The eldest son of a primary-school headmaster and a devout Christian mother, Wole Soyinka lived a comfortable life in the Aké parsonage in Abeokuta. Ake: The Years of Childhood is author Wole Soyinka’s autobiographical account about events in his childhood between about and in the town of Ake. Wole Soyinka was a bright, curious child and his account of his early childhood in the town of Abeokuta in Western Nigeria is enchanting.

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He muses on the bizarre practices of the adult world, such as why are white school children allowed pockets and black children not.

This works most of the time but sometimes left me confused, especially when Soyinka neglected to translate a few local words or fill in some blanks for foreign readers.

He was the first African to receive such an honour.

Aké: The Years of Childhood

This progression is not only because he is growing older, but because he has been given a political foundation from which to actively process and engage with his surroundings. He didn’t win the Nobel Prize for nothing, I can tell you that.

Jan 05, Raisa rated it really liked it Shelves: Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. Follow Us on Facebook. Published October 23rd by Vintage first published This mentality counters and swerves around every aspect of life, portraying in astonishing ways every matter encountered by a child, communal bedrooms and hungry souinka considered just as thoughtfully as culture clash and the passage of time.

Aké: The Years of Childhood (Wole Soyinka) – book review

Playwright, poet, novelist, polemical essayist and now autobiographer, Mr. In this case, though, it doesn’t disappoint at all. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.


Born into a teaching family, Wole Soyinka lovingly recalls a headmaster father he calls Essay slyinka a severe mother nicknamed Wild Christian, who certainly is the ruler of the household. His relentless inquiry at such a young age causes concern fo Wole Soyinka gets rave reviews as a writer. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion.

The last 50 pages are Soyinka’s astonished witnessing of the Nigerian Women’s Movement in which a soinka group, originally formed by a few wealthy, educated women who wanted to school young wives in etiquette and cooking, turned into a powerhouse movement when their pupils were prevented from coming to class which by then extended to literacy by British tax agents.

It’s because I believe that the human experience has both particular and universal elements and Soyinka is at his best in describing his childhood days in such a way that both are clearly present.

Aké: The Years of Childhood Summary & Study Guide

Akr of women from the whole area shut down the government and demand an end to taxes on women, most of whom were barely feeding their families and could not pay. In this book he tells the story of his childhood. Despite his toddler-aged stumbles he gets knocked out playing see-saw, and nearly loses an eye to a grass-cutting scytheWole develops into a keenly curious and intelligent boy.

Surrounded by such a collage, he notes that “God had a habit of either not answering one’s prayers at all, or answering them in a way that was not straightforward. I’m glad the author took the time and the trouble to share it with the world.

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It locates the lost child in all of us, underneath language, inside sound and smell, wide-eyed, brave and flummoxed. I don’t generally like stories told from the perspective of young children, but this book was incredible; since it’s nonfiction it’s not required to be tragic, but it’s not all nostalgia either; it is just fun to read, Soyinka comes across a bright, somewhat mischievous child; his parents, “Essay” and “Wild Christian” — apparently its a cultural norm to refer to close relatives by nicknames — are very interest The autobiography of the Nobel prize winner from about three or four to eleven.


Finally he narrates his time helping the town’s women in their political activities, playing the part of teacher for some illiterate girls and experiencing the riots and unrest in the town when the women march on the “king” and government demanding an end to unfair taxation of women.

The coloured maps, pictures and other hangings on the walls, the coloured counters, markers, slates, inkwells in neat round holes, crayons and drawing-books, a shelf laden with modelled objects – animals, human beings, implements – raffia and basket-work in various stages of completion, even the blackboards, chalk, and duster Being young and incredibly inquisitive and curious, Wole gets into lots of trouble, both physically and emotionally.

Wild Christian becomes prominent in the Union and begins a series of talks with the Alake of Egbaland, a native administrator. All three combine to make Ake very difficult to read casually and, at times, gorgeously magical – not at all magic realism, more childhood realism, vague, hazy, new, a slowly revealing picture of the world. He displays the kind of wonderment and delight that we can only hope to have in fully grown adults.

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