The official residence of the playwright as a lecturer in University of Ife, now Obafemi Awolowo University which is located in storey building located in the heart of the university, has been converted to a museum. He was a professor of Comparative literature between 1875 to 1999 at the faculty of arts in OAU.
The inauguration of the museum was part of the activities tagged “Ife festival of food and identity” by the Institute of Cultural Study of the university. The festival attended by traditional rulers across the Yorubaland and head of some foreign missions, saw Prof. Soyinka performing symbolic cutting of yam to signal the commencement of the weeklong festival.
In his address at the occasion, the Ogun state, Senator Ibikunle Amosun expressed the state gratitude to the university for the honor done to Prof. Soyinka, whom he described as the proud son of Ogun state.
Senator Amosun, represented by Mrs. Salamat Badru, said:
“Anything and everything Wole Soyinka simply excite us. Although Wole Soyinka goes beyond our state and indeed beyond the shores of Nigeria, nonetheless, we are pleased that he is one of those Nigerian figures that have helped to place our nation on the world map and, for the good reasons.”
“As for the Wole Soyinka museum, our association will go beyond today’s event. Ogun state will continue to identify and support this facility in a way that will guarantee its viablility and continued relevance and sustainability.”
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In Nigeria, Soyinka was a Professor of Comparative Literature (1975 to 1999) at the Obafemi Awolowo University, then called the University of Ife. With civilian rule restored to Nigeria in 1999, he was made professor emeritus.While in the United States, he first taught at Cornell University as Goldwin Smith professor for African Studies and Theatre Arts from 1988-1991 and then at Emory University where in 1996 he was appointed Robert W. Woodruff Professor of the Arts. Soyinka has been a Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and has served as scholar-in-residence at NYU’s Institute of African American Affairs and at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California, US. He has also taught at the universities of Oxford, Harvard and Yale.