It is Akande’s ninth book and may prove to be the most controversial, being a comprehensive narration of the former governor’s political career.
“This work is a national gift that could not have been more instructively timed,” states Prof. Wole Soyinka, Africa’s first Nobel laureate for literature, in his foreword to the book.
“There are books whose very handling must be done with heavily insulated gloves since, virtually every page sizzles with contradictions between attestable reality and impudent claims, attempts to cover past crimes and dodge responsibilities. Not so, this contribution from the Wise One of Ila-Orangun. If there is any sizzling, it is simply the fire of truth’s passion that leaps at the reader from between the covers. Akande’s fire purifies, being a flame of illumination carried over from real life to brighten the pages of a saga of service to Nigerian humanity.”
The book is the most comprehensive autobiography in recent times of a statesman of Akande’s national stature and public service experience, which spans almost half-a-century.