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The Obasinjom Warrior

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Author: Doh, Emmanuel Fru
Publisher: Langaa RPCIG
ISBN: 9956792012
Size: 62.20 MB
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Category : Literary Collections
Languages : en
Pages : 230
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On March 8, 2007, one of Cameroon's foremost scholars died in a ghastly traffic accident barely hours after launching his most forthright and acerbic collection of poems: Disgrace: Autobiographical Narcissus. Dr. Bate Besong was a social activist, a critic, troubadour, and playwright; an avant-garde, steeped in the tradition of the absurd, who fought against the corrupt system of governance that transmuted Cameroonians into a comatose and apathetic citizenry neutered by fear engendered by the workings of an existing Gestapo. For the first time, Emmanuel Fru Doh has gone beyond an analysis of Besong's plays into giving an in-depth appraisal of his poems which have, for a long time, held back critics because of their opacity. Doh examines each of Besong's plays and collections of poems in separate sections and succeeds in setting Besong's work in perspective-mindful of their concerns and the nation's history-as informed by a succinct political vision and an already established technique modified only by genre. The Obasinjom Warrior, which amounts to a brief look at the scholar's life and a detailed study of his works, is a befitting tribute to a true patriot and scholar who died fighting the forces of evil, in positions of power, which have transformed his native Cameroon into a province of hell. This is a careful, detailed, and authoritative study of one of the most significant literary figures ever to emerge from Cameroon.

Their Champagne Party Will End Poems In Honor Of Bate Besong

Their Champagne Party Will End  Poems in Honor of Bate Besong PDF
Author: Bate Besong
Publisher: African Books Collective
ISBN: 9956558192
Size: 43.44 MB
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
Category : Poetry
Languages : en
Pages : 63
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Bate Besong was Cameroon?s most vocal and controversial poet, playwright and scholar, who died in March 2007. The poems in this collection are a tribute to the man and his work, and provide a snapshot of the mood that prevailed after his death. Bate Besong ushered in a new kind of nationalist ?fighting? literature in Cameroon, unapologetic in its defense of Cameroon?s Anglophone minority and scathing in its denunciation of postcolonial African dictators and their foreign collaborators. These poems defy Bate Besong?s death by affirming that his impact as a writer lives on. 34 poems are included from 30 poets. ?Moving and tellingly generous, these tributes attest to the value of Bate Besong as humanist, artist, and patriot; the ?Inextinguishable Flame? of his inspiration; the triumph of his life over the pain of his departure. Here is a resonant celebration not only of the brief but boisterously bright fire of one of our bravest writers, but also of the unbreakable chord of our common humanity. The refrains in these elegies are anthems of hope. The ink in their lines will for ever stay aglow.? Niyi Osundare, Nigerian writer & former teacher of Bate Besong ?These poems put into perspective the essence of that Anglophone Cameroon literary icon, the fearless ?Obasinjom Warrior? with the bemused smile, who once upon a time, was called Bate Besong.? Ba?bila Mutia, Professor of Literature, ENS, University of Yaounde 1, Cameroon. Author of Coils of Mortal Flesh.

Anglophone Cameroon Literature

Anglophone Cameroon Literature PDF
Author: Emmanuel Fru Doh
Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 0739192736
Size: 28.18 MB
Format: PDF, Docs
Category : Literary Criticism
Languages : en
Pages : 254
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Against a disturbing political backdrop and through an in-depth appraisal of selected illustrative texts from major genres—poetry, prose, and drama—Emmanuel Fru Doh presents the origins and growth of a young but potent literature.

Collected Plays Volume 1

Collected Plays  Volume 1 PDF
Author: Bate Besong
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781733752664
Size: 72.67 MB
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
Category :
Languages : en
Pages :
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Bate Besong's early plays are post-modernist explorations steeped in aesthetic, historical and contemporary ideological experiences. The Most Cruel Death of the Talkative Zombie depicts brutality, bestiality and terror as inextricable from historical allegory. Beasts of No Nation, his most controversial play, dramatizes a failed attempt at revolution, and Requiem for the Last Kaiser celebrates the power of collective action in redefining people's existence.

