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By Toyin Omoyeni Falola

"A well suited coming-of-age tale so filled with brilliant colour and emotion, the phrases appear to dance off the web page. yet this isn't purely Falola's memoir; it's an account of a brand new state entering being and the tensions and negotiations that continuously happen 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 booklet is a wealthy minihistory of latest Nigeria recorded in scrumptious aspect 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 extraordinary 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 provide us a different and enduring photo of the Yoruba within the mid-twentieth century. this can be really a literary memoir, advised in language wealthy with proverbs, poetry, tune, and humor.Falola's memoir is way greater than the tale of 1 man's formative years reviews; really, he provides us with the riches of a whole tradition and community-its heritage, traditions, pleasures, mysteries, family preparations, sorts of strength, struggles, and differences.

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The chiefs envied the gods and began to demand sacrifices. Even the peace that followed Ibadan’s victory was turbulent. As the army marched back to the city, the poet warned the victims. It is true that the war with Ibadan has ended, but its aftermath— hatred—remains like the seed of tobacco in the hearts of men. 36 A Mouth Sweeter Than Salt Philip threw the rock; Yusuf’s mom dealt the blows; Philip ran to the raft. History is now becoming poetry. When the orange tree at the back of your house begins to produce bitter grapes, it is not enough to pluck all the fruits.

Work merges with time, time and work merge with people, all combining in elaborate greeting forms that denote boundaries of time, season, gender, occupation, and space. It is important to know who comes to the world earlier than others in order to maintain social hierarchies and the order of greeting codes. Greeting forms can easily be mastered; their violations, when voluntary, can be a deliberate act of protest. An elder who finishes his bowl of pounded yam all by himself, so goes a warning, will carry his plate by himself, as the angry youth will watch and stand by, violating the moral ethic of respect, which insists that the elder should not carry the bowl.

At Ibadan itself, soldiers could be promised a lifetime job, trained to fight, retained to fight, used for conflicts. As they practiced and fought, the serious ones were promoted with firm assurances that privileges would come. The rewards in ego, money, and captives were immense. The boys who carried knives about in the city made it possible to build an empire. In making the empire possible, they sought entitlements and rewards. It was their knives and kegs of gunpowder that turned a war camp into an empire.

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