ISBN 9789966254276
ePub ISBN 9789956790579
Pages 212
Dimensions 216 x 140 mm
Published 2006
Publisher East African Educational Publishers, Kenya
Formats Paperback, eBook

A Nose for Money

by Francis B. Nyamnjoh

Set in the fictional and reluctantly bilingual land of Mimbo in contemporary Africa, this story revolves around the tragedy of the haunting Prospère, a semi-literate Mimbolander who is searching for the finer things in life. The novel presents a graphic picture of the frustrations engendered by a society that values wealth over love.

The author interweaves traditional African culture and modern politics to compellingly capture the urban African psyche.
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"Francis B. Nyamnjoh's A Nose for Money is a uniquely detailed presentation of the causes and consequences of political instability in Mimboland (Cameroonian) society since Re- Unification. The society that is depicted is one that can only breed diseased and demented leaders...Nyamnjoh exposes his sharp and resolute concern for the fate of Mimbolanders groaning under a tottering but oppressive socio-political structure. Captured in a farcical and even absurdist style, A Nose for Money is a serious study of social maladjustment and political power."

Bate Besong

"A Nose for Money depicts the trajectory of life, particularly for Africans living in the West and Central region of the continent. The struggle from grass to grace and its concomitant travails is well demonstrated in this fictional piece on Prospere whose quest for wealth is something that is non-negotiable and a 'must- have'. The underlying thread and currency for purchasing power, influence and recognition as the book illustrates is wealth –physical financial and material wealth. You are somebody only if you are prosperous in material terms and nobody otherwise."

Ecoma Bassey Alaga

“…heir to a long line of witty satires on social life, especially out of Cameroon, …there is a certain affinity with Mongo Beti and Ferdinand Oyono which marks this book as out of Cameroon”

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" wouldn't be inappropriate to say that Cyprian Ekwensi's Lajide in "People of the City" would serve as the most appropriate school master to Nyamnjoh's Prospére because he is the stuff of which modern polygamists should be made."

About the Author

Francis B. Nyamnjoh

Francis B. Nyamnjoh joined the University of Cape Town in August 2009 as Professor of Social Anthropology from the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA), Dakar, Senegal, where he served as Head of Publications from July 2003 to July 2009. He has taught sociology, anthropology and communication studies at universities in Cameroon and Botswana, and has researched and written extensively on Cameroon and Botswana. In October 2012 he received a University of Cape Town Excellence Award for “Exceptional Contribution as a Professor in the Faculty of Humanities”. He is recipient of the “ASU African Hero 2013” annual award by the African Students Union, Ohio University, USA. He is: a B1 rated Professor and Researcher by the South African National Research Foundation (NRF); a Fellow of the Cameroon Academy of Science since August 2011; a fellow of the African Academy of Science since December 2014; a fellow of the Academy of Science of South Africa since 2016; and Chair of the Editorial Board of the South African Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) Press since January 2011. His scholarly books include: Africa’s Media, Democracy and the Politics of Belonging (2005); Insiders and Outsiders: Citizenship and Xenophobia in Contemporary Southern Africa (2006); “C'est l'homme qui fait l'homme”: Cul-de-Sac Ubuntu-ism in Côte d'Ivoire (2015); and #RhodesMustFall: Nibbling at Resilient Colonialism in South Africa (2016).

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