Ake from Literature to a Feature Film

Ake is set in the years just before World War II; the author himself was born in 1934. Apart from a narrative aesthetic and lucidity of prose which is rare in Soyinka's regular literary works, it combines a beautiful child-view narrative technique with direct echoes from the war as heard or imagined down in Ake, Abeokuta.

«"Wole Soyinka is the only African writer who is well known to the public in the West. A film adaptation of his childhood narrative is a very big pie to dip one's hand in"»

Fiona Ledger, BBC World Service, London


Wole plays the magician in St. Peter's School, Ake, 1938

Media Reviews

Filming Soyinka's Ake: An early journal

Ake:The Years of Childhood, the excellent memoir by playwright and poet, Wole Soyinka, was cited by the Nobel Prize committee in honouring him with the 1986 Prize. read more

Soyinka’s Ake to be turned into a movie

Nobel laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka’s childhood memoir, Ake, The Years of Childhood is to be adapted into a film. read more

Taiwo Ajayi-Lycett, Akin Lewis, Others To Star In Wole Soyinka's AKE Novel Adaption Film

A new film titled AKE is set to hit the cinemas soon, but not until 2014 when it would be premiered. The movie is going to be an adaptation of Wole Soyinka’s novel AKE, read more

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