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Tigritude by Wole Soyinka

The quote about Tigritude below is a reaction of the first generation of Anglophone writers in the 60s to the older tradition of French Négritude theory (Léopold Sédar Senghor & Aimé Césaire).

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Wole Soyinka by Tunde Owolabi Photographer & Designer

There are many famous quotes from him, mainly this one I found on a wall in Cotonou (BJ) years ago:

Le tigre ne proclame pas sa tigritude,
il bondit (sur sa proie et la dévore).
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A tiger does not shout its tigritude,
it pounces (on its prey and devours it).

Akinwande Oluwole “Wole” Soyinka (born 13 July 1934) is a Nigerian writer, playwright and poet, first African in Africa and the diaspora to be awarded the 1986 Nobel Prize in Literature (the first African to be so honored).


But did you know that he released socio-political critique songs? Among other notable achievements, he made political music. In 1983, he even released an album.

In 2013, DJ Cuppy released her debut single and it is in fact a remix of “Etike Revo Wetin”, composed by Soyinka and Tunji Oyelana, as side B on the sarcastic Unlimited Liability Company LP from 1983. The song is more popularly known by the tongue-in-cheek phrase that makes the song’s chorus: “I love my country.”

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