African Studies (10)
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    A Dictionary of Popular Bali Names is an extraordinary minefield of Chamba names meticulously assembled and expatiated for the modern user. This edition combines a short history of the Chamba people in Cameroon as well as detailed ethnographic description of the naming ritual among the Bali Chamba. John Fokwang’s work stands in a class of its own and will serve as a reference material for all people of Chamba descent in Nigeria and Cameroon as well as for individuals who fancy the use of African names. This edition is a worthy contribution to the ethnography of the Cameroon Grassfields and indeed, the growing literature and interest on African names and languages.


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    Among the Igbo, Chinua Achebe reminds us, proverbs are the palm oil with which words are eaten. This is true of the Igbo as it is for most peoples across the African continent. In this revised and enlarged volume, Rev. Babila Fochang serves us with a generous blend of proverbs from all regions of the continent. With over 800 proverbs covering an exhaustive range of themes and topics, you won’t have to repeat a proverb for over two years.


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    This newly edited volume, Bali Nyonga Today covers about thirty years of (1985-2015) developments in Bali Nyonga, Cameroon. With fresh contributions from 12 leading scholars, this volume covers a wide variety of themes including updates on the revival of Mungaka as a tool of literacy in modern Bali society.


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    This book illuminates the complex and constantly shifting social and cultural dynamics that shape people’s identity. Specifically, the volume focuses on the intersections of gender with, culture and identity, and at different historical epochs; on the way men and women define themselves and are defined by diverse peoples and cultures across time and space in sub-Saharan Africa. The discussions presented in this anthology primarily focus on ‘being’ as ‘a state’ or ‘condition’, defined by sex identity, and how this identity shifts, and hence ‘becoming’, assuming diverse meanings in disparate societies, contexts, and time. The discourse, therefore, moves from how the perception of the self in cultural and historical contexts has informed actions and at some other times shaped interpretations given to historical facts, to how changing economic realities also shape the definitions and constructions of social and relational issues in Sub-Saharan Africa. The historical trajectories of Islamic religion, colonialism and Christian missionary activities in sub-Saharan Africa have shaped the worlds of the peoples of the region and impacted on gender relations.


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    Democratic Governance and Political Participation in Nigeria 1999-2014 seeks to critically analyse Nigeria’s democratic experience since 1999 when the current Republic was instituted. Given the chequered democratic antecedents of the country, the book examines the factors responsible for the resilience of the present democratic dispensation, in spite of forces inhibiting democratic consolidation. It also examines these inhibiting forces and makes recommendations for overcoming them. Finally, the book seeks to stimulate intellectual discourse on Nigeria’s democracy and arouse greater research interests in the subject.


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    Okafor Meets his Match is a collection of three short stories and two novellas from Cameroon. Through a range of diverse characters, the stories masterfully depict varied themes in African social life with regards to identity, marriage, drugs and inheritance. In ‘Okafor Meets his Match’ Ngong believes that the pride of his people and nation is at stake and he must defend it. In “Zow and the Village Belle” the rituals and customs of inheritance and marriage are brought out in the tragedy of Anang, the heir apparent, who cannot marry his pearl. “The Brief Stop” brings to the fore the gruesome consequences of juvenile drug abuse and in “The Warder’s Assignment” a printer accepts a job from a warder who had been assigned it by a prisoner on death row. Together the stories in this collection make for an enjoyable read that deftly captures the richness and complexity of human relationships in social life.


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    This book is a collection of essays on various aspects of contemporary African fiction and theater. The breadth and depth of the collection speak to the innovative trends in African fiction and theater in an increasingly interconnected world. Whereas the views of the authors are inherently diverse, common grounds are gleaned in the commonality of the patterns of artistic visions shaped and given impetus by the peoples’ new world realities; in this sense, the essays are at the same time in dialogue with each other. In the context of colonial and neo-colonial legacies that seem to forestall any sense of individual and collective self-fulfillment, contributors to this volume examine the pertinence of African fiction and theatre in imagining new vistas of re-conceptualizing the postcolonial condition in ways that re-galvanize the belief in an enabling future.


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    This book argues that since the emergence of the Cameroon National Union (CNU) and the one-party state in 1966, Cameroonians have progressively degenerated into the syndrome of collective amnesia inspired by a culture of sycophancy, glorifying and deifying political leadership. These developments stand in stark contrast to what obtained in the nascent Southern Cameroons – the UN Trust territory administered by Britain until 1961 when its population voted overwhelmingly by 70.5% to gain their independence by establishing a federation with the then French-speaking Republic of Cameroon.


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    This primer of 29 alphabets and sound combinations that make up the modern Mungaka language is a much-welcome addition to the instructional needs of indigenous languages in Africa. First time learners as well as seasoned speakers of Mungaka will find this book very easy to navigate given its simple layout, large print and colorful illustrations. This book is the first in a series of educational materials that aim to revitalize and accelerate the pace of Mungaka’s status as a language of literacy in the Cameroon Grassfields and beyond.


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    Recently widowed, Angelina Ibe, a smart, evangelical Christian and school teacher goes on an early morning evangelising mission and intentionally kills a python, one of the major totems in her community, Umuocha. This abominable act – at least viewed from the community’s perspective, brings her into direct collision with Umuocha’s guardians of tradition, led by the arch-conservative prime minister of Umuocha, Mazi Ikenga.