ISBN 9789956558896
Pages 88
Dimensions 216 x 140 mm
Published 2009
Publisher Langaa RPCIG, Cameroon
Format Paperback

Straddling the Mungo

A Book of Poems in English and French

by Peter W. Vakunta

A sinister form of oppression, linguistic oppression, is the key ingredient in this rich collection of poems written in both the English and the French languages. Highly charged with political overtones, this anthology awakens the conscience of a society in lethargy, one in which even those who lay claim to superiority display gross incompetence in the management of state and societal affairs. Vakunta raises a strong voice against the wanton abuse of the constitutional provision that protects the Cameroon's official bilingual policy. This collection makes a forceful case that official bilingualism is not a pipe-dream, but rather a powerful modus operandi with the potential to ease a myriad of socio-political bottlenecks. It is hoped that this bilingual anthology of poems would provide useful instructional material for educators and serve as an eye-opener to Cameroon's leadership and role-players.

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“These poems are informed by a society ambushed by its own leadership, thanks to a scandalous historical foundation and a myopic and corrupt system that has yielded unrepresentative kleptomaniacs masquerading as leaders of a nation. These are poems by a proud but grieving patriot who has identified his country’s meaningless yet divisive squabbles and is determined to educate his compatriots in the virtues of peace and true unity. This volume is counseling to humankind as a whole.”

Emmanuel Fru Doh

“The anthology is a powerful indictment of a system where abuse and dereliction of duty have been given the leeway to run roughshod. It interrogates the functionality of a bilingual system where the notion of bilingualism is a burdensome imposition on the Anglophone minority.”

Dr. Bill Ndi, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia

About the Author

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.

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