

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Wole Soyinka Awards

  • 1986 Nobel Prize in Literature.
  • 1983 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Lifetime Achievement (Aké: The Years of Childhood).

Wole Soyinka Best Quotes

And gradually they’re beginning to recognize the fact that there’s nothing more secure than a democratic, accountable, and participatory form of government. But it’s sunk in only theoretically, it has not yet sunk in completely in practical terms.

Wole Soyinka

The greatest threat to freedom is the absence of criticism.

Wole Soyinka

I consider the process of gestation just as important as when you’re actually sitting down putting words to the paper.

Wole Soyinka

Books and all forms of writing are a terror to those who wish to suppress the truth.

Wole Soyinka

And I believe that the best learning process of any kind of craft is just to look at the work of others.

Wole Soyinka

The man dies in all who keep silent in the face of tyranny.

Wole Soyinka

Power is domination, control, and therefore a very selective form of truth which is a lie.

Wole Soyinka

The hand that dips into the bottom of the pot will eat the biggest snail.

Wole Soyinka


Wole Soyinka happens to be one of the most influencial Noble scholars in Nigeria and many other different parts of the world.

His books and writings have won him series of awards including; best selling author several times.

His words are so reasonable and always go a long way to changing people’s life thus making him so popular and highly respected in the Scholar’s community.

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