Oladele Olusanya, writer, physician and artist, was born in Ibadan, Nigeria. He was educated at Government College Ibadan and the University of... more
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A TIME OF TROUBLES descends on Yorubaland. Set in motion by the collapse of the Oyo Empire, a hundred years of discord unfolds. It is a time of mayhem, social upheaval, and slave raids as the Yoruba city-states are torn apart by fratricidal war. Warlords such as Oluyole, Ogunmola, Kurunmi, and Ogedengbe, with their “‘war -boys,”’ achieve power and infamy in their various theaters of war from Owu and Ijaiye to Kiriji. Caught up in the chaos are the author’s forebears, the Warrior from Ife, his son Solesi, the war -boy who came back home from capture and exile, and Baba Mamu who, tiring of war, takes solace in his cocoa farm. The story culminates in the bloody defeat of the Ijebus at Imagbon and the imposition of British rule over Yorubaland.
'Gods and heroes,' Book 1 of the 'Itan - legends of the golden age' trilogy tells the 1000-year story of the Yoruba people using a blend of traditional myths, well researched history and imagination. It starts with the establishment of the town of Ile-Ife by Oduduwa and the great sacrifice of the heroine Moremi. The ancient gods of Yorubaland, Obatala, Orunmila, Ogun and Olokun all play their part in this magnificent story, as well as the great heroes and heroines of antiquity - Oranmiyan, Sango, Oya, Osun, Oba Esigie of the Benin Empire and Obanta of Ijebuland. The author tells this ancient story in a refreshing and captivating manner, giving us the whole tableau of Yoruba history, myths and legends as a vast and rich panorama seen through the eyes of a single Yoruba family and the Old Woman, the fabled storyteller.