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Patrick Tataw Obenson, alias Ako-Aya, the rabid critic, social crusader and witty journalist, all rolled up in one, was indeed a popular and widely admired pioneer in daring journalism and social commentary in Cameroon. Little wonder that when he died, he left behind countless painful hearts and many questions on the lips of his admirers. As a man of the people, the fallen hero of Cameroon's Fleet Street shared his experiences, be they good or bad, with his readers. He was a virile critic even of the sordid things in which he himself secretly indulged. Obenson's mind was open, and through his popular newspaper column - Ako-Aya - he exposed society and social action in all their dimensions. He had an axe to grind with all perpetrators of social vices, especially those of them that infringed on the rights of the common man. He gave them a good fight, using his newspaper as his only weapon - a weapon which could not be neutralized even by the most affluent nor the most coercive leadership. And he did so with nerve and valour and venom. Only Tataw Obenson could spit out really scathing pieces of satire, aimed directly at the highest governing authorities of his society. Only Obenson could make allusions even to his own apparently ugly self. Only he could be liberal and honest enough to confess how he boarded a taxi and later bolted without paying the driver. Only Obenson was able to foresee his imminent demise from the face of the earth and literarily wrote his own epitaphÖ

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright Page
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  1. Content
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Dedication
  2. p. vii
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  1. Introduction: The King is Dead
  2. pp. 1-20
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  1. 1. The Daring Nature of Ako-Aya
  2. pp. 21-33
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  1. 2. Ako-Aya Against Tribalism
  2. pp. 35-43
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  1. 3. Ako-Aya Exposes: The Vices of Certain House-Wives
  2. pp. 45-58
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  1. 4. Ako-Aya and Prostitution
  2. pp. 59-72
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  1. 5. Ako-Aya and Women from the East
  2. pp. 73-78
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  1. 6. Ako-Aya and Women: Personal Experiences
  2. pp. 79-88
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  1. 7. Ako-Aya and Gossips
  2. pp. 89-99
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  1. 8. Ako-Aya and Letters to the Editor
  2. pp. 101-104
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  1. 9. Ako-Aya and his Enemies
  2. pp. 105-108
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  1. 10. Ako-Aya and the Big Towns
  2. pp. 109-143
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  1. 11. Ako-Aya and Re-Unification
  2. pp. 145-154
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  1. 12. Ako-Aya and Politics
  2. pp. 155-162
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  1. 13. Ako-Aya and the Big Stories
  2. pp. 163-183
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  1. 14. Ako-Aya’s Problems at Job-Site
  2. pp. 185-191
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  1. 15. Ako-Aya and Misleading Titles
  2. pp. 193-200
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  1. 16. Ako-Aya and Christmas
  2. pp. 201-204
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  1. 17. Ako-Aya and the Fall of the City of Victoria
  2. pp. 205-215
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  1. 18. Ako-Aya and Fraud in the Bota Wharf
  2. pp. 217-223
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  1. 19. Ako-Aya - A Prophet of his Death
  2. pp. 225-228
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  1. 20. Ako-Aya’s Last Few Months on Earth
  2. pp. 229-242
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 243-244
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  1. Back Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9789956578726
Related ISBN
9789956616596
MARC Record
OCLC
694146185
Pages
256
Launched on MUSE
2013-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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