Collected Plays Volume 2

Collected Plays  Volume 2 PDF
Author: Bate Besong
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781733752671
Size: 47.11 MB
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Languages : en
Pages :
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Bate Besong has long been considered one of Cameroon's most talented and misunderstood playwrights. His work questions collective identities, unearthing suppressed narratives and re-examining the past and present. Once Upon Great Lepers explores various divergences through grotesque images, songs and metaphors. In The Banquet, the ideologies of both historical and contemporary figures are a springboard for an examination of the past and present. Change Waka & His Man Sawa Boy is an ironic celebration of evil in human nature and a most impactful critique of contemporary society, grounded in irrational darkness.

Nomenclatural Poetization And Globalization

Nomenclatural Poetization and Globalization PDF
Author: Ankumah, Adaku T.
Publisher: Langaa RPCIG
ISBN: 9956792993
Size: 77.85 MB
Format: PDF
Category : Literary Criticism
Languages : en
Pages : 260
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This prolific collection of essays, with contributions from scholars from across several disciplines, on the practice and implications of naming - Nomenclatural Poetization and Globalization - explores diverse concerns in onomastics, such as cultural and ethnic implications as well as individual identity formation processes in the age of Globalization and extends these to a variety of contemporary theories of appreciation and internationalization.

Wading The Tide

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Author: Emmanuel Fru Doh
Publisher: African Books Collective
ISBN: 995655877X
Size: 51.15 MB
Format: PDF, ePub
Category : History
Languages : en
Pages : 47
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Wading the Tide is an expression of profound emotions touching on a wide range of issues-personal and political-from the birth of the Cameroon nation, her political meandering, until the state of emergency declared on the North West Province in 1992. Accordingly, Doh complains, ridicules, and pays tribute, even as he instructs and guides on timeless matters of life, all in an effort to draw attention to his country's gradual, downward spiral into anomy.

Shadows

Shadows PDF
Author: Emmanuel Fru Doh
Publisher: African Books Collective
ISBN: 9956579874
Size: 51.63 MB
Format: PDF, Kindle
Category : Poetry
Languages : en
Pages : 83
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Shadows, as the title insinuates, splits open and lays bare the frightening vision of humanity, the heart of man depressed, a veritable inferno in which there is little to be enjoyed and everything to be endured, as all is vanity, a gnawing emptiness. Nothing is but what it seems. Simple but without being simplistic, there is in the damp climate of Doh's poetry broken promises, displaced emotional centres, a pervading sense of doom, of impending disaster, and a total helplessness reminiscent of Plato's proverbial mythical cave in which all reality is but shadow, devoid of substance, with the observer chained to the walls of his feelings, beliefs, and unfulfilled ambitions. The second section, 'Celebration', is, however, a source of warmth, of light, the sun's rays in an otherwise damp and and dark collection.

Historical Dictionary Of The Republic Of Cameroon

Historical Dictionary of the Republic of Cameroon PDF
Author: Mark Dike DeLancey
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1538119684
Size: 32.98 MB
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
Category : History
Languages : en
Pages : 830
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This fifth edition of Historical Dictionary of the Republic of Cameroon contains a chronology, an introduction, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 300 cross-referenced entries on important personalities, politics, economy, foreign relations, religion, and culture.

