ISBN 9789956762385
Pages 84
Dimensions 203 x 127mm
Published 2015
Publisher Langaa RPCIG, Cameroon
Format Paperback

The Swamps

by Ekpe Inyang

The Swamps presents a debauched tapestry of an utterly dehumanised Cameroonian society seeking regeneration through s a judicious deployment of myth, history, parables, song, mimicry and dance. The inclusion of these features of orature in this political allegory creates particular moods and atmospheres and lends colour and movement to dramatic action. The structure and function of the play defines the individual's identity within the cosmic context which approximates the past and present. Inyang's analysis of class political behaviour in Cameroon exposes the complete erosion of civil liberties by corrupt and venal elite. He impresses the theatre audience with his dramatic eloquence and the fervour of his commitment, and emblazones his name in the front ranks of alternative theatre. This is a rare theatrical gem that demonstrates a brilliant, sustained invention, with great depth and suggestive power.

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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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