By Toyin Omoyeni Falola
"A ultimate coming-of-age tale so jam-packed with vibrant colour and emotion, the phrases appear to dance off the web page. yet this isn't in basic terms Falola's memoir; it really is an account of a brand new kingdom entering being and the tensions and negotiations that constantly take place among urban and kingdom, culture and modernity, women and men, wealthy and negative. a very appealing book."-Robin D. G. Kelley "More than a private memoir, this publication is a wealthy minihistory of latest Nigeria recorded in scrumptious aspect 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 remarkable 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 photo of the Yoruba within the mid-twentieth century. this can be really a literary memoir, informed in language wealthy with proverbs, poetry, track, and humor.Falola's memoir is much greater than the tale of 1 man's adolescence reports; really, he provides us with the riches of a complete tradition and community-its heritage, traditions, pleasures, mysteries, family preparations, different types of energy, struggles, and alterations.
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As they were about to move to the postmodern, the British came to force them to abandon modernity. Ibadan was not planning on tradition, it was the British who forced them. Ibadan did not even want a king with a crown, like other Yoruba cities and kingdoms, with the powerful half man half god idling away at the palace with his harem. The British encouraged Ibadan to replace a warrior with a gentle king. Knives and guns moved Ibadan into the modern era in the snap of a finger necessary to stab and see blood.
Perhaps the visitor was a missionary in one of the early churches or one of those scholars in the only university in the city. Or the visitor could even be a way to accord agency and power to a “son of the soil” who mastered the white man’s language and put it to a good use, if only once. Ibadan! The spirit of the rock protects the town. Ibadan, don’t fight! We must ask for permission before we enter the town; Because this is the town in which the thief is innocent. And the owner of property is guilty.
To the war chiefs, merchants and traders were important for profits, part of which they must relinquish as gifts and taxes. When a successful merchant who was the most prominent woman in the city during the nineteenth century was becoming too mean for their liking, they set the mob on her. All good dancers dread only one moment: no matter how good they are, they have to yield the floor to others on the day when better dancers emerge. Warriors and their war boys are like the ripe fruits that can never 40 A Mouth Sweeter Than Salt hang on a tree for too long.
A Mouth Sweeter Than Salt: An African Memoir by Toyin Omoyeni Falola