ISBN 9789956615506
Pages 94
Dimensions 203 x 127 mm
Published 2010
Publisher Langaa RPCIG, Cameroon
Format Paperback

Nul n'a le monopole du français

Deux poètes du Cameroon anglophone

by Peter W. Vakunta, Bill F. Ndi

Les forces de la nature aient voulu que ces deux poètes, linguistes, traducteurs et enseignants chercheurs anglophones soient tous nés à Ndop au Département de Ngoketunjia, dans la Région du Nord Ouest du Cameroun. L’un basé aux USA et l’autre en Australie. Répugnés par la pourriture de régime politique dans leur propre pays ainsi que les égards des politiques vis-à-vis de minorités anglophones, ces deux explorent de fond en comble dans leur poésie, les problèmes existentiels, non seulement de cette minorité au Cameroun, mais ceux des peuples minorités du monde entier à une époque rythmée par la mondialisation. Pour eux l’art n’est pas seulement une arme de vie mais celle de résistance.

The forces of nature warranted that these two English speaking poets, linguists, translators cum academics and researchers be born in Ndop, Ngoketunjia Division, in the North West Region of Cameroon. The one is based in the USA and other in Australia. Disgusted by the rotten political clime in their country as well as the political stance of politician vis-à-vis the English speaking minority, these two poets in their poetry explore the ins and outs of the problems of existence, not only of the minority English speaking Cameroonian but those of minorities in a modern world with a push for globalization. To them art is not only a weapon for survival but one for resistance.

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Review

"Peter W Vakunta et Bill F. NDI nous font partager – en français - leur révolte devant leur statut minoritaire au Cameroun. Ils abordent aussi des questions plus larges, telles que le régime politique au Cameroun, la tutelle des élites sur le peuple, l’impact du post-colonialisme sur l’économie locale, l’absence d’espoir, l’expérience débilitante de l’immigration en France, la condition de la femme. Cela n’empêche pas un grand nombre de leurs poèmes d’avoir une portée universelle : la place de l’Africain dans le monde d’aujourd’hui, la sagesse populaire, la quête d’un art de vivre, d’un art de penser, d’un art de résister, d’un art d’aimer."

Pr. Hélène Jaccomard, University of Western Australia, Perth
About the Authors

Peter W. Vakunta

Dr. Peter Wuteh Vakunta is a native of Bamunka-Ndop in the Northwest Region of the Republic of Cameroon. His education is global. Peter studied in Cameroon, Nigeria, South Africa, France and the United States of America. His research interests are cross-disciplinary and straddle the worlds of Francophonie and the Commonwealth. Peter is a prolific writer with over fifteen works on literary theory and fiction under his belt. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Modern Languages at the University of Indianapolis in the United States of America.

Bill F. Ndi

Dr. Bill F. Ndi, poet, playwright, storyteller, critic, translator & academic was born in Bamunka-Ndop, the North West Region of Cameroon and educated at GBHS Bamenda & Essos, the University of Yaoundé, Nigeria: ABSU, Paris: ISIT, the Sorbonne, Paris VIII & UCP where he obtained his doctorate degree in Languages, Literatures and Contemporary Civilizations. He has held teaching positions at the Paris School of Languages, the University of the Sunshine Coast at Sippy Downs, the University of Queensland, Brisbane, St Lucia and Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia. He is presently a faculty with the department of English and Foreign Languages at Tuskegee University, Alabama, USA.