Start by marking “Lonely Days” as Want to Read: Bayo Adebowale lent a voice to African widows in his book Lonely Days. Set in the rustic rural village of Kufi in South-western Nigeria, the novel tells the story of Yaremi, a woman thrown into widowhood by the death of her husband. Title, Lonely Days. Author, 'Bayo Adebowale. Edition, reprint. Publisher, Spectrum Books Limited, Original from, the University of Michigan. Digitized, May. following activities to get students excited about reading the book: A. Predicting: Considering the Title of the Book. The title of the book is Lonely Days.

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(From Lonely Days by Bayo Adebowale). This was the manner in which Bayo Adebowale lent a voice to African widows in his book Lonely. Get this from a library! Lonely Days: Bayo Adebowale. [Spectrum books]. This is exactly what Bayo Adebowale has succinctly brought forth in his book lonely days, he has taken the audacious move to let us realize.

Ajumobi did not due an abominable death. He did not drink poison out of frustration with life, and he did not fall from the slippery chips of the palm tree on a rainy day. He was not struck by lightning, not by bitten by a cobra and not crushed to death between the falling walls of the village mud buildings. Ajumobi did not hang himself with a rope on the kolanut like the aku firewood cutter whose dead body the people had cut down and had buried at the iloro with indecent haste, inside a shallow, nameless grave filled with loose soil and porous sand.

No suicide for Ajumobi. He live like a man, and died like a man. Yeremi was thankful. But the tears now rolled in torrent down her face, streaming into the corner of her mouth and tasting like salt.

The temporariness of man's passage on earth was a certainty! Yeremi, at once, surrendered herself to the design of destiny and to the agony of, what seemed to her, an irreplaceable loss. She was the last woman being Ajumobi saw when his eyes were finally closing up in death. What a great honour! Her husband gave her that last- minute parting stare-quick, penetrating, and meaningful There there was an expression of hot and disappointment in Ajumobi's dying black eyes Yeremi got the massage and with all her heart she tried to communicate to Ajumobi, not only Sorrow and solidarity, but also deep apology For all the wrong she probably had committed.

Something told her husband deeply, reproachful glare. She was just ready now to beg, ready to atone, an ready to apologise! The painful finality of ajumobi's last minute on earth rang in Yeremi 's head, splitting her brain with remembered image.

She stumble as she stepped out into the sun to pick up her head-tie which had fallen on the ground during the course of prolonged wailing. She was scanned by mourners in all direction. All eyes followed every footstep she took with hostile closeness. And all ears listened, ready to catch her every word in a set-trap. These, obviously were not people merely sitting in silent sympathy in presence of death, but people who were fully bent on humiliating her and destroying her reputation.

These were lonely days indeed. Yeremi felt thoroughly abandoned, like a stone at the bottom of lake.

Silent sank like sad music in her heart, and descended on her soul in pitiable layers. One by one, the mourners had left, leaving her to sulk the anguish of a private Sorrow, secretly. Then followed, after a few days, the extended family's mockery heaped on her like the strange showers of a January rain And now, loneliness Yeremi days dragged lazily on, in a haze of solitude and lonesomeness.

She had never learnt to be able to be alone in all her life! But loneliness had now pitched a tent, and had become, to her, a deep black colour like the night: Yaremi's only son,be alami, was an expert furniture carpenter who now live in ibadan - far away from his mother.

In town, Alani had become more than just a carpenter. He had become , as a result of his long stay. And now, he hardly remembered the little village of his birth. Kufi, to him, was becoming a lonely settlement at the very end of the earth; a small un-mapped hamlet inhabited by a handful of people, where time was measured by the length of shadows, the movement of the sun, the direction of the wind, and the throaty call of the cock with the big red comb; a village where silence reigned, broken only by the hooting of the owl, the coo-coo of the dove, and the yapping of wild dogs.

Now alone in the world, Yeremi was left to prepare heaps and raise crops, all by herself-labouring hour after hour, under the sweltering heart. She had. It was her habit to trek to distant farms, her husband's farms, to uproot cassava tubers to feed he goats with.

She would linger all day, alone in the sun, to dry maize grains for an evening meal of delicious porridge and melon stew. But Yeremi 's main job was dyeing taffeta cloths in indigo solution at her yard to secure ready cash.

These taffeta products she would carry inside a large wooden tray to the market at sagbe, three miles away for sale to willing customers. The next market day is only two days away. Take a broom and sweep this dirty floor. Spread the mat. Bring out our two mallets.

Lonely Days : Bayo Adebowale

Let's begin to beat the cloths into pleats. Very fine pleats, you know, so that customer at sagbe market will have nowhere else to go, than our stall, to get the best taffeta. After a long spell heavy pounding, Yeremi. But, see how weary you have become now - you indolent creature! When will you learn not to be lazy? They waste time playing with the cattle egret roosting on the silk cotton tree at the approach of rain, and the giant crab digging its abode on the bed of the murky village stream.

Lazy boy's are many in this village - and you are one of them. You are their leader. See now, Woye, you swing your mallet over the taffeta as if There is no more strength left in you, and your tongue crawls mouth! Wam, wam, the cane will circle and its marks will show around the narrow band of your neck, and on the naked column of your back skin.

