Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Tikum Mbah Azonga Launches Three Books

Originallly published in The Post newspaper

Three news books have found sanctuary in Cameroon's library. The Wooden Bicycle, a collection of short stories, Sighs and Whispers, a collection of poems and Modern Cameroon Poetry Book 3, an anthology of poems were written by a translator and CRTV journalist, Tikum Mbah Azonga. He co-authored Modern Cameroon Poetry Book 3 with Foudo, a university lecturer in America and Ben Young Junior, the Principal of GBHS Fundong in the Northwest Province.

All the three books which treat themes of everyday life; experiences, joys and pains, focus on the curriculum for Cameroon schools and are used in classes I to III, respectively. Speaking shortly after the launching, Tikum Mbah said in "Sighs and Whispers" he is putting across the message that poetry is an overflow of emotions; that this message is deeply embedded in the poem called 'Afo-Akum'.

In short, the message is that life is what you make it. According to Tikum, the short stories as well as poems should interest everybody. "Somebody, everybody has to learn something from the books," Tikum said.

Click for an interview with Azonga (in French)

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