The writings of Wole Soyinka have inspired millions in Africa and around the world. He is the first African to receive the Nobel Peace Prize in literature and started a literary movement that energized a continent and sought to change a nation.
He has inspired those that love the diversity of writing, not just
personal stories, but of literary content and diversity that expands the
intelligence and inspires intellectual discussions.
Raised in an environment of religious change and political chaos
along with a priority of educational attainment and civic growth.
Soyinka was born in and era of colonization, and conflict. Civil
discourse and the drive for independence from British rule in his native
Nigeria. The violence of a growing democracy reaching to branch out of
civil wars and military dictatorships.
The growth of writers of color and culture is important to tell the
stories of people of color and culture. From Africa to Asia, from South
America to Saudi Arabia and from the Artic to Antarctica, people are writing to tell their stories.
The explosion of writing camps, seminars, conferences, meetups and
other events are attended by more and more African American writers to
strengthen their knowledge of the writing process, building readership
and gaining more exposure to the craft of story creation and authorship.
Writers have a growing responsibility to be politically and civically
In the past 5 years more women of color are writing on platforms that
are so diverse they are meeting the needs of issues unimaginable just 2
to 4 years ago.
Traditionally men where the bloggers, podcasters, microbloggers and
content creators of the bloggersphere from the 80’s of early blogging
until the mid-2000’s when women caught on to the connectivity of
Now women are dominating the digital platforms of the Internet and
running with content exclusively tackling the issues that women can
relate to, identify with and share with other women no matter their
cultural diversity of lifestyle.
My writing growth is infused from listening to the interviews of Wole
Soyinka, Chinua Achebe and other African writers who are politically,
culturally and socially active. African American students need to be
exposed to writing even when they attend higher education. African
American students need to apply innovative and critical thinking skills
which are gained through reading, writing and intellectual thought.
Here are 20 ways to help the growth of
African American communities to build writers, educators, business
leaders, thought leaders, intellectuals and help African Americans
embrace the entrepreneurial spirit.
The Wisdom of Wole Soyinka Applied to African American Writers “A tiger does not shout its Tigritude, it acts.” Wole Soyinka
1. African Americans have the potential to launch their
own political party, but are too segmented in their political, economic
and educational visions.
2. African Americans must learn to make transformative
changes in politics, it is not about the position at the top, but how
the people are provided quality services that provide help to families
that help with stability, equal access to educational resources and
health care from birth to death.
3. African Americans must have a manifesto outlining
their political vision and mission for all people not just African
4. African Americans seasoned as political
professionals must be willing to have a far reaching vision for
generations in the future, not just for their personal political gains.
5. African Americans must have a solid Brand, not one
based on reparations of past behaviors by whites, but solid progressive
thinking to allow for growth by all cultures.
6. African Americans must support, praise, build on
their boys and girls academic accomplishments. Athletics and
entertainment cannot boost economic stability, athletics cannot
influence scientific research and development, athletics cannot build
academic curriculums to build colleges and universities. Academics
combined with athletics builds scholars.
7. African Americans must position themselves to learn
from others. They must build minds that embrace democratic concepts and
8. African Americans must move from being excited and
inspired by personalities that provide temporary emotional excitement.
They must embrace the intellectual abilities of its youth and build them
into social leaders first.
9. African Americans must be able to build leaders that have the ability to bridge cultural, economic and educational gaps.
10. African Americans must move away from the mentality of colonization and the culture of slavery.
11. African Americans must break free of the
mentalities beaten into them from slavery and colonization about
Africans and African heritage.
12. African American men must be their models and methods to improve African Americans communities.
13. African Americans must have the honesty to talk
about social issues that divide homes, communities, churches and
schools. There needs to be a platform to discuss these issues.
14. African Americans must stop pretending to be scared to grow beyond their abilities.
They must recognize their potential to be greater than they are.
15. African Americans in politics will be judged not by
the amount of times they are elected and re-elected, but by the lives
they improved from slavery (mental and physical), increased educational
and employment opportunities and gender equality.
16. African Americans must own their own media outlets,
they cannot continue to offer only once a week or bi-weekly news, they
must be competitive and forward thinking. Using Social Media platforms,
tools and Apps.
17. African Americans must have agendas that focus on building partnerships within the African American community.
18. African American businesses must partner with
schools to be business partners, to build an employment pool from which
to provide opportunities to African American students to gain
experience, internships and offering scholarships.
19. African Americans must grow beyond consumers and expand into producers
20. African American writers should be engaged in civil events, activities and teaching the next generation of writers.
21. African American
students in high school and college should not be scrambling for
internships, scholarships and employment opportunities. This is why
African Americans need to grow in STEAM areas to produce the resources
for children to grow beyond self-perceived or societal perceptions for
children of color.
“Books and all forms of writing are terror to those who wish to suppress the truth.” Wole Soyinka