I will crack the whip will descended on drip in slow motion round your tiny body. I will make you howl like a dog kicked in the stomach, for stealing the only bone inside the soup pot. Don't beat me,"woye always pleaded. I am not going to be lazy anymore. I swear, mama, I'll beat ten taffeta pleats and, day after, ten pleats, to please you. Next week mama, I'll beat forty, all in one day. Not tomorrow, and not next week. Never leave till tomorrow what could be done today. Today is sure, Woye.

Yaremi discussed her fears of remarriage with Segi when she visited Kufi.


He hardly came to the village having taken to city life. Dedewe, Fayoyin and Radeke These are three other widows in Kufi. Their experiences reflect the injustice and ill-treatment meted out to widows by members of the society. She turned down their marriage proposals when each of them approached her privately.

Lonely Days : Bayo Adebowale

She further rejected them all in public during the cap picking ceremony. Narrative Technique: The author uses mainly the third person narrative.

However, on few occasions the author let Yaremi tell her own story. The mourners falsely suspected her of having killed her husband. She became very lonely with no husband or children to keep her company. Woye, her grandson became her only company. She told him stories of her childhood and taught him number games while making taffeta.

Yaremi is portrayed as a very strong, beautiful and agile woman in spite of her age. Chapter 3 This chapter describes the narrow road leading to the village river.

This road served as a meeting point for widows in Kufi. The chapter also features stories of humiliation, torture and ill-treatment of other widows in Kufi namely Dedewe, Fayoyin and Radeke. Chapter 4 Yaremi showed her versatility by combining different tasks.

She made stitches, discarded husks of palm kernel and blew chaff off the melon seeds. She spent her leisure time exchanging pleasantries with neighbours and telling Woye stories from her childhood days.

The importance of time management was emphasised in this chapter. Chapter 5 Woye is portrayed as a very playful child. Yaremi taught Woye how to make scarecrow to ward off hawks. Chapter 5 describes events leading to the death of Ajumobi.

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Chapter 6 Yaremi is portrayed as an independent woman who was no longer under the control of a man. This chapter introduces the readers to the character of Ajumobi.

Ajumobi is described as a brave and powerful hunter. He was also very ambitious. Yaremi recalled the moments they spent together and showed how much she adored him. Ajumobi expressed his desire for a polygamous marriage. Chapter 7 The author describes moonlight night in Kufi. Yaremi recalled her relationship with Ajumobi in his lifetime.

She recalled how she insulted him on some occasions and how Ajumobi beat her. After his death, Ajumobi appeared on different occasions. Yaremi attempted to ask Ajumobi several rhetorical questions.

Chapter 8 This chapter describes how Yaremi sold her taffeta in different markets and how she dealt with her debtors. She gave him special attention and made several promises. These were aimed at making him recover quickly.

Woye recovered from his illness. Chapter 9 This chapter describes Kufi women. They were hardworking and showed so much devotion to their husbands and children. It also describes how women coped in polygamous homes. Yaremi displayed her generousity by sharing her food with others. Yaremi became influential and assertive. Most men in Kufi resented her for these attributes. Ayanwale, Olonade and Lanwa proposed marriage to Yaremi.

Chapter 10 She chided her suitors and turned down their marriage proposals. Ajumobi appeared to Yaremi in her dreams assuring her of his presence and support.

Her extended family planned to organise a cap picking ceremony to facilitate her remarriage and a purification ritual to make her forget the past. Chapter 11 Dedeke, Fayoyin and Radeke tried to talk Yaremi into remarriage. This chapter features the cap picking ceremony. Yaremi refused to pick a cap at the cap picking ceremony. The villagers were angry.

Chapter 12 Yaremi suffered great resentment from the villagers as a result of her decision to remain unmarried. She recalled her happy days with Ajumobi especially how he showered her with love, care and affection. Chapter 13 Segi visited Adeyipo village. Yaremi confided in Segi and expressed her fears.

Woye looked forward to starting school in Olode. Woye returned to Olode with Segi, his mother. Yaremi resolved to remain in Kufi in spite of all odds. Metaphor This is a figure of speech that equates two things that are not the same. In Lonely Days, the number game, for instance, has a lot of metaphors in it. See also paragraphs 4, 6, 7, and 8. You may also see paragraphs 1 to 6 of page The slippery and narrow river road in Chapter 3 is equally metaphoric.

Personification This is a figure of speech in which human attributes are given to inanimate objects. Hyperbole: An exaggerated statement not meant to be taken literally.

Rhetorical Questions: These are questions that do not require answers. Segi also asked rhetorical questions on pages and where she raised questions on remarriage. In Lonely Days, the author explains the character of Ajumobi, the marital life of Ajumobi and Yaremi, and events leading up to the death of Ajumobi through Exposition. Falling Action The falling action in a work of literature is the sequence of events that follow the climax and end in the resolution.

In Lonely Days the falling action occurs after Yaremi refused to pick a cap at the cap-picking ceremony: She suffered great resentment from the villagers because of her decision not to remarry.

Rising Action Rising action is what happens in a story leading up to the most exciting part of the story.Welcome back. Like most men in Kufi, he liked drinking palmwine in the company of friends. Maikel rated it it was amazing Mar 29, She had. Widow humiliation, accusations and incarceration over death of there husband.

Yaremi refused to pick a cap at the cap picking ceremony. Yaremi became influential and assertive. Fhisco May 12, at 8: