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Top 5 Books By Wole Soyinka: The Tale, The Story And A Must Read by Thistrendblog(f): 10:36am On May 18, 2017
Top 5 Books By Wole Soyinka: The Tale, The Story and a Must Read.

Akinwande Oluwole Babatunde Soyinka is one of the most talented playwright and poet in Nigeria. Wole Soyinka books are read throughout the whole world. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1986. He is the first African laureate. His poetic overtones and cultural perspectives of his drama helped him to be recognized in the whole world. He is from Yoruba tribe, Nigeria. In this article, we gathered Top 5 books of Wole Soyinka you must read!


Wole Soyinka Books
Wole Soyinka is arguably the most famous African author. He is the best known as a playwright. His legacy is not only in his literary career. He is also a scientist, poet, novelist, and actor. He worked in various theaters in the Great Britain and Nigeria. Wole Soyinka writes in English. Still, his works are rooted to his motherland – Nigeria. Yoruba culture is the most related to him.

He included Yoruba traditions, tales, legends and myths in his works. Alas, as any modern writer, he also influenced by the modern tendencies. He is considered as a proponent of Democracy in Nigeria.

He criticized non-democratic and even authoritarian tendencies of Nigeria leaders in his books.

Wole Soyinka introduced the culture of Nigeria to the whole world. We should all read these books one of our greatest compatriots. Here are the Top 5 Wole Soyinka books you should read!

1. The Lion and the Jewel
It`s one of the books by Prof Wole Soyinka that you should read. It was performed for the first time at the Ibadan Arts Theatre in 1959. The comedy is set in the remote village of Ilujinle. There are three main characters in the play.

The first character is Baroka. He is a village chief and a tyrant who only wants to have his own way. He detests Western ideas as he believes that they oppose his rule.

The second character is Lakunle. He is a naive schoolteacher that has come to the village. His heart is filled with hopes and dreams for the future. He blindly accepts Western ideas without a complete understanding of them.

The third character is Sidi. She is a gorgeous woman that has to choose whom to marry. Baroka and Lakunle are so different! They both have something to offer and they both want to marry the damsel.

Though the characters are exaggerated, they represent a clear confrontation between two entirely different ideas. Both of them are neither good nor evil. Both have their good and bad sides. In the center of this is a woman, who needs to choose who she should spend her life with. The adversarial relationships between the two antagonists create comedic situations in the play. This makes readers read the book till the end to find out who will conquer Sidi`s heart.

2. The Trials of Brother Jero
This book follows a simple day in the life of the self-proclaimed prophet Jero. He is a person who wants to show he's cunning and wise to all people but fails to do that. The Brother Jero is a clear satire to all false prophets created in today`s Nigeria. In the very first monologue, the false prophet reveals that he is chosen by God to lead. He also explains his vision of the prophet hood as a “trade”. If people want to be close to God, then they should trade for His love with the Brother Jero.

Other two main heroes of the play are Chume and Amope. Chume is a follower of Brother Jero. He is also a messenger from the government. Amope is his wife.

She wants to receive money from Brother Jero, which he owes her. She is also a very ill-tempered woman who continually drives her man crazy. The strange collision between three of them will lead to a very sad end.

This is one of Wole Soyinka books that heavily criticizes not only the religion but also gender stereotypes. The prophet in the book is a composite character of today`s religion situation in the country. It also shows how this kind of people may trick others. The false prophet of God may play a bad joke with followers and there is no government to stop him.

3. Madmen and Specialists
Books from Wole Soyinka describe not only problems of Nigerian society, but also the general principles of right and wrong. Madmen and Specialists is one of those books. It describes a confrontation between the forces of good and evil.

What is good according to Wole Soyinka?
Good is represented by kindness, humanism, creativity, and altruism. What is evil then? It`s a complete opposite. The sadistic, destructive, selfish and reductionist nature of evil which does not assure a good outcome.

In the book, you can find two supernatural characters. They are called the Earth Mothers – Iya Mate and Iya Agba. They create a certain order which rules in the universe. The antagonist of the book is Bero. He claims to destroy the natural order and create chaos. Bero represents the chaos of the book. He is a simple force of madness.

