Ajaiyi and His Inherited Poverty
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This is the story of Ajaiyi, a man born into poverty who is determined to improve his situation. In the hope of finding the money he needs, he travels through unfamiliar lands filled with strange creatures. He meets the Spirit of Fire with its huge feathered head and flaming body, and receives assistance from a wizard and a unicorn. Yet, in the end, the answer to his woes is not far from home. Amos Tutuola was born in Abeokuta, Nigeria, in 1920. His first novel, The Palm-Wine Drinkard, was acquired by T. S. Eliot and published by Faber in 1952.
said plainly that she would kill us one by one for her witch members, she stretched right hand up near her head, she took her old hand woven fan from the rack. This fan was woven from the palmyra palm. Then she began to fan herself continuously as she was expecting what we were going to tell her about all she had told us. Having heard from her that she was going to kill us for her witch members and she told us again that once we had entered her house we could not escape otherwise the three
a part of the roof of her house which we had cut. When she got to the market with Ishola, they put both basket and the dead rat on the table. Then Ishola began to shout repeatedly: “Here is the basket for sale! It is a nice basket! Here is the dead rat for sale! A very fat rat!” As Ishola was still shouting like that, the three spirits came again. They then began to price both basket and the dead rat: AJALA (the first spirit): “Yes, how much is your dead rat this morning?” he asked loudly as
reached her country. As these three spirits were still chasing her here and there in the country and when they were about to grip her. She escaped to one blacksmith’s workshop. MOTHER: “Please, blacksmith, hide me! Please hide me! Please hide me as quickly as possible!” she was begging the blacksmith as she held him for protection. BLACKSMITH: “Sorry, there is no a place to hide you here!” he hastily left the big iron which he was forging and looked around but there was nowhere to hide her.
and long hairs started to come out of his body. Within a few seconds he was entirely covered with the hairs and feathers so much that the whole of him was just like a round log of wood except his eyes which were then seeing faintly. As he was still incantating loudly and as soon as he began to shiver, he turned to a lion, from that to a very big crocodile, from that to a fearful bull with two long horns on head, from that to a snail which was as big as a house, from that to an ostrich, from that
there now!” he explained to her as he threw some drink into the mouth. “Hah, you have left the pot of the corals where you have found it! I am sure, you will die in poverty! But of course, I have told you several times that I am going to divorce you soon! Yay! you have found the pot of the corals and you have not carried it to your house to be sold but you have brought one leaf instead! I shall repeat it, you will certainly die in poverty!” she sprang up, she slapped him on the back with both