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Ambe Johnson

Hi Samira, while I agree with your general assessment of the state of Anglophone Cameroon writing, I disagree with you on the issue of the protest literature of the early 1990s. You write that:

"literary world of Cameroon was at that point hijacked by strategic confusionists. That fantastic opportunity still did not produce works of world renown. Instead, it produced a crop of fortune hunters eager to pen anything and pass it off as protest literature".

While this might apply to a certain extent to the "militant journalism" of the times, is does not at all reflect what occured in the Anglophone literary scene. For example, Fale Wache's epic poem, "Lament of a Mother" is one that would hold its own in Nigeria or Kenya; Victor Epie Ngome's play "what God has put Asunder" completely towers over "Mr. No Balance" apart from the fact that it did not get the latters kind of publicity; the brilliant works of Bole Butake's such as "And Palmwine will flow"; or Bate Besong's award-winning "Requiem for the last Kaiser".

This is just a small glimpse at the litarary vibrancy of the 1990s. We don't know much about these books, because they are not on the school syllabus and because they were all self published and therefore poorly distributed and printed in limited copies.

I am sure that if these authors had been in Nigeria they would all be household names. See how Christopher Okigbo is reverred by Nigerians 40 years after his death even though he published just two poetry collections - both posthumously. Compare him to Cameroon's Bate Besong (RIP). Can we certain that Cameroonians will be talking about him in another five years?...

AKOMONEH VICTOR A

Sincerely i must confess i admire the sense of commitment expressed in the works of Cameroonian writers of English Expression.I have read a wide volume of their publications and actually admire their sense of responsibility.I must say the man has not died in them as they strive to achieve that freedom we've so much longed for.Slowly and gradually we will surely get to the top.
Thanks
AKOMONEH VICTOR
UNIVERSITY OF BUEA

Akomoneh Victor A

We have waited for way too long. We have fought wit d pen yet no results. We used the mouth but the frogs are still proving stubborn. Its about time we unanimously fight back at the thief in the house. We regret the loss of professors and mentors who stood firm and have been murdered in a bid to break silence. Its our turn now

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