Wole Soyinka creates the Old Man, who opposes to Bero. The Old Man is filled with wisdom of Socrates. The Old Man destroys the ranks of Bero with only his mind. He provides the philosophy that can`t stand Bero`s ideas. As a good character in the book, the Old Man believes that Bero can also find a path to the salvation.

The book shows confrontation of good and evil, chaos and cosmos, order and disorder. Still, good always wins and evil can always find its path to the salvation.

4. The Strong Breed
It`s a story about Emen, a man who lives in a strange village and has to make the ultimate sacrifice to save it. It`s a tragedy where a person has to make a choice between life and the common benefits. The main protagonist shares common parallels with the story of Jesus Christ.

The set of the play has deep Yoruba culture. Wole Soyinka describes the Yoruba`s New Year ritual. During this festival, Yoruba sacrifice a carrier. Eman represents all victims of the so-called carrier.

Death plays a significant role in the play. It represents a crucial point of struggle between personal and public. Emon is brought to readers as a person; he is nota Holy being. Still, he is not the first victim of this cruel ritual. His father was also sacrificed for this common goal.

Wole Soyinka questions a repressive ideology which regulates this ritual. In this play, ideology plays a bridge between imaginary and real. The ideology and real world have its own relationship. People want to enter the imaginary world and they follow ideology to do that. What happens when ideology is wrong? If it lets individuals make sacrifices for nothing? Wole Soyinka tries to show you answers through the prism of Yoruba society.

5. The Beautification of Area Boy
That`s one of the recent books of Wole Soyinka. In this story, he portrays a life of the street urchins or “area boys”. The plot of the play is set in Lagos, Nigeria. The main personages of this play show how they face the everyday struggles and challenges.

Sanda is a university drop out. His wit helped made him a student but life forced him to dropout. He is a leader of a syndicate. Sanda works as a security guard in a shopping mall where he finds potential victims. Wole Soyinka portrays Sanda as the Nigerian version of Robin Hood. The character is a criminal but he is also a product of military oppressive rule.

The second character is Miseyi. She once studied at the same University as Sanda. Still, her quick judgment condemns any relationship between the two. Alas, when she starts to know him better – it becomes a new love story.

Another main character of the play is Judge. Through his deeds, we find Wole Soyinka`s philosophy of this play. Sometimes justice can be provided not through the laws but the merciful deeds.

Source: http://www.thistrend.com.ng/2017/05/top-5-books-by-wole-soyinka-tale-story.html?m=1

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Re: Top 5 Books By Wole Soyinka: The Tale, The Story And A Must Read by Thistrendblog(f): 10:40am On May 18, 2017
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Re: Top 5 Books By Wole Soyinka: The Tale, The Story And A Must Read by Ezedon(m): 6:51am On May 19, 2017
Can. I download them online?
Re: Top 5 Books By Wole Soyinka: The Tale, The Story And A Must Read by kazmanbanjoko(m): 6:51am On May 19, 2017
White hair with white brain.

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Re: Top 5 Books By Wole Soyinka: The Tale, The Story And A Must Read by Astrogeotech: 6:51am On May 19, 2017
Baba

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Re: Top 5 Books By Wole Soyinka: The Tale, The Story And A Must Read by FreshShavedBalls(m): 6:51am On May 19, 2017
Hmmm, just realising that i have not even read any of Wole's top 5 books

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Re: Top 5 Books By Wole Soyinka: The Tale, The Story And A Must Read by jfleece(m): 6:51am On May 19, 2017
Good morning nairalanders..

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Re: Top 5 Books By Wole Soyinka: The Tale, The Story And A Must Read by kennygee(f): 6:52am On May 19, 2017
Death and The King's HorseMan.

But I enjoy Ola Rotimi's works more.

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Re: Top 5 Books By Wole Soyinka: The Tale, The Story And A Must Read by adewuyiade: 6:52am On May 19, 2017
Well-done sir

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Re: Top 5 Books By Wole Soyinka: The Tale, The Story And A Must Read by northvietnam(m): 6:53am On May 19, 2017
the mofo that can't keep to his words..
After ranting about Trump and Hillary

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Re: Top 5 Books By Wole Soyinka: The Tale, The Story And A Must Read by sunnysunny69(m): 6:54am On May 19, 2017
Kongi master himself.

