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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The Years of Childhood is author Wole Soyinka’s autobiographical account about events in his childhood between about and in the town of Ake in present-day Nigeria. Like Wild Christian, Daodu prefers to teach with punishment, though he rules his school like a court of law, where evidence is presented and witnesses are questioned for every accused offense.

This study guide contains the following sections: Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. I love this Africa. Jul 13, Aubrey rated it it was amazing Shelves: Loved seeing the narrator’s relationship with his godmother, with the bookseller, and with his mother.

This is the story of Wole’s childhood memories of the town and its people. Follow Us on Facebook. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? A good read to relatively understand the lives of Africans who grew up on the 40s and 60s as well Soyinke shares with the world memories of his childhood in Ake and later going to school.

Deciding to go to school at an unusually earlier age was a feat that watered down the defenses of adults. To My Children’s Children. Playwright, poet, novelist, polemical essayist and now autobiographer, Mr.


If some of us cringed under the weight of any rebukes from adults, the young Wole weathered through with a pristine innocence that was yet stubborn. The Years of Childhood by Wole Soyinka. Wole Soyinka, the first African to ever be awarded the Noble Prize in Literature, grew up in Nigeria in the fifties, when both his native country and much of the rest of Africa was still roiling under imperial European rule. A good read to relatively understand the lives of Africans who grew up on the 40s and 60s as well as why Africa stands where it is now.

Now it makes sense why the Kut Absolutely wonderful. Expectation demanded something special, something revelatory perhaps, from the formative years of a man who grew up to be one of the greatest writers of all time.

Their name, Ransome Kuti, may be familiar. Sohinka last 50 pages are Soyinka’s astonished witnessing of the Nigerian Women’s Movement in which a women’s 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.

If that’s the case, I cannot sole of a more perfect protagonist than little Wole. I will admit that aoe last events view spoiler [of a powerful feminist uprising combined with a well grounded criticism of the acts of white people in WWII hide spoiler ] won my heart in the most biased of ways, but I challenge anyone to not be stirred by those dramatic last pages. Get to Know Us.

Aké: The Years of Childhood

His account of himself as simultaneously an admirably curious boy and an annoyingly arrogant one deserves some credit–it truly feels as if he remembers the details and significance of his own behavior in these distinct and impactful times in his life.

This is super good, Soyinka is a wonderful writer. Oh, and the language. It’s actually an autobiographical account of the author’s childhood. May 06, Bjorn rated it really liked it Shelves: He muses on the bizarre practices of the adult world, such as why are white school children allowed pockets and black children not.


But there is a life, and perhaps that is our clue. There are a fascinating array of characters, though seen through the limited perception of the child: Want to Read saving….

Autobiography is not a genre I’m that keen on, but this is a definite exception. If a child is telling you a story, wouldn’t you say that it’s best they be both precocious and all too young, offering up tales of strange exploits combined with the soyinak precious of thoughts?

His grandfather was a pagan, and there are many references to the more superstitious parts of the traditional religion — Soyinka did not become interested in the religion seriously until somewhat later. As Wole thinks about his new school he adds, “It was time to commence the mental shifts for admittance to yet another irrational world of adults and their discipline.

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Moreover, the contrast in the beliefs of his parents I think paints a better picture of some of the factors which shaped the mind of the young Soyinka.

The Years of Childhood. He also endures a tribal rite of passage, held down while an elder slices his wrists and ankles with intricate symbols. Soyinka’s narration gets right soyinnka his ssoyinka mind, and readers are left to interpret events through those eyes and whatever context we can come up with.