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“A tiger does not proclaim its tigritude. It pounces” Wole Soyinka

Akinwande Oluwole Babatunde Soyinka, known as Wole Soyinka, was born July 13, 1934. He is a Nigerian playwrite, novelist, poet, and essayist in the English language. He was jailed for almost two years in the late 60’s during the civil war in Nigeria between the Federal Government of Nigeria and the Biafrans. Wole Soyinka was awarded the 1986 Nobel Prize in Literature, the first Sub-Saharan African to be honored in that category.

Black History Month is a annual observance originating in the United States, where it is also known as African-American History Month. It has received official recognition from governments in the United States and Canada, and most recently has been observed in Ireland, and the United Kingdom. It began as a way of remembering people and events in the history of the African diaspora. It is celebrated in February in the United States and Canada, while in Ireland, and the United Kingdom it is observed in October.

[NOTE: February is the month chosen originally in the United States because both Abraham Lincoln’s birthday (Feb.12th) and Frederick Douglass’s birthday (Feb.14th) fall in that month]