Studies and essays censorship and art by john galsworthy

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Studies and essays censorship and art by john galsworthy

His father, Samuel Ayodele Soyinka whom he called S. Soyinka's mother, Grace Eniola Soyinka whom he dubbed the "Wild Christian"owned a shop in the nearby market.

She was a political activist within the women's movement in the local community. She was also Anglican. He was raised in a religious family, attending church services and singing in the choir from an early age; however Soyinka himself became an atheist later in life.

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The Years of Childhood In he was accepted by Government College in Ibadanat that time one of Nigeria's elite secondary schools. After finishing his course at Government College inhe began studies at University College Ibadan —54affiliated with the University of London.

He studied English literatureGreekand Western history. Among his lecturers was Molly Mahooda British literary scholar. Later inSoyinka relocated to England, where he continued his studies in English literature, under the supervision of his mentor Wilson Knight at the University of Leeds — He met numerous young, gifted British writers.

Before defending his B. He wrote a column on academic life, often criticising his university peers. Early career[ edit ] After graduating, Soyinka remained in Leeds with the intention of earning an M.

His first major play, The Swamp Dwellerswas followed a year later by The Lion and the Jewela comedy that attracted interest from several members of London's Royal Court Theatre. During the same period, both of his plays were performed in Ibadan.

They dealt with the uneasy relationship between progress and tradition in Nigeria. His work A Dance of The Foresta biting criticism of Nigeria's political elites, won a contest that year as the official play for Nigerian Independence Day.

On 1 Octoberit premiered in Lagos as Nigeria celebrated its sovereignty. The play satirizes the fledgling nation by showing that the present is no more a golden age than was the past. Also inSoyinka established the "Nineteen-Sixty Masks", an amateur acting ensemble to which he devoted considerable time over the next few years.

Soyinka wrote the first full-length play produced on Nigerian television. The political tensions arising from recent post-colonial independence eventually led to a military coup and civil war — With the Rockefeller grant, Soyinka bought a Land Roverand he began travelling throughout the country as a researcher with the Department of English Language of the University College in Ibadan.

He is often quoted as having said, "A tiger doesn't proclaim his tigritude, he pounces. At the end ofhis first feature-length movie, Culture in Transition, was released. In April The Interpreters, "a complex but also vividly documentary novel", [29] was published in London. That December, together with scientists and men of theatre, Soyinka founded the Drama Association of Nigeria.

In he also resigned his university post, as a protest against imposed pro-government behaviour by the authorities. A few months later, inhe was arrested for the first time, charged with holding up a radio station at gunpoint as described in his memoir You Must Set Forth at Dawn and replacing the tape of a recorded speech by the premier of Western Nigeria with a different tape containing accusations of election malpractice.

Soyinka was released after a few months of confinement, as a result of protests by the international community of writers. This same year he wrote two more dramatic pieces: Soyinka's political speeches at that time criticised the cult of personality and government corruption in African dictatorships.

The Road was awarded the Grand Prix. Civil war and imprisonment[ edit ] After becoming chief of the Cathedral of Drama at the University of IbadanSoyinka became more politically active. Following the military coup of Januaryhe secretly and unofficially met with the military governor Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu in the Southeastern town of Enugu Augustto try to avert civil war.

As a result, he had to go into hiding. He was imprisoned for 22 months [32] as civil war ensued between the federal government and the Biafrans. Though refused materials such as books, pens, and paper, he still wrote a significant body of poems and notes criticising the Nigerian government. He also published a collection of his poetry, Idanre and Other Poems.

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