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By Toyin Omoyeni Falola

"Toyin Falola has given us what's really infrequent in glossy African writing: a heavily humorous, racy, irreverent package deal of thoughts, and whole of the main marvelous items of poetry and traditional details. it's a subject of a few curiosity, that the one different quantity A Mouth Sweeter Than Salt reminds considered one of is Ake, through Wole Soyinka. what's it approximately those Yorubas?"

-Ama Ata Aidoo

"A perfect coming-of-age tale so jam-packed with shiny colour and emotion, the phrases appear to dance off the web page. yet this isn't basically Falola's memoir; it really is an account of a brand new country getting into being and the tensions and negotiations that continuously happen among urban and nation, culture and modernity, women and men, wealthy and terrible. a really appealing book."

-Robin D. G. Kelley

"More than a private memoir, this booklet is a wealthy minihistory of up to date Nigeria recorded in scrumptious aspect by means of a perceptive eyewitness who grew up on the crossroads of many cultures."

-Bernth Lindfors

"The reader is irresistibly drawn into Falola's global. The prose is lucid. there's humor. This paintings is nice. Period."

-Ngugi wa Thiongo'o

A 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 photograph of the Yoruba within the mid-twentieth century. this is often actually a literary memoir, instructed in language wealthy with proverbs, poetry, track, and humor.

Falola's memoir is way greater than the tale of 1 man's early life reports; really, he provides us with the riches of a complete tradition and community-its historical past, traditions, pleasures, mysteries, loved ones preparations, different types of energy, struggles, and transformations.

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