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Nigerian Playwright Wole Soyinka on His Recent Exile

The Nobel Prize winner and activist talks with Terry about his newest book "The Open Sore of a Continent: A Personal Narrative of the Nigerian Crisis." It's been nearly a year since the Nigerian military government executed dissident writer Ken Saro-Wiwa. The killing sparked international protests that today has left Nigeria politically isolated. The events that led up to the execution in November 1995 mark Nigeria's decline from a thriving post-colonial state to its present military dictatorship.

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Other segments from the episode on September 18, 1996

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, September 18, 1996: Interview with Wole Soyinka; Interview with Ronald Kotulak; Review of New Edition's album "Home Again."

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