I said: "A tiger does not proclaim his tigritude, he pounces". In other words: a tiger does not stand in the forest and say: "I am a tiger". When you pass where the tiger has walked before, you see the skeleton of the duiker, you know that some tigritude has been emanated there.
Janheinz Jahn (trans. Oliver Coburn and Ursula Lehrburger), A History of Neo-African Literature (1968, pp. 265-6).
He is remembered in Nigeria with awe, both for a political boldness that landed him in prison and for a commanding intellect that is manifest in every genre he tackles.Wole Soyinka
Here is a man who retired as a head of state and went back to his small village house to live a pension like any other public servant.Wole Soyinka
The man dies in all who keep silent in the face of tyranny.Wole Soyinka
There is only one home to the life of a river-mussel; there is only one home to the life of a tortoise; there is only one shell to the soul of man: there is only one world to the spirit of our race. If that world leaves its course and smashes on boulders of the great void, whose world will give us shelter?Wole Soyinka