ISBN 9789956558773
Pages 64
Dimensions 216 x 140 mm
Published 2009
Publisher Langaa RPCIG, Cameroon
Format Paperback

Wading the Tide

by Emmanuel Fru Doh

Wading the Tide is an expression of profound emotions touching on a wide range of issues-personal and political-from the birth of the Cameroon nation, her political meandering, until the state of emergency declared on the North West Province in 1992. Accordingly, Doh complains, ridicules, and pays tribute, even as he instructs and guides on timeless matters of life, all in an effort to draw attention to his country's gradual, downward spiral into anomy.

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“The poems are weighty, touching, enduring…. Doh … is extremely sensitive and acutely aware of the world in which he lives, the human predicament, the beauty of the weather, the horrors of war and dirty politics, the love of one person for another, the angers, sorrows, pleasures of everyday living…. The dominant mood of the collection is one of outrage, gloom and decadence, the vision apocalyptic.  In Wading the Tide, it can be pointed out that Emmanuel Fru Doh has broken much new ground using very familiar implements.”

Linus T. Asong, Professor, University of Yaounde I (ENS Bambili)

“A remarkable first collection by a poet who loves his country but is fearlessly angry at its several flaws.  Its range is wide, the geography of its thought and feelings remarkably extensive.  These are poems which denounce Africa’s myriad socio-political evils without sacrificing the importance of humour and possibilities of hope.  We wade through the tide of these poems to a vision of an Africa peopled with patriots.”

Niyi Osundare

About the Author

Emmanuel Fru Doh

Emmanuel Fru Doh holds a PhD in English (Literature emphasis) from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. Between 1990 and 1997 he taught African Literature at the University of Yaounde I (ENS Bambili), Cameroon, during which time he established himself as a major voice in Cameroon’s literary arena. An accomplished teacher, poet, and critic, Emmanuel Fru Doh currently teaches in the Department of English at Century College, Minnesota, U.S.A. where he is also Associate Editor of Phantasmagora.

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