In this collection, 19 stories of the myriad struggles faced by contemporary Africans. ‘Aderoye’ tells the tragic story of a life lost to tradition. A cult collects its due in ‘pink soap’. In ‘A Handful of Dust’ a gay teenager is denied acceptance from his family.
A Mouth Sweeter than Salt gathers the stories and reflections of the greatest sons of Ibadan, the notable Yoruba city-state in Nigeria.
Redefining the autobiographical genre altogether, Falola miraculously weaves together personal, historical, and communal stories, along with political and cultural development in the period immediately preceding and following Nigeria’s independence, to give us a unique and enduring picture of the Yoruba in the mid-twentieth century.
This is truly a literary memoir, told in language rich with proverbs, poetry, song, and humor.
This engaging thought provoking lecture triggers crucial questions why is the state in Africa often a colossal millstone rather than a cornerstone of development. Why have African states post-independence retained inherited colonial structure, why are people in many parts of Africa poorer today than at independence, and standard of living and security have depreciated.
A compelling and well written account. In this long awaited book, peel has told the history of Nigeria and oil in a way that makes this important subject accessible to all. In doing so, he has done a service to everyone who is interested in development and in Africa.
What this book contains is a compilation of the good sides of the former Chief of Staff as espoused by his admirers whom I refer to as The Good; the not so bad accounts by those who felt let down and sidelined in the course of discharge of his duty as the ears and eyes of President Buhari, but tempered their anger with a balance of disappointment and compassion, and whom I have categorized as The Bad; and the very bitter ones amongst us who appear not ready to forgive Abba Kyari even in death and make no bones about their willingness to dance on his grave if they find the opportunity, perhaps owing to deep feelings of hurt arising from the loss of loved ones due to direct and indirect actions of Abba Kyari who they love to hate.
With a long and distinguished career as an academic, researcher, clinician, public health physician and administrator, prof. Mohammed has had the fortune (or in some cases, misfortune to be involved throughout his life in some of the landmark events in this country, in healthcare and other areas. Between the covers of this book he brings them to life with a richly documented narrative and characteristic meticulous attention to detail.
If we were to play a game of the world that Achebe creates side by side with the world that Soyinka creates we would be seeing two different worlds.
While the success achieved by Achebe and Soyinka have had positive communal repercussions, their greatest successes have to do with their individual achievements in their individual achievements in their ability to write one culture (Igbo and Yoruba) in the language of another culture (English). This is the nature of the greatest writers through time today.
Africa: A Miner’s Canary into the Twenty-first Century is a product of the author’s numerous travels through the length and breadth of the continent, either alone or in the company of a former African leader- President John Agyekum Kufuor of Ghana.
The insight is simply unique. The author has privileged knowledge of the intricate workings of the inner sanctum of African officialdom. His book is riveting, revealing and captures the true essence of Africa-her hopes, aspirations and frustrations and how African leaders struggle with these challenges.
It is chockfull of nuggets of information that can be profitably mined and a must read for anyone who seeks to change Africa for the better.
In this insightful, thought-provoking, controversial and philosophical book, Femi Taiwo, argues and analyses, in a forthright and uncompromising manner, what he describes as Africa’s hostility towards modernity and how it affects economic development and socio political transformation.
Africa Rise and Shine lays bare the secrets of Zenith Bank’s success from one of Nigeria’s most respected businessmen. Jim’s inspirational tale of success against all odds is an important lesson of how adversity can always be surmounted.
This book is essential read for anyone that wants to do business in Africa.
These wide ranging stories take us from Sophia town in the drum era to the rural Eastern cape to the luxury jozi homes of present day tenderpreneurs. By turns poignant, raunchy, philosophical and funny, they cast a wry and astute eye on universal human questions and conundrums presented by our particular historical moment.
Those who rescue to drink from the well of knowledge will die or thirst in the desert of ignorance. If you tell a fool a proverbs, he will ask you to explain it. It’s not necessary for fingers to look alike, but it is necessary for them to cooperate.
When the people of yackiland run out of knanek weaves, the kingdom is thrown into chaos. Ruled by an evil, straight hair-obsessed queen for so many years, the people of yackiland have forgotten how to grow their own hair. It is up to Afro, the girl with magical hair, to save the kingdom.
Crowther opened numerous missions up the Niger and Benue rivers, from bonny to Lokoja to kippo hill, earning the trust and friendship of the local kings, he translated the bible fully into Yoruba and partially into Igbo and Igalla. Unfortunately, however, the last two years of his long and eventual life were to be marred by controversy and bitterness. Some priests sent down by the CMS from England on a visitation on the Niger Mission returned very negative and destructive reports. As a result, the Bishop already over 80 years old, suffered a stroke from which he never really recovered. He died in the closing hours of December 31,1891. This play is about those last, painful years
“the canons residence was a story building in the parsonage square and it was stolid as the canon himself, riddled with black wooden-framed windows. Bishops court was also a storey-building, but only pupils lived in it so it was not a house. Only the school-room of primary school shared this closeness the woods which was inhabited by spirits and ghommids that made children permanently nervous, and chased them out when they had wandered too deeply in them for firewood, mushrooms and snail
Itan iriri olokiki onkewe nni, Wole Soyinka Nigba ti o want omode ni Agbi ile iwe ati ni igboro Abeokuta ni o wa Bubu iwe yii. Eko pataki ni a ri ko nipa ooo omode lawujo yoruba ati nipa itan Abeokuta nigba ogun agbaya Keji ati nipa Ajah ara awon obinrin Egbo lo so iwe yii di koseemaka fun gbogbo omo Yoruba.
Wole Soyinka’s scathing and unsparing observation of the idiosyncrasies and excesses of contemporary Nigeria society cultural alienation, the corruption of power and opportunistic self-serving preoccupations of our so called leaders
Ifemelu and Obinze are young and in love when they depart military-ruled Nigeria for the West. Beautiful, self-assured Ifemelu heads for America, where despite her academic success, she is forced to grapple with what it means to be black for the first time. Quiet, thoughtful Obinze had hoped to join her, but with post-9/11 America closed to him, he instead plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Fifteen years later, they reunite in a newly democratic Nigeria, and reignite their passion—for each other and for their homeland.
And after many days is a novel of childhood, of the delicate, complex balance of power and love between siblings; the unique ecosystem of a family.it is also a portrait of a society, as the old world gives way to new status quo. A novel of quiet, devastating force, and after many days holds at its Centre a profound story life, loss and becoming