By Toyin Omoyeni Falola
"A perfect coming-of-age tale so packed with brilliant 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 always ensue among urban and state, culture and modernity, women and men, wealthy and terrible. a really attractive book."-Robin D. G. Kelley "More than a private memoir, this ebook 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 extraordinary Yoruba city-state in Nigeria.Redefining the autobiographical style altogether, Falola miraculously weaves jointly own, ancient, and communal tales, in addition to political and cultural advancements within the interval instantly previous and following Nigeria's independence, to provide us a special and enduring photo of the Yoruba within the mid-twentieth century. this can be actually a literary memoir, informed in language wealthy with proverbs, poetry, music, and humor.Falola's memoir is much greater than the tale of 1 man's youth studies; relatively, he offers us with the riches of a complete tradition and community-its background, traditions, pleasures, mysteries, loved ones preparations, different types of energy, struggles, and modifications.
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He saw the bullet; as a soldier he knew that the antelope did not die by accident. Soldiers did not shoot antelopes; only hunters wasted their bullets in this way. He carried the antelope away, stealing it. To steal was bad enough; for a soldier to steal was to tarnish his honor significantly. He arrived home with the stolen antelope. People knew he had stolen it. As they were spreading the news about a brave soldier now a thief, he was butchering the antelope. As many were thinking about what would happen to the thief, he was roasting the antelope.
Philip himself had disappeared. This was the first real magic I saw in life; previous examples had all been fake. It was after the dust had settled that Philip revealed the secret: he ran to the raft, a sort of attic. He must have learned the trick from a lizard, for there was no ladder to reach the raft. It could not be reached from outside the house. Within the house, one would have to climb onto a tall person to touch the raft. Even if it were possible to get to the raft, only a brilliant mind could conceive the idea of hiding there, keeping company with rats and roaches, mice and snakes.
We all rushed out, changing the songs, the tunes, and the plays. Teachers and students parted ways. We all regrouped into our comfortable smaller friendship circles, leaving behind the larger union with its schedule and syllabus. It was time to look upon Ibadan, and whichever way we looked the Blood & Mouth 31 anonymous poet warned us to expect a war. Three boys began to play, all now men still alive. They traveled home, in the same direction. A small argument ensued, each boy making a separate point for a total of three.
A Mouth Sweeter Than Salt: An African Memoir by Toyin Omoyeni Falola