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By Toyin Omoyeni Falola

"A the best option coming-of-age tale so choked 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 kingdom entering being and the tensions and negotiations that consistently ensue among urban and kingdom, culture and modernity, women and men, wealthy and bad. a very attractive 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 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 striking Yoruba city-state in Nigeria.Redefining the autobiographical style altogether, Falola miraculously weaves jointly own, historic, 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 is often actually a literary memoir, advised in language wealthy with proverbs, poetry, track, and humor.Falola's memoir is much greater than the tale of 1 man's youth reviews; quite, he provides us with the riches of a complete tradition and community-its background, traditions, pleasures, mysteries, loved ones preparations, sorts of strength, struggles, and modifications.

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For one thing, I need not string the words together, just dump them thoughtlessly onto a board after calculating the points. No one ever thought that Isola’s oriki would be written down, as it was meant to be chanted not read. No one knew that the lines would end, as it was supposed to be elongated with the passage of time. Just a few lines for you, to leave the rest for my chanters: Isola, the scion of Agbo He who dreams daily of wealth He who thinks daily of the good things of life He who looks unto the sky and says, “I can hold you if I want to” Isola, spare the sky.

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.

If the insect is a mosquito and I unsuccessfully seek revenge, you have to greet me twice, once when the mosquito bites me, to sympathize, and yet again when I make my short drive to “bite” the mosquito in return, to use my toe to mangle its small body into pieces and see the blood in me being wasted. You have to say Pele when I am sad, angry, moody, depressed, lonely, and dealing with my mind in ways that I am unable to reveal. When I am happy, you still have to say Pele to accommodate my temporary elation, the effectiveness of the caffeine that the kola nut has released into my system.

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