Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Battle for Survival by John Ngong Kum Ngong

John Ngong Kum Ngong. Battle for Survival. Editions CLE Yaoundé, 2006, 87 pp

John Ngong Kum Ngong's play is set in an imaginary African country called Inayeh.

It deals with the subject of satanic, blood-sucking practices as a means of achieving political and material prosperity. The play foregrounds the Scarlet Star Booster Club, a demonic cult which has as its exclusive members, the military, political and bureaucratic elite.

Once you access this club, you can consider all worldly sufferings over: promotion, wealth, power and material possessions come easily. Once in it, you may well say, 'suffer done finish' as the world knows it.
Written in verse which lends concreteness and seriousness to its subject matter, Battle for Survival is situated within conventional, realistic drama. It is structured in six scenes and essentially a drama of conscience wherein Wujwab is pestered by his former friend, Wazwoh who has since joined the ranks of the members of the Scarlet Star Booster Club.

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