It was at the DAI (Deutsch-Amerikanisches Institut) in Heidelberg on the 29 November 2003 at about 8 pm. The auditorium was filled with people from diverse cultural origins and professional backgrounds. The anxiety could be seen on their faces, some with members of their families and others with friends. It was a mixed gathering of elderly and younger generations. A small crowd gathered at the counter in a corner to buy books displayed on the table. Beside the counter was a bar that served drinks. Having satisfied their needs, the attendees are now seated waiting for the event to start. Accompanied by two others, a man with whitish-gray afro-look and beard walked in. He was immediately recognized and the hall was filled with welcoming applause; the first African literature Nobel-prize laureate, Wole Soyinka was the distinguished poet of the event.
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