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.
This cookbook is a celebration of food and family inspired by the wonderfully diverse foods and delicious dishes that constitute West African cuisine. This collection of healthy African recipes is a hands-on introduction to some dishes from Cameroon – a country located in West Africa. Through the recipes we will not only take a culinary journey into West Africa, but delight in the celebration of food, family and wellness.
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.
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.
When strangers invade her village in 1910, young princess Samarah’s knowledge of English unwittingly contributes to her capture. Forced into a life of servitude on a plantation far removed from her homeland, Samarah struggles with losing the life and people she had known and loved. Her mother and Bintum – her childhood love who seeks and reunites with her at the plantation- offer a sense of the familiar until tragedy strikes leaving Samarah alone and angry. As the son of Samarah’s employer, Mayne Patterson represents all that has caused pain, misery and uncertainty in Samarah’s life. Mayne is in love with Samarah and will do everything he can to get her. Can Samarah overcome all the hurt and misgivings to see Mayne for who he is and not what he embodies? Torn between the love to whom she is betrothed and her growing attraction to Mayne, Samarah must decide between her heart’s desires and her obligations to her homeland. This debut historical fiction is at once a story of love and identity as it is a portrait of aspects of colonial rule in Africa.
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.
Healing Stings is an astonishing collection of poems that depict a society battling social, global and postcolonial challenges. Through a combination of terse and elegantly composed verse, this collection provides viable tools with which to overcome the hassles and possibly check the erosion of time-honoured moral values.
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.
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.