By Toyin Omoyeni Falola
"A superb coming-of-age tale so filled with brilliant colour and emotion, the phrases appear to dance off the web page. yet this isn't simply Falola's memoir; it's an account of a brand new country entering being and the tensions and negotiations that perpetually ensue among urban and state, culture and modernity, women and men, wealthy and terrible. a very attractive book."-Robin D. G. Kelley "More than a private memoir, this ebook is a wealthy minihistory of latest Nigeria recorded in scrumptious element via 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 outstanding Yoruba city-state in Nigeria.Redefining the autobiographical style altogether, Falola miraculously weaves jointly own, old, and communal tales, in addition to political and cultural advancements within the interval instantly previous and following Nigeria's independence, to offer us a special and enduring photograph of the Yoruba within the mid-twentieth century. this can be actually a literary memoir, advised in language wealthy with proverbs, poetry, track, and humor.Falola's memoir is way greater than the tale of 1 man's early life studies; particularly, he provides us with the riches of a whole tradition and community-its heritage, traditions, pleasures, mysteries, family preparations, kinds of strength, struggles, and modifications.
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To which the response will be “yes” in an appreciative form. An affirmation is similarly common to indicate that things are well. “Good morning” is a common one. As the society ages in time but not in wisdom, elaborate greetings become a nuisance to a small number of the new generation, mainly products of formal school systems. An economics teacher, when economics was itself a new discipline in Africa, began to calculate the amount of time that was wasted on greeting and to regard it as a form of inefficiency.
No one spoke. Yusuf was holding onto a part of his head to stop further bleeding. As we moved nearer home, after a long walk of over an hour, we all parted ways. The event was over. I was reporting the success of the day’s celebration, with the usual embellishments, when Yusuf and his parents arrived, angry and cursing me, my family, and ancestors. Yusuf’s mother grabbed me, hit me violently, threatened to kill me. She was overpowered. She was crying, I was looking. It took another person to announce that Yusuf had lost his eye.
It was a great party, a good meal, interrupted by city guards who came to announce that the chiefs-in-council wanted to see him. ” he screamed. He sensed trouble, and he needed to think fast, at the speed of light. If he miscalculated, he would become like the prince who grew too big for his underwear and had to dance naked. ” He spoke as if asking a question. ” When the chiefs send for you, better run, as the 38 A Mouth Sweeter Than Salt longer they wait the angrier they become. He knew not to keep the chiefs waiting.
A Mouth Sweeter Than Salt: An African Memoir by Toyin Omoyeni Falola