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A Mouth Sweeter Than Salt: An African Memoir By Toyin Omoyeni Falola
"Toyin Falola has given us what is truly rare in modern African writing: a seriously funny, racy, irreverent package of memories, and full of the most wonderful pieces of poetry and ordinary information. It is a matter of some interest, that the only other volume A Mouth Sweeter Than Salt reminds one of is Ake, by Wole Soyinka. What is it about these Yorubas?"
-Ama Ata Aidoo

"A splendid coming-of-age story so full of vivid color and emotion, the words seem to dance off the page. But this is not only Falola's memoir; it is an account of a new nation coming into being and the tensions and negotiations that invariably occur between city and country, tradition and modernity, men and women, rich and poor. A truly beautiful book."
-Robin D. G. Kelley

"More than a personal memoir, this book is a rich minihistory of contemporary Nigeria recorded in delicious detail by a perceptive eyewitness who grew up at the crossroads of many cultures."
-Bernth Lindfors

"The reader is irresistibly drawn into Falola's world. The prose is lucid. There is humor. This work is sweet. Period."
-Ngugi wa Thiongo'o


A Mouth Sweeter Than Salt gathers the stories and reflections of the early years of Toyin Falola, the grand historian of Africa and one 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 developments 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.

Falola's memoir is far more than the story of one man's childhood experiences; rather, he presents us with the riches of an entire culture and community-its history, traditions, pleasures, mysteries, household arrangements, forms of power, struggles, and transformations.
₦4,000
Culture and Customs of the Yorùbá By Tóyìn Fálọlá
This innovative anthology presents an interdisciplinary approach to Yorùbá culture and customs. Written by Yorùbá experts on all continents, the seventy-five chapters in the volume employ a variety of multi-faceted perspectives to provide a detailed study of the Yorùbá people with insights from anthropology, arts, language and linguistics, literature, history, religion, sociology, philosophy, psychology, criminology, law, technology, medicine, pharmacy, engineering, economics, education, political science, music, theater, popular culture, cultural studies, migration and diaspora studies, gender, etc. Each chapter addresses the changes that have taken place in traditional culture. This blend between traditional culture and modifications to such culture gives a balanced and authentic picture of what can be regarded as culture and customs in present-day Yorùbá society.
₦10,000
IBADAN: Foundation Growth and Change (1830-1960) By Toyin Falola
This is an unprecedented reference guide to the development of Ibadan from the last years of true African autonomy in the early nineteenth century through the onslaught of British colonialism, all the way up until Nigeria's independence.
₦7,000
Decolonizing Nigeria, 1945–1960: Politics, Power, and Personalities By Toyin Falola
Bearing both the professional and general readers in mind, Decolonizing Nigeria: Politics, Power, and Personalities is an innovative approach at crafting a popular history of a great moment in Nigeria's history. The book is neatly organized into three parts. Part One focuses on the late colonial era's driving forces to bring about self-determination for Nigeria. Part Two deals with the establishment of developmen¬tal institutions for self-government. Part Three is organized under the central theme of "Regionalism and Change," highlighting the personalities of Nigeria's most powerful nationalists: Bello, Azikiwe, and Awolowo in relation to how their careers accentuated the structures of regional differences. The final concluding chapter explains the post-independence tasking steps to deal with the "unfinished businesses" of decolonization. Aimed at a wider audience with a blend of grassroots and elitist positions, Decolonizing Nigeria is a monumental work, and a seminal contribution to understanding both the political economies and the geopolitics of the post-colonial multi-ethnic nation states in contemporary global village.
₦6,000
Encyclopedia of the Yoruba By TOYIN FALOLA
The Yoruba people today number more than 30 million strong, with significant numbers in the United States, Nigeria, Europe, and Brazil. This landmark reference work emphasizes Yoruba history, geography and demography, language and linguistics, literature, philosophy, religion, and art. The 285 entries include biographies of prominent Yoruba figures, artists, and authors; the histories of political institutions; and the impact of technology and media, urban living, and contemporary culture on Yoruba people worldwide. Written by Yoruba experts on all continents, this encyclopedia provides comprehensive background to the global Yoruba and their distinctive and vibrant history and culture.
₦8,000
Nigerian Political Modernity and Postcolonial Predicaments By Toyin Falola
Grounded in the ideas of modernity and progress, this book dwells on the difficulties and challenges of transforming Nigeria. It offers an extensive conversation on political modernity, including a foundation laid as far back as the nineteenth century; the implementation of a number of policies and practices in the first half of the twentieth century; and the trajectories of change after the country's independence. Arguing that the burdens of the past cannot be divorced from the challenges of the present, Toyin Falola also links the troubled present to an unpredictable future.
₦6,000
The Collected Works of J. A. Atanda By Toyin Falola
This collection of the essays and books of the late Professor J. A. Atanda covers the broad spectrum of his work on the Yoruba, the Old and New Oyo Empire, colonial Nigeria and Buganda, and reflective essays on a newly independent Nigeria. Divided into five parts according to each of these themes, The Collected Works of J. A. Atanda is unique for encompassing the scope, breadth and depth Of the scholarship of Professor Atanda over the course of some thirty years. The collection definitively represents the contributions of Professor Atanda to African scholarship in general and fortifies our memory of the meaning of that scholarship.
₦8,000
The Humanities in Africa: Knowledge Production, Universities, and the Transformation of Society By Toyin Falola
The Humanities in Africa addresses issues relevant to the humanities in the African academy, including its methodologies and epistemologies. The nine essays in the volume offer reflections on the role of the various disciplines, the activities of scholars, and the mission of the universities. One of the fundamental arguments in the book is that the diversity of our experience must be manifested in the diversity of our conversation. It addresses the challenges facing the humanities and suggests changes with far-reaching outcomes.
₦5,000
The Transformation of Central Nigeria: Essays in Honor of Toyin Falola By Sati U. Fwatshak
Using the scholarship of Toyin Falola as the entry point, The Transformation of Central Nigeria covers significant historical moments in the history of Central Nigeria, a region variously described as the North Central geopolitical zone in Nigeria's official circles and as the Middle-Belt by its indigenous populations. Centrally located in Nigeria and endowed with vast mineral and agricultural resources, Central Nigeria is a mini-Nigeria, for its ethnic diversity, complicated politics and conflicts. The main achievement of this volume is the analysis of the changes since the colonial period to the present.
₦5,000
Counting the Tiger's Teeth: An African Teenager's Story By Toyin Falola
Counting the Tiger’s Teeth narrates a crucial turning point in Nigerian history, the Agbekoya rebellion (“Peasants Reject Poverty”) of 1968–70, as chronicled by Toyin Falola, reflecting on his firsthand experiences as a teenage witness to history.  Falola, the foremost scholar of Africa of this generation, illuminates the complex factors that led to this armed conflict and details the unfolding of major events and maneuvers. The narrative provides unprecedented, even poetic, access to the social fabric and dynamic cosmology of the farming communities in rebellion as they confronted the modernizing state. The postcolonial government exercised new modes of power that corrupted or neglected traditional forms of authority, ignoring urgent pleas for justice and fairness by the citizenry. What emerges, as the rural communities organized for and executed the war, is a profound story of traditional culture’s ingenuity and strength in this epic struggle over the future direction of a nation. Falola reveals the rebellion’s ambivalent legacy, the uncertainties of which inform even the present historical moment. Like Falola’s prizewinning previous memoir, A Mouth Sweeter Than Salt, this engagingly written book performs the essential service of providing a way of walking with ancestors, remembering the dead, reminding the living, and converting orality into a permanent text.
₦3,500
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