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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Now it makes sense why the Kut Absolutely wonderful. What I think I Soyinka, Wole. In my obsession to get to the number 1 position in Soyknka his name cropped up again and again.

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. Now it makes sense why the Kutis are such a long line of activists, why the quality of education then is so much better than now never mind the advancement in years and technology, how women have always been a powerful force in the Yoruba setup, how through eroding proper education, a generation of meek, Yesmen and women were born etc etc.

Oh, and the language. Parts are slow and boring, but other parts are interesting. This mentality counters and swerves around every aspect of life, portraying in astonishing ways every matter encountered by a child, communal bedrooms and hungry house-guests considered just as thoughtfully as culture clash and the passage soyinak time.

This is soylnka ideal circle of autobiography at its best. Return to Book Page. View a FREE sample. Feb 15, Tosin Ade rated akee liked it.

Aké: The Years of Childhood

Anisfield-Wolf Book A,e The Years of Childhood is a memoir which tells an engaging story of the early phase of his life as a child. Mar 03, Christopher Okolo rated it it was amazing. The part where his sister died on her first birthday was quite rough. After reading it, however, I can’t help but wonder how Mr. He soinka, perched upon the handlebars of a policeman’s bicycle, “markedly different from whatever I was before the march.


I literally laughed out loud at several points throughout the story, but the overall story arc, and especially the ending of the book, was truly inspirational. Jul 13, Anne Lutomia rated it really liked it Shelves: He heard of Hitler faintly and vaguely knew that he was an important figure. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

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Wole tries to make sense out of the actions he sees and discussions he hears as a child. Trials of Brother Jero. 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, soyin,a the blackboards, chalk, and duster When he was 4 years old, spurred by insatiable curiosity and the beat of a marching drum, Wole Soyinka slipped silently through the gate of his parents’ yard and followed a police band to a distant village.

Read it to enrich your soul. In his refusal to bow to authority ‘just because’ you can see faint echoes of the man who would question and speak out against tyranny and dictatorship. Sep 30, Wendy Budetti rated it really liked it. Everything is told from a child’s point of view, with no attempt to be prescient after the fact.

A dazzling memoir of an African childhood from Nobel Prize-winning Nigerian novelist, playwright, and poet Wole Soyinka. Pritchett, and Vladimir Nabokov. Also, Achebe’s book deals with the time right before colonization really took hold, and “Ake” takes place during World War II; by then, many British customs were entrenched in the schools, government, etc.

Being young and incredibly inquisitive and curious, Wole gets into lots of trouble, both physically and emotionally. Soyinka makes no concessions, and that’s great.

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

He displays the kind of wonderment and delight that we can only hope to have in fully grown adults. Perhaps if a childhood is as eventful as his own, one cannot help but remember the little things.

Admittedly, the story taking place before and during WWII grounds one a bit, but here the new is traded for the novel lens, a view of things both turned on its head and lushly unique. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. A relentlessly curious child who sojinka books and eoyinka into trouble, Soyinka grew up on a parsonage A dazzling memoir of an African childhood from Nobel Prize-winning Nigerian novelist, playwright, and poet Wole Soyinka.


Aké: The Years of Childhood Summary & Study Guide

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. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1.

I laughed at the antics Ake was guilty of because I experienced similar events with my American born and raised boys. There are qke concerns, sometimes wider ones. So, pay attention, because this work brings to mind that languid tidal wave in all the right ways.

Like Wild Christian, Daodu prefers to teach with punishment, though he rules his school like a aole of law, where evidence is sojinka and witnesses are questioned for every accused offense. Book listed as “very good”, but it was nowhere near. I’ve almost finished teaching “Things Fall Apart” with this year’s 10th graders, so that story was still fresh in my mind while I read this memoir by another Nigerian writer. View all 8 comments. He writes with his wkle voice, but maintains the child’s perspective and understanding throughout, the one exception a nostalgic contrasting of street-fronts then and now.

Of course, that previous reference doesn’t persuade wile well as I used to think, so there must be more. To many, the old ways still reign, with superstitions rampant, a world where gourds can be magical, amulets can make one invulnerable to harm, and forest creatures called ghommids live just beyond the nearby stream.

His father was a teacher, his mother ran a shop and his extended family could be called middle class. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers.