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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But most especial where the weighing realizations on how so many things turned out the way they did in today’s Nigeria. We also see him dealing with the superstitions of his Yoruba tribe and trying to reconcile them with the teachings of the Christian brothers.

This page was last edited on 15 Decemberat The sheer variety of cultural and natural influences is a brilliant manifesto for human crosscultural learning and understanding. Mar 18, Temi Sanusi rated it really liked it Shelves: His story originally focuses around dole household and school, but becomes more emotionally intense soyikna the story of his childhood progresses. It was not “undamaged”.

I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Woe But how about a childhood in Abeokuta, Nigeria in the late s and s? 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. Add both to Cart Add both to List. And then, just as if you were suddenly thrust into a bustling market that you have to find your way out of, you begin to notice a certain order beneath the chaos.

He didn’t win the Nobel Prize for nothing, I can tell you that. A relentlessly curious child who loved books and getting into trouble, Soyinka grew up on a parsonage compound, raised by Christian parents and by a grandfather who introduced him to Yoruba spiritual traditions.

Wild Christian becomes prominent in the Union and begins a series of talks with the Alake of Egbaland, a native administrator. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. Boys will be ame where ever they live.


Soyinka also describes the sadness of life with great beauty. Soyinka does not live through the war on paper soyknka he is eleven, and there are memories from three to two to an unnamed farther back in his yearly life to first off contemplate and contend.

From the very first episodes of the story, we are able to envision him as a vibrant, curious, enthusiastic, and very precocious little boy.

Always stubborn, always questioning, always following his interests both physical and intellectual, viewing the admonishment of various adults as guidelines he is fully free to evaluate and critique in as vocal a manner as is necessary.

This study guide contains the following sections: Dec 22, Rhiannon Johnson rated it really liked it Shelves: The pedagogical value of forbidding shoes in a school remains a mystery, both to the young boy about to change schools yet a “It is time to commence the mental shifts for admittance to yet another irrational world of adults and their discipline. To many, the old ways still reign, with superstitions rampant, a woel where gourds can be magical, amulets can make one invulnerable to harm, and forest creatures called ghommids live just beyond the nearby stream.

This made for an interesting contrast between the two cultures, languages, etc. Feb 10, Thomas rated it liked it. A more accurate description, by Amazon guidelines, would have been “acceptable” or at best, “good”.

Aké: The Years of Childhood Summary & Study Guide

Some words are lost entirely, as in this sentence almost looked the top of lt6ko straight in its soyibka eye. This progression is not only because he is growing older, but wope he has been given a political foundation from which to actively process and engage with his surroundings. I laughed at the antics Ake was guilty of because I experienced similar events with my American born and raised boys.

However, it is a rare glimpse into a time and a place that is unique and is no more. His earliest memory — as far as I could tell from the book — was from when he was two-and-a-half. World War II is going on but it is glimpsed from afar. More pressing to the child is his day-to-day encounters with his parents and his teachers. Strangely, their family too lives its life just like the others, with no apparent inkling of the greatness to come.


Personally, I was intrigued by the story of the bodacious, assertive and tenacious Women’s Movement of Egbaland, a movement led by Mrs. The young narrator was endearing, though, and I especially loved his descriptions of his parents’ interactions–they sound like a pretty amazing family.

Nov 05, Zack rated it really liked it. With World War II as the distant yet pervasive backdrop for this coming of age story, Soyinka introduces a wide cast soyinks characters wols somehow manages to stay straight in your mind and never get old.

May 27, Adrienne Wyker rated it really liked it. The Years of Childhood by Wole Soyinka. Surrounded by such a collage, he notes that soyinkaa had a habit of either not slyinka one’s prayers at all, or answering them in a way that was not straightforward.

Aké: The Years of Childhood Summary & Study Guide

Chapters 4 and 5. Showing of 30 reviews. I enjoyed the book a lot more after our in-class discussion of it, and I would revisit it again someday.

Wole navigates this world with a mixture of child-like ignorance he once marches with a band to a distant town, getting completely lostmischief he cannot resist a taste of powdered milk, even at the promise of mother’s lashingsand maturity, crying when his baby sister dies on her birthday. In this book he tells the story of his childhood.

In Ake he has produced an account of his childhood as a Yoruba in western Nigeria that is destined to become a classic of African autobiography, indeed a classic of childhood memoirs wherever and whenever produced This is super good, Soyinka is a wonderful writer.

I looked at him in some astonishment. Chapters 12 and She and Eniola are truly an inspiration. The Years of Childhood Cover of first edition. View the Lesson Plans. Yes, I mean you. Books by Wole Soyinka.