The Repressed Expressed

The Repressed Expressed PDF
Author: Ndi, Bill F.
Publisher: Langaa RPCIG
ISBN: 9956764620
Size: 56.57 MB
Format: PDF
Category : Literary Criticism
Languages : en
Pages : 264
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Through multiple points of resistance, The Repressed Expressed underscores how hard it is to build a community in any nation with no beneficial qualities of hope and transparency. This informative collection of essays highlights that wherever stability and order are lacking, the universal appeal is to express that which is suppressed. Also, like a map or guidebook, The Repressed Expressed indicates how people in such geographical prisons strive to transform their agitation into spiritual and political pathways, free of pain and hurt from, and anger towards a dirty and corrupted world. It thus, underpins discord and brings to the fore the authority’s penchant for heaping abuse upon those caused to live in fear. In short, The Repressed Expressedis an impressive compilation of literary evidence informing scholarship on opinions and beliefs relating to repression, its expression, and the immeasurable associated cost.

Shadows From The Abyss

Shadows From The Abyss PDF
Author: Frida Menkan Mbunda
Publisher: African Books Collective
ISBN: 9956558788
Size: 75.24 MB
Format: PDF, Kindle
Category : Poetry
Languages : en
Pages : 38
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This is the first volume of a patriotic poet whose heart is on fire. The poems touch on a variety of issues, some personal and private, other public - past and current. They range from family, love and longing; friendship and marriage, to culture, politics, corruption and death. They are cadenced and vibrant with different emotions: nostalgia, regret and outrage; loss, pain and pathos tinged with a touch of wistfulness and irony. In style and themes, they reveal a keen observer, a budding poet struggling to find her stride; to mine the shallows and the deeps of human experience, to give a unique expressive voice to the human condition. With a wide range of emotions, Mbunda touches on a variety of turbulent issues muddying the waters. But she is not without hope; she believes the volcano will only erupt if her call is unheeded.

Songs For Tomorrow

Songs for Tomorrow PDF
Author: Oscar C. Labang
Publisher: Miraclaire Publishing
ISBN: 145153244X
Size: 32.43 MB
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
Category :
Languages : en
Pages : 204
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... The poems in this collection, consequently, speak the immortal language of confusion, betrayal, anger, hate, and despair, in relation to Cameroon and the world at large, yet there is room for true love, and forgiveness. It is true that in an increasingly unstable nation and a world that seems to have lost its head, the works of writers, such as the poets here assembled, must engage in a most powerful manner the goals and ethos of the entire human race. These then are poems by poets who are desperate yet practically involved in an individual but equally collective effort to trigger positive change throughout their national territory and wherever the wailing voices of mankind suffering under the yoke of oppression, disillusionment, and despair can be heard. Consequently, these are poems shaped by the poets' experiences and those of their societies as a whole. These poets mean their poems to reshape the cosmos, to shatter especially government sponsored illusions by making concrete the reality which has, until of recent, only been a mirage to the common man; hence, the socio-cultural nature of the contextual definition of this volume. Emmanuel Fru Doh

A Basket Of Flaming Ashes

A Basket of Flaming Ashes PDF
Author: Joyce B. Ashuntantang
Publisher: African Books Collective
ISBN: 9956616567
Size: 77.66 MB
Format: PDF, Docs
Category : Poetry
Languages : en
Pages : 62
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Ashuntantang is an extraordinary weaver of words who showcases vivid pictures that compete with 3D simulation. Her greatest asset is her use of the beautiful traditional Cameroonian anchor that evokes folk tales with its moonlight romance and glory. You feel, laugh, weep, shiver, wonder, and hail the triumphant spirit of the persona as it navigates African postcolonial and global experiences with the melancholy of an exile who is purposeful, strategic, and a lot of fun.

Emerging Voices

Emerging Voices PDF
Author: Oscar C. Labang
Publisher: Miraclaire Publishing
ISBN: 1449907113
Size: 27.41 MB
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
Category :
Languages : en
Pages : 160
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The emerging voices in the anthology are ... strong assertive voices with fervent statements about life; they are distinctive voices that seek to amend the fragmentary experiences of the past and present and to provide another vision for the future; finally, they are prophetic voices that carry with them symptoms of more meaningful existence as well as innovative techniques that stimulate the fading pulse of poetry.

