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By Wole Soyinka

A amazing memoir of an African formative years from Nobel Prize-winning Nigerian novelist, playwright, and poet Wole Soyinka.

Aké: The Years of Childhood offers us the tale of Soyinka's boyhood ahead of and through international warfare II in a Yoruba village in western Nigeria known as Aké. A relentlessly curious baby who enjoyed books and stepping into trouble, Soyinka grew up on a parsonage compound, raised by means of Christian mom and dad and by way of a grandfather who brought him to Yoruba religious traditions. His vibrant evocation of the colorful attractions, sounds, and aromas of the area that formed him is both lyrically beautiful and laced with humor and the sheer pride of a child's-eye view. A vintage of African autobiography, Aké is additionally a transcendantly timeless portrait of the mysteries of childhood.

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