ISBN 9789956579631
Pages 110
Dimensions 203 x 127 mm
Published 2011
Publisher Langaa RPCIG, Cameroon
Format Paperback

Silent Voices

by Ekpe Inyang

This collection of poems spans a wide range of themes and subjects, including culture, politics, socio-economics, environment, and human rights. The poems are a reflection of Ekpe Inyang’s close contact with and passionate observation of society, as well as his generous sharing of life experiences and personal philosophy. Ekpe’s poetic journey started in 1992, and some of the poems in this collection have been published in national and internal newspapers, magazines, anthologies, and journals.

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“… a dense collection of poems that treat several issues in a multi-faceted manner. The poet employs sharp imagery, salient symbols and succinct metaphors, among other devices, to unearth the whirlwinds of his mind, calling on society’s attention aloud, lest he explodes. Indeed, Ekpe Inyang’ Silent Voices provokes sealed lips to venture sane discussions on the growth of mankind.”

Mathew Takwi, Poet & Playwright

“Ekpe Inyang’s Silent Voices are in fact not silent voices but eloquent and powerful voices blasting hate, prescribing love; combating oppression, recommending freedom; chastising extravagance, proposing modesty; and denouncing ugliness, and hailing beauty. This juxtaposition is a moving testimony of the poet’s all embracing themes of human predicaments and hopes. It is the bedrock of his poetic sublimity – a sublimity that he expresses with great dexterity in both free verse and the more demanding classical verse. The poetry is insightful, succinct, inviting and highly graphic – great poetry.”

Alobwed’Epie, novelist, poet, critic and Professor of Literature, University of Yaounde 1

About the Author

Ekpe Inyang

The 2014 winner of the Eko Prize for Emerging Anglophone Writers in the poetry category, Ekpe Inyang holds an MSc. in Advanced Professional Studies (Environmental Studies) from the University of Strathclyde, UK. He spent several years working for the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), and also served as a short-term consultant to the German Technical Agency (GTZ, now GIZ) in the South West Region, Cameroon. He was a lecturer and Coordinator of the Diploma in Development Studies Programme at the Pan-African Institute for Development - West Africa, in Buea, Cameroon, and currently the Capacity Building Advisor of WWF Coastal Forests Programme (WWF-CFP) and Education for Sustainable Development and Youth Focal Point for WWF Cameroon Country Programme Office (WWF-CCPO). He has published eight plays, four scientific articles, a book chapter, two major textbooks (one as co-author), and eight poetry anthologies, six of which have been published. 

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