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By Toyin Omoyeni Falola

ISBN-10: 0472031325

ISBN-13: 9780472031320

ISBN-10: 0472114018

ISBN-13: 9780472114016

"A excellent 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 truly is an account of a brand new state getting into being and the tensions and negotiations that continuously take place among urban and kingdom, culture and modernity, women and men, wealthy and bad. a very appealing book."-Robin D. G. Kelley "More than a private memoir, this e-book is a wealthy minihistory of up to date Nigeria recorded in scrumptious element through 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, besides political and cultural advancements within the interval instantly previous and following Nigeria's independence, to offer us a different and enduring photo of the Yoruba within the mid-twentieth century. this can be actually a literary memoir, instructed in language wealthy with proverbs, poetry, tune, and humor.Falola's memoir is much greater than the tale of 1 man's early life reviews; quite, he provides us with the riches of a complete tradition and community-its historical past, traditions, pleasures, mysteries, loved ones preparations, kinds of strength, struggles, and changes.

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Listen, my Lord is about to move to the field of the heartless, Where the parent of two will be left with but one, Where the parent of one will be left all forlorn, Let him whose mother forbids him to go return from following my master, Let him whose father forbids him to go return from following my master, My master, my Lord, the King of the camps. Let him whose betrothed is of age to be wed return from following my Lord, The Lion of the Master of camps. Is this not a sufficient warning? War was no cocktail party.

The chiefs of Ibadan, now long buried in their graves, would be laughing at the suggestion. 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.

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. The Yoruba were adept at wars; Blood & Mouth 35 indeed, they fought many wars to build and expand many of their kingdoms. Gentle wars, quick handshakes with enemies, exchanges of jokes at parleys, small tributes as tokens of surrender.

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