Afonja: The Fall



When Alaafin Abiodun Adegolu died, the Oyo Empire was in a slow decline. The provincial chiefs who helped him defeat the tyrannical Bashorun Gaa had grown in power and the Oyo chiefs were more politicians than warriors. So, when the Oyo Mesi selected a provincial prince, Aole Arogangan to ascend the throne of his fathers, they believed they had an Alaafin they could control.
But Aole had different ideas and he sought to restore the glory of the empire and the supremacy of the Alaafin as its emperor. In this, however, his ambitions clashed with those of Afonja, the powerful provincial chief of war camp, Ilorin. Afonja had been promised the office of Aare Ona Kakanfo of all
the Oyo forces by the Oyo chiefs in order to secure his support for Aole’s ascension. He would stop at nothing to take what he believed was his by right.
Afonja – The Rise is the story of how the clashes of these two men and the intrigue of the others around them transformed what was a slow decline into a race of the empire towards its collapse. In Afonja – The Rise, we tell their stories first as what they were – men and women living their lives, warring, scheming and loving in ways that will be familiar to the reader – beyond their roles as actors in the epic history of the great Oyo Empire.

ISBN: 978-978-991-392-3

About Author

Tunde Leye is the (non-award winning 😊) author of two novels, Golden Sands and Guardians of the Seal. He has also published an illustrated children’s book, The Rat Race.

He blogged at for 3 years during which he wrote seven series including the wildly popular Finding Hubby and two novellas; Yobachi, based on the early life of Nigerian novelist, Buchi Emecheta and The Ahosi, based on the lives of Dahomey Ahosi.

He is a strong believer in the need to tell the history of his people in stories that will resonate and be remembered. He lives and writes in Lagos, Nigeria.


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