Titabet and the Takumbeng
The unprecedented political upheaval of the 1992 first ever-multiparty presidential elections in Cameroon is relieved in this play. Following the controversial elections, Bamenda - the stronghold of the main opposition party, the Social Democratic Front (SDF) - was plunged into a tense and intense civil disobedience campaign. The violence which ensued pitted SDF militants who claimed their victory was stolen against regime loyalists. The government reacted by imposing a curfew on Bamenda. The army that was dispatched to keep the peace committed ferocious kidnapping, rape, theft and torture, driving women, children and men into the arms of terror. Titabet the protagonist emerges as the leader of the oppressed. He and the sacred women's cult of Takumbeng were the only hope for the people. The sacred cleansing cult and Titabet's courageous resistance apparently brought an end to what would have been too devastating a tale to narrate.
ISBN 9789956558131 | 56 pages | 216 x 140 mm | 2008 | Langaa RPCIG, Cameroon | Paperback
"This is a welcome addition to the growing literature on Anglophone theatre and African politics, and I highly recommend it. Titabet and the Takumbeng scholars and students of African literature, African history, women’s history and anthropology. It is also a very interesting and engaging play with brave women, great imageries and characters capable of entertaining and captivating a non-specialized audience."
- The African Book Publishing Record