ISBN 9789956790654
ePub ISBN 9789956790067
Pages 126
Dimensions 203 x 127 mm
Published 2013
Publisher Langaa RPCIG, Cameroon
Formats Paperback, eBook

Greener from a Distance

by Charles Nfon

Albert’s life dream is to emigrate to the USA, to seek greener pastures. After several failed attempts, he finally gets a visa and arrives in the USA hoping for a bright and easy future. Before long he hears stories of desperation, struggles and a few successes. Desperation is portrayed by Mola aka Mboma who adopts a dead man’s identity in order to stay in the USA and by Bruno who marries a US-born woman as his ticket to the USA, knowing full well that she was leading a double life. Struggles are seen in Paul and Matt who have to work more than twice as hard to barely survive. However, Samson, the surgeon is an example of a success story. Albert has to decide whether to stay in the USA, concoct a story for asylum and chase the dream that has proven elusive for many, or go back to his reality in Cameroon. Though the pasture may actually be greener on the other side for some, it takes a tremendous amount of work and dedication to keep it that way. Realising that the life in the Diaspora is not a bed of roses as portrayed by some Cameroonians, he decides to return to his modest job in Cameroon. Although this book could be considered a cautionary tale about emigration, it is also about the corruption that has overtaken Cameroon and its people.

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About the Author

Charles Nfon

Dr Charles Nfon was born in Mbinon-Noni, in the North West region of Cameroon. He attended Government High School Kumbo, CCAST Bambili, and then the University of Ibadan where he obtained a DVM degree in 1999. He worked briefly for IRAD Wakwa, Ngaoundere, Cameroon before proceeding to the University of Liverpool where he obtained his PhD in Veterinary Parasitology in 2004. He then moved to the USA to work as a research fellow in New York. In 2008, Nfon and his family moved to Canada where he has continued research in virology and immunology. His research has been published in peer reviewed journals. Greener from a Distance is his second work of fiction. He is also the author of The Alien Within.