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Wale Ojo to Portray Wole Soyinka in “The Man Died” Film Adaptation

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Nollywood veteran Wale Ojo is set to portray renowned Nigerian writer Wole Soyinka in the film adaptation of Soyinka’s famous book “The Man Died.” The memoir delves into Soyinka’s thoughts during his time as a political prisoner held by the government during the Nigerian Civil War.

Published in 1972, two years after the war ended, “The Man Died” offers a glimpse into Soyinka’s experiences and reflections. Soyinka, who made history as the first Sub-Saharan African to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1986, is a celebrated figure in the literary world.

To coincide with Soyinka’s 90th birthday in July, the film adaptation of “The Man Died” will be released. The movie boasts a stellar cast of Nollywood stars, including Chidi Mokeme, Sam Dede, Norbert Young, Francis Onwochei, Edmond Enabe, and Segilola Ogidan, among others.

Produced by Femi Odugbemi, written by Bode Asiyanbi, and directed by Awam Amkpa, “The Man Died” promises to bring Soyinka’s story to life on the big screen in a captivating and compelling manner.

Soyinka’s literary contributions have left an indelible mark on the world, with works like “Death and the King’s Horseman,” “The Lion and the Jewel,” “The Trials of Brother Jero,” “Aké: The Years of Childhood,” and “You Must Set Forth at Dawn” captivating readers and audiences alike.

April 1, 2024

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