ISBN 9789956616596
Pages 256
Dimensions 216 x 140 mm
Illustrations B/W Illustrations
Published 2010
Publisher Langaa RPCIG, Cameroon
Format Paperback

Ako-Aya: A Cameroorian Pioneer in Daring Journalism and Social Commentary

by Ephraim N. Ngwafor

Patrick Tataw Obenson, alias Ako-Aya, the rabid critic, social crusader and witty journalist, all rolled up in one, was indeed a popular and widely admired pioneer in daring journalism and social commentary in Cameroon. Little wonder that when he died, he left behind countless painful hearts and many questions on the lips of his admirers. As a man of the people, the fallen hero of Cameroon's Fleet Street shared his experiences, be they good or bad, with his readers. He was a virile critic even of the sordid things in which he himself secretly indulged. Obenson's mind was open, and through his popular newspaper column - Ako-Aya - he exposed society and social action in all their dimensions.  He had an axe to grind with all perpetrators of social vices, especially those of them that infringed on the rights of the common man. He gave them a good fight, using his newspaper as his only weapon - a weapon which could not be neutralized even by the most affluent nor the most coercive leadership. And he did so with nerve and valour and venom. Only Tataw Obenson could spit out really scathing pieces of satire, aimed directly at the highest governing authorities of his society. Only Obenson could make allusions even to his own apparently ugly self. Only he could be liberal and honest enough to confess how he boarded a taxi and later bolted without paying the driver. Only Obenson was able to foresee his imminent demise from the face of the earth and literarily wrote his own epitaph.

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“A thought-provoking document which in effect reminds Cameroonian journalists of the vital task and challenge of continuing a noble mission that was unfortunately terminated by an untimely death.”

Dr Shey Peter Mabu, Veteran journalist and former Editor-in-Chief, CameroonTribune

About the Author

Ephraim N. Ngwafor

Ephraim N. Ngwafor holds a PhD in Law from the University of London, and is professor of Law at the University of Yaounde II, where he has also served as Dean and Rector. He is a member of the Cameroon Bar Association, a Fellow of the Cameroon Academy of Sciences, and a member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague in the Netherlands. Professor Ngwafor has published extensively in Law.