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Re: Top 5 Books By Wole Soyinka: The Tale, The Story And A Must Read by hucienda: 6:54am On May 19, 2017
You Must Set Forth At Dawn

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Re: Top 5 Books By Wole Soyinka: The Tale, The Story And A Must Read by omusiliyu(m): 6:54am On May 19, 2017
AKE

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Re: Top 5 Books By Wole Soyinka: The Tale, The Story And A Must Read by raphieMontella: 6:55am On May 19, 2017
the lion and the jewel is my favorite.
another writer I respect a lot is chinua Achebe.
no longer at ease etc.
who has read chinua Achebe's; The Trouble With Nigeria?

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Re: Top 5 Books By Wole Soyinka: The Tale, The Story And A Must Read by gwmlogistic: 6:55am On May 19, 2017
Lion and d jewel wow, I hope they still read all this books in literature classes. Brings back memories of Mrs Joseph the literature teacher


In Other news
Antitrust/ everlasting water stanchion tower/ tank stand at whatever height and water capacity you plan on achieving.

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Re: Top 5 Books By Wole Soyinka: The Tale, The Story And A Must Read by ajoskele(m): 6:56am On May 19, 2017
The Interpreters.

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Re: Top 5 Books By Wole Soyinka: The Tale, The Story And A Must Read by raphieMontella: 6:56am On May 19, 2017
kennygee:
Death and The King's HorseMan.

But I enjoy Ola Rotimi's works more.
yes...
Our husband has gone mad again.

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Re: Top 5 Books By Wole Soyinka: The Tale, The Story And A Must Read by dsypha(m): 6:57am On May 19, 2017
Where can one get them online?

Also, this list is not complete without the memoirs.

Ake: The years of childhood is a must read.

Others I enjoy include
__The Man Died
__You must set forth at dawn
__The intrepreters
__Death and the King's Horseman

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Re: Top 5 Books By Wole Soyinka: The Tale, The Story And A Must Read by oneda(m): 6:57am On May 19, 2017
The trials of brother Jero pass any up comedy I've seen. kai! That book is another thing o

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Re: Top 5 Books By Wole Soyinka: The Tale, The Story And A Must Read by chinawapz(m): 6:58am On May 19, 2017
Hmmm
Re: Top 5 Books By Wole Soyinka: The Tale, The Story And A Must Read by elfico(m): 7:02am On May 19, 2017
Ake
The man died.

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Re: Top 5 Books By Wole Soyinka: The Tale, The Story And A Must Read by divicode: 7:03am On May 19, 2017
northvietnam:
the mofo that can't keep to his words..
After ranting about Trump and Hillary

The "mofo" is greater than anybody dead or alive in your biafrauud virtual republic

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Re: Top 5 Books By Wole Soyinka: The Tale, The Story And A Must Read by finnestdope(m): 7:03am On May 19, 2017
Nice




Also note this: [b][/b]Your future depends on many things but MOSTLY on YOU.
You may succeed if nobody believes in you, but you can't succeed if you don't Believe in YOURSELF

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Re: Top 5 Books By Wole Soyinka: The Tale, The Story And A Must Read by verygudbadguy(m): 7:04am On May 19, 2017
itsIYKE:
HIS LATEST "HOW TO PLAY COWARDICE(afonjar special)"!!!...pick your copy

Get a life. Do not die of afonjaism. Prof. Wole has achieved a lot for himself. Do something that will make you standout in your dreamland, Biaf***.

Goodluck!

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Re: Top 5 Books By Wole Soyinka: The Tale, The Story And A Must Read by ugleenerd: 7:05am On May 19, 2017
ipreach:
Yet, he cant think well

And he won an award dat u can Neva smell even in ur sanity....

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Re: Top 5 Books By Wole Soyinka: The Tale, The Story And A Must Read by Sexytemi(f): 7:05am On May 19, 2017
Trials of brother jero was just so hilarious o, very funny but interesting

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Re: Top 5 Books By Wole Soyinka: The Tale, The Story And A Must Read by zubimete(f): 7:06am On May 19, 2017
Readers are leaders, Good morning nairalanders.

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Re: Top 5 Books By Wole Soyinka: The Tale, The Story And A Must Read by raphieMontella: 7:06am On May 19, 2017
divicode:


The "mofo" is greater than anybody dead or alive in your biafrauud virtual republic
greater than okonji iweala?
Pls think well and stop this tribalism bs

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