1959 – Born on the 15th of March.
1980 – He is often described as one of Africa’s greatest writers.
1991 – He known for his work, "The Famished Road" and was awarded the Booker Prize.
– He is the Vice-President of the English Centre for the International PEN.
– He is a member of the United Kingdom’s Royal National Theatre.
1997 – He received honorary doctorates from the University of Westminster.
2001 – He was awarded an OBE (Order of the British Empire).