Wole Soyinka gets lecturing job in UAE.

World acclaimed writer, academic, and Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka has joined the New York University Abu Dhabi as a professor of Arts Theater in the United Arab Emirates, UAE.

According to a circular dated August 23, 2022, posted on the school’s website, Professor Soyinka will become the first-ever Noble prize winner to be part of the school’s academic strategy and its mission as an educational institution. Soyinka will play a key role in building the University’s deep strength within the arts and its growth as a preeminent research and teaching university and world-class leader in global education.

Did Professor Soyinka have a working relationship with NYUAD before now?

Yes! He first became a part of the school’s community as a Writer-in-Residence in 2019, visiting through a joint invitation from the African studies, film and New Media, History, Literature, and creative writing and theater program hosted by NYUAD institute, supported by other offices across the university.

What’s the Theater Program all about?

The NYUAD Theater program is an academic and artistic Laboratory, dedicated to Theater Research, Scholarship, and Practice. Graduates of the program collaborate with other artists, scientists, and scholars across disciplines and invent new and hybrid cultural practices that will define and influence Theater Arts in the UAE and beyond.

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