African American Museum & Library and Education Development Opportunities Host Nigerian Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka at Book Signing on April 23, 2006

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Education Development Opportunities Host Nigerian Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka the First African to Win a Nobel Prize in Literature at the African American Museum and Library at Oakland on April 23, 2006. To kick of book signing, an exhibit of Soyinka personal effects will be on display for public viewing starting April 15.

Osagie Enabulele, Education Development Opportunities founder, president and CEO announced today that Nigerian born Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka will be on-hand at the African American Museum & Library Sunday, April 23 from 3:00-5:30pm to talk about and sign his long-awaited memoir, You Must Set Forth at Dawn published this month by Random House. In addition, starting on Saturday, April 15 the Museum will hold a special exhibit featuring articles from Soyinka’s personal collection and effects. In conjunction with EDO, AAMLO the event is being sponsored by the National Association of Seadogs (Nas International), the City of Oakland and Peralta Community Colleges. The books are now available for advance purchase at the Museum store “Reflections”. The Event is Free and Open to the Public.

Enabulele, a longtime activist and newly appointed Oakland Parks and Recreation Commissioner worked behind the scenes for the last year to make the event happen at the African American Museum and Library. “As a fellow Nigerian compatriot and one of the founding members of National Association of Seadogs aka Pyrates Confraternity. It is my honor to bring Soyinka to Oakland where Nas Aftashock Zone contributes to the betterment of the Community. Soyinka’s visit is important to the bay area as a heralding of its social enlightenment as well as the launching of Education Development Opportunities.” said Enabulele. “I founded EDO because I saw a need for an organization devoted to empowering African communities here and abroad by mentoring future professionals. Although its primary focus is on Nigeria, EDO is created to promote self sufficiency in all underdeveloped communities. We will award students Ake Scholarships which will provide for their training and mentorship abroad.” Ake Scholarship is dedicated to Academic Excellence and to honor Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka for his literary works and contributions to humanity.

The first African to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature and a human-rights activist of prodigious energies, Wole Soyinka follows his highly acclaimed childhood autobiography, Ake: The Years of Childhood, with a monumental new memoir that recounts his tumultuous adult years. You Must Set Forth At Dawn is both a fascinating chronicle of a public life, and a more private meditation on the sustaining power of friendship. You Must Set Forth At Dawn will take its place alongside Ake as one of the most important memoirs written over the past century.

Soyinka has undoubtedly had a remarkable life. As one of the founding members of NAS – the National Association of Seadogs to civil rights activist for safety and welfare of the Nigerian people. Soyinka has been a voice for democracy and justice. He has repeatedly been exiled from his homeland, Nigeria, as well as sentenced to death. At the age of thirty-three, he was thrown in prison without trial for appealing for a cease-fire during Nigeria's civil war, and spent two years in solitary confinement. Upon release Soyinka became a courageous voice for human rights, democracy, and freedom; and in this memoir, he details the struggles and triumphs that have defined his globally important adulthood.

To find out more information or to make reservations those interested are urged to contact Osagie Enabulele at 510-393-6262.

About Education Development Opportunities

The organization works to identify and create opportunities for economic empowerment to underserved communities internationally through education, mentorship and community development by establishing the Ake Scholarship program to bring international students with gifted potential to study and be mentored in the United States in the fields of architecture and design, communication, finance, Literature, arts, Law, engineering, medicine and other professional fields. In turn the students will use their acquired skills to promote self sufficiency and empowerment when they return to their homeland communities. Ake Scholarship is dedicated to Academic Excellence and to honor Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka for his literary works and contributions to humanity. Contribute towards building civil societies, social bridges, exchange programs and the promotion of multi-cultural ideas and projects. Create a Network of capable manpower for supporting the lager development projects in Africa.

About NAS

NAS International is the umbrella body for the international branches of the Nigerian charitable and humanitarian organization known as the National Association of Seadogs (NAS). NAS is the registered name for the group also known as the Pyrates Confraternity. It began as a University campus confraternity in the premier university, University of Ibadan, Nigeria and has grown into an international organization with branches in 36 states of Nigeria including the Federal Capital Territory, South Africa, UK, USA, Japan, The Netherlands and Canada. Nas has been fighting the ills of Society since it’s inception in 1952 around the world. For more information about Nas visit

About The African American Museum and Library at Oakland

The African American Museum and Library at Oakland is dedicated to discover, preserve, interpret and share the historical and cultural experiences of African Americans in California and the West for present and future generations. In 1946 Eugene and Ruth Lasartemay and Jessie and Dr. Marcella Ford began collecting the oral histories and artifacts that documented the activities of African Americans in and around Oakland, the Bay Area and California. In 1964 the organization officially became the East Bay Negro Historical Society, Inc. It later changed its name to the Northern California Center for Afro-American History & Life, reflecting its emerging importance as a regional historical center. In 1994, the City of Oakland and the Center merged to create the African American Museum & Library at Oakland (AAMLO). This unique public/private partnership entered a historic juncture with the opening of AAMLO to the public in February 2002. Located at 659 14th Street, AAMLO is housed in the former Charles A. Greene library.


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