A Nation At Risk

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Author: Peter Wuteh Vakunta
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 9781469799759
Size: 26.98 MB
Format: PDF, Docs
Category : Political Science
Languages : en
Pages : 206
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A Nation at Risk: A Personal Narrative of the Cameroonian Crisis should be construed as a requiem for what used to be known as the Republic of Cameroon. The overriding objective of this book is to shine the searchlight on the dysfunctional government of Cameroon under President Paul Biya, a minuscule man and matching mind, endowed with a gargantuan ego. Those who wish to comprehend the apocalypse toward which the Cameroonian nation has been propelled by the rogue government of Mr. Biya would do well to study the minds of the men at the helm. Mr. Biya and his henchmen enjoy playing at and for power. The politics of power is for them an act of intellectual masturbation. Even the diabolism inherent in the phenomenon of power is something they relish. In Nation at Risk, Peter Wuteh Vakunta, a prolific writer in his own right, has successfully pieced together a compelling narrative of the many facets of the crisis that has plagued Cameroon during the more than three-decade presidency of Mr. Paul Biya. Lucid and captivating, this landmark volume provides a seminal contribution to readers appreciation of the social, political, economic and cultural events that have shaped Cameroons history from the time of independence from colonial masters to date. Vakuntas penetrating analysis of the lackluster governmental modus operandi of President Biya is a must read for all Cameroonians and friends of Cameroon who feel deeply about the future of this often forgotten African nation. Dr. Peter Ngwafu Ajongwa, Associate Professor

Encyclopedia Of African Literature

Encyclopedia of African Literature PDF
Author: Simon Gikandi
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134582226
Size: 10.34 MB
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Category : Literary Criticism
Languages : en
Pages : 648
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The most comprehensive reference work on African literature to date, this book covers all the key historical and cultural issues in the field. The Encyclopedia contains over 600 entries covering criticism and theory, African literature's development as a field of scholarship, and studies of established and lesser-known writers and their texts. While the greatest proportion of literary work in Africa has been a product of the twentieth century, the Encyclopedia also covers the literature back to the earliest eras of story-telling and oral transmission, making this a unique and valuable resource for those studying social sciences as well as humanities. This work includes cross-references, suggestions for further reading, and a comprehensive index.

Fragmented Melodies

Fragmented Melodies PDF
Author: Kangsen Feka Wakai
Publisher: African Books Collective
ISBN: 9956558109
Size: 60.34 MB
Format: PDF, Mobi
Category : Poetry
Languages : en
Pages : 75
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"Fragmented Melodies is a seminal, introspective work of exceptional freshness and contemplative diction transmitted in an enriched style that immediately grasps the reader's attention. Between Part I (Medusa's Spell) and Part IV (Homebound) the reader is instantly immersed into a multifaceted poetic universe that is both enigmatic and mystifying, reminiscent of Jared Angira's Silent Voices. Wakai's personae are inimitable and diverse, oftentimes imbued with passionate sensuality, despondent lives, and brutal nostalgia-the nostalgia of prison walls, defeated idealism, and incarcerated voices yearning for release behind blood-smeared prison walls. From Ethiopia to Brazil, Kigali to Bamenda, from the smoked-stained vocal cords in Soweto to the clanging steel doors of the Kondengui maximum security prison in Yaound , Wakai's poetic voices resonate the sound of traditional drums, the cacophony of jazz, the isolated acoustic notes of guitar strings, and the suffocating stench of the dictator's funeral pyre. The diverse voices in the poems are unified into a single poetic journey of desolation, hope, idealism, lamentation, exile, and freedom." Babila Mutia, Professor of Literature, ENS, University of Yaounde 1, Cameroon "Kangsen Wakai's poetic landscape in Fragmented Melodies encompasses all that is human as well as all that defies humanity. The poems cascade from the passionate songs of his heart, through defiant rhythms of resistance to songs in distant lands 'beyond our desecrated shores' but in the end Wakai's poetic compass is homebound to . amongst common places and common people who affirm the human zeal for music of truth and peace. Yet, it is Wakai's imagistic canvass which confirms the birth of a compelling poetic voice in this season of waiting." Joyce Ashuntantang, Department of English, University of Connecticut, USA "With poems like these that are crafted to sound like music to the ears, no reader can afford to leave the dance floor. This is indeed the trademark of a new writing that has come to stay." Mwalimu George Ngwane, writer and Chairman of National Book Development Council, Cameroon ."a leading voice in the ongoing renaissance of Anglophone Cameroon literature in the Diaspora." Dibussi Tande, USA based Journalist and Poet

