Sequel to Tunde Leye’s ‘Afonja The Rise’ for release in March
Tunde Leye has announced the release of Afonja The Fall after his critically acclaimed novel Afonja The Rise, which is the first instalment in his historical fiction series based on the Oyo Empire.
Leye in a social media post where he unveiled the book’s cover design announced that Afonja The Fall is due to be released in March 2022.
The new book will continue the story of the mighty warrior, Afonja, through the various political events of the 17th century Oyo Empire and what led to the decline of the empire’s military outpost, Ilorin.
Leye said Afonja The Fall traces the legendary warlord’s journey as he pursues his desire to claim his promised Kakanfo title and how his megalomania makes him metamorphose into a man who considers himself infallible; a factor that led to his eventual demise.
In Afonja The Fall, Leye brings the history of the greatest Yoruba kingdom to life, employing vivid storytelling to highlight the political intrigues and schemes that played out in the twilight of the Oyo Empire. The titular character’s journey blends with other notable players working to achieve their own commercial or political interests in the novel.
Leye presents the characters in Afonja The Fall as ordinary people with hopes, dreams, and ambitions; beyond their more significant roles, giving readers a better understanding of these figures from Yoruba History.
“Afonja’s story is important because it personifies the story of the Yoruba people – how the identity became what it is today and lays the foundation for understanding why the Yoruba people and culture is so widespread across the world,” Leye said.
He also believes the next generation must understand these stories, which is why Afonja The Fall will be accompanied by Aganju, an illustrated children’s adventure storybook that brings many of the creatures of Yoruba folklore and myth to life.