By Toyin Omoyeni Falola
"A wonderful coming-of-age tale so jam-packed with shiny colour and emotion, the phrases appear to dance off the web page. yet this isn't purely Falola's memoir; it truly is an account of a brand new kingdom entering being and the tensions and negotiations that continuously take place among urban and state, culture and modernity, women and men, wealthy and terrible. a very appealing book."-Robin D. G. Kelley "More than a private memoir, this booklet is a wealthy minihistory of up to date Nigeria recorded in scrumptious element by way of a perceptive eyewitness who grew up on the crossroads of many cultures."-Bernth LindforsA Mouth Sweeter Than Salt gathers the tales and reflections of the early years of Toyin Falola, the grand historian of Africa and one of many maximum sons of Ibadan, the amazing Yoruba city-state in Nigeria.Redefining the autobiographical style altogether, Falola miraculously weaves jointly own, ancient, and communal tales, besides political and cultural advancements within the interval instantly previous and following Nigeria's independence, to provide us a different and enduring photograph of the Yoruba within the mid-twentieth century. this can be actually a literary memoir, instructed in language wealthy with proverbs, poetry, music, and humor.Falola's memoir is much greater than the tale of 1 man's formative years studies; fairly, he offers us with the riches of a complete tradition and community-its background, traditions, pleasures, mysteries, family preparations, types of strength, struggles, and alterations.
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They had to conclude the wars that came to a stalemate and fight to regain the colonies that were lost because of an unnecessary peace settlement. The belief became a dream. They created as much tension as was possible so that the British would leave; they even antagonized the pioneer colonial officers, provoking them into riots and conflicts. But the wars never came. Ibadan moved into the twentieth century without wars. The war boys had to find other occupations, even as laborers in the building of railways.
Yusuf did not fight Philip; Yusuf did not pounce on me. He even said that he did not know where Philip lived, and when he was forced to lead the way he went to the house of the innocent. I have never been at war with myself. Ibadan did not believe in alliances in the process of forming its huge empire; it could have saved the empire by adopting a strategy of alliance and diplomacy, but it refused. Isola never forms alliances, buying people to fight his battles. Never. The gene is in him, and as Isola walks behind Ibadan he becomes like animals who, by walking behind an elephant, avoid being drenched in dew.
Peace is an illusion, the message of imams and pastors massaging your ego so that the tithe and offerings can be bigger. Fear has no meaning in my world. Depression is strange: pimples attack the faces only of the gentle, stress the minds of the restful and lazy. Once I know the conclusion of an argument, I want to rush there to contest it, and we can use the process to complicate the conclusion, rather than the conclusion to eulogize the process. Intrigue does not bother me, as I once told my colleagues at Ile-Ife in the 1980s.