Wole Soyinka is a Nigerian playwright, poet, and essayist who was born on July 13, 1934. Here are five facts about his personal life and his stance on cultism:
1. Soyinka was one of the early members of the Pyrates Confraternity, which was founded in 1952 at the University College, Ibadan. However, he left the group before it evolved into the dangerous and violent secret society that it is known as today.
2. Soyinka was once abducted and held for two years by the government of Nigeria during the civil war in the late 1960s. His stance against the war and the government's actions during that time made him a target.
3. Soyinka has been married three times and has five children.
4. Soyinka has been vocal in his opposition to cultism in Nigerian universities and has written and spoken extensively on the subject. He believes that cultism has no place in academic institutions and that it is a threat to the intellectual development and safety of students.
5. Soyinka has been a prominent human rights activist and has been recognized for his contributions to literature, human rights, and social justice with numerous awards, including the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1986.