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Nobel Laureate visits U-M-Flint

Wole Soyinka, who has been called one of contemporary Africa's greatest writers, signs books during a three-day visit to U-M-Flint. He is the author of plays, memoirs, poetry, novels and critical essays. Some of his works have adapted Western myth to African culture.

 
(Photo by Mel Sarow, U-M—Flint)

Soyinka, who won the 1986 Nobel Prize for Literature, is a proponent of human rights who spent more than two years in prison during the Nigerian civil war. After his release, he went into voluntary exile.

His appearance at U-M-Flint was part of the campus's observance of African American Heritage Month. He said that for the contributions of African Americans to be meaningful, they must be fully integrated into American society.

The Ruth Mott Foundation, the U-M-Flint Office of the Chancellor, CAS Dean's Office, U-M-Flint Annual Fund, Community Foundation of Greater Flint, Flint Public Library and the U-M-Flint Provost's Office funded the visit.











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