Education Of The Deprived

Education of the Deprived PDF
Author: S. A. Ambanasom
Publisher: African Books Collective
ISBN: 9956616575
Size: 59.77 MB
Format: PDF, ePub
Category : Literary Criticism
Languages : en
Pages : 128
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Education of the Deprived is perceptive socio-artistic examination of the key works of some major writers of Anglophone Cameroon literary drama today. For over two decades now socio-political developments in Cameroon, including the liberalization of the press, have led to an unprecedented proliferation of political, journalistic and imaginative writings. Availing themselves of their new-found freedom of expression, Cameroonians in general are forcefully articulating their views more than even before, and creative writers, in particular, are artistically recording intimate and painful experiences in the on-going endeavor to make sense of the socio-political environment; they are mapping out, through images and symbols, the peculiar contour of the collective Cameroonian soul. What observers have noticed, with regard to Anglophone Cameroon imaginative writing, however, is that there are few significant critical works to match the burgeoning creative literature. While in the 1970's there was a cry concerning the scarcity of imaginative works by Anglophone Cameroonians, the complaint now, at the turn of the 21st century, is that there is a dearth of critical literature capable of catapulting, on to the international literary scene, the Anglophone Cameroon literature being written. This book covers both traditional and modern drama as written by Anglophones, lays bare the technical differences between the two dramatic traditions, and brings out the central themes developed by these committed dramatists. 'It is an important contribution to (until recently) a badly neglected field.'-Professor Chris Dunton, National University of Lesotho 'Education of the Deprived is most refreshing in its critical muscularity and interpretative horizons...lucid and even provocative.'-Bate Besong, University of Buea, Cameroon

The Columbia Guide To West African Literature In English Since 1945

The Columbia Guide to West African Literature in English Since 1945 PDF
Author: Oyekan Owomoyela
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 9780231512152
Size: 35.10 MB
Format: PDF
Category : Literary Criticism
Languages : en
Pages : 216
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Composed by a premier scholar of African literature, this volume is a comprehensive guide to the literary traditions of Gambia, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ghana, and Nigeria, five distinct countries bound by their experience with colonialism. Oyekan Owomoyela begins with an overview of the authors, texts, and historical events that have shaped the development of postwar Anglophone literatures in this region, exploring shifts in theme and the role of foreign sponsorship and illuminating recent debates regarding the language, identity, gender, and social commitments of various authors and their works. His introduction concludes with a bibliography of key critical texts. The second half of the volume is an alphabetical tour of writers, publications, concepts, genres, movements, and institutions, with suggested readings for further research. Entries focus primarily on fiction but also touch on drama and poetry. Featured authors include Chris Abani, Chinua Achebe, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Cyprian Ekwensi, Uzodinma Chukuka Iweala, Helen Oyeyemi, and Wole Soyinka. Topics range from the European origins of African literature and the West African diaspora to the development of an "African personality," the establishment of a regional publishing industry, and the global literary marketplace. Owomoyela also discusses such influences as the postwar emergence of Onitsha Market Literature, the Mbari Club, and the importance of the Noma Award. Owomoyela's portrait points to the major impact of West African literature on the evolution of both African and world literatures in English. Sure to become the definitive text for research in the field, The Columbia Guide to West African Literature in English Since 1945 is a vital resource for newcomers as well as for advanced scholars seeking a deeper understanding of the region's rich literary heritage.