Gods and heroes is available at Quintessence, Glendora, Mydrim, Jazz Hole & Patabah bookshop in Lagos; and UI Bookshop, Odusote and Booksellers Ltd in Ibadan
Gods and Heroes, a book by by Oladele Olusanya, chronicles the history of the Yoruba people that inhabit South-Western region of Nigeria.
The book looks at the story of the Yoruba people from 1000-year to the 20th century. It is an era in which the ancient Yoruba states, having been defeated in war during the closing years of the 19th century, find themselves under British rule as a colony and protectorate of the British Empire.
The author using interactions of members of his own family — his grandmother and his parents — tells the story with the genre of the historical novel in a refreshing and imaginative fashion to present the whole tableau of Yoruba history and with many notable individuals who would go on to make a great impact on the history of Yorubaland in the first 80 years of the 20th century.
He also discusses the influences of new discoveries in philosophy, religion, art, music, sports and education on the culture of the Yoruba people.
Readers get to learn about various individuals such as Herbert Macaulay, Tai Solarin, Obafemi Awolowo and the musicians, Victor Olaiya, Roy Chicago and Fela, who take the stage and lead their countrymen in an uncertain period when the Yoruba people find themselves in a strange new country with disparate ethnic groups and competing interests.
To fully understand Olusanya’s A New Age, you have to read the first two historical novels in the trilogy, Gods and Heroes and A Time of Troubles.
GODS AND HEROES Book 1: Itan – Legends of the golden age.
GODS AND HEROES is the first volume of the ‘Itan – Legends of the Golden age’ trilogy about the 1000-year story of the Yoruba people. It starts with the establishment 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, as well as the great heroes and heroines of antiquity – Oranmiyan, Sango, Oya, Oba Esigie of Benin and Obanta of Ijebuland.
A TIME OF TROUBLES Book 2: Itan – Legends of the golden age.
A TIME OF TROUBLES descends on Yorubaland. From the curse of Aole, the death of Afonja, the fall of Ilorin and the destruction of the old Oyo Empire, a hundred years of discord unfolds. It is a time of violence, slavery, social upheaval and internecine wars that tears the Yoruba city states apart, as 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 mayhem 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 era culminates in the bloody defeat of the Ijebus at Imagbon and the imposition of the British Protectorate over Yorubaland.