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Titabet and the Takumbeng

Kehbuma Langmia

Publication Year: 2008

Titabet and the Takumbeng is a play that relives the unprecedented political upheaval of the 1992 first ever multiparty presidential elections in Cameroon. Following the controversial elections, Bamenda - the stronghold of the main opposition party, the Social Democratic Front (SDF) - was plunged into a tense and intense civil disobedience campaign. The violence which ensued pitted SDF militants who claimed their victory was stolen against regime loyalists. The government reacted by imposing a curfew on Bamenda. The army that was dispatched to keep the peace committed ferocious kidnapping, rape, theft and torture, driving women, children and men into the arms of terror. Titabet the protagonist emerges as the leader of the oppressed. He and the sacred women's cult of Takumbeng were the only hope for the people. The sacred cleansing cult and Titabet's courageous resistance apparently brought an end to what would have been too devastating a tale to narrate. Kehbuma Langmia teaches courses in Mass Communications, Broadcast Journalism and Media Studies at Bowie State University. With previous degrees in fine arts, television and film, he earned his PhD in Mass Communication and Media Studies from Howard University. He also has an MA degree in theatre arts from the University of Yaound?, Cameroon. He is also a graduate from the Television Academy in Munich, Germany. Dr. Langmia writes, produces and directs independent productions, and serves as executive producer for students' television projects at Bowie State University.

Published by: African Books Collective

Title Page, Copyright

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Foreword

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pp. v-ix

I am honoured to write this foreword to Kehbuma Langmia’s play, Titabet and the Takumeng, not least because I have had the pleasure of seeing the work develop through a number of drafts. I first met the playwright at a meeting of African theatre activists in Germany in 2001...

Characters

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pp. ix-

Phase 1, Scene 1

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pp. 1-10

Phase 1, Scene 2

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pp. 10-17

Phase 2, Scene 1

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pp. 17-20

Phase 2, Scene 2

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pp. 21-31

Phase 3, Scene 1

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pp. 32-40

Phase 3, Scene 2

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pp. 40-42

Back Cover

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E-ISBN-13: 9789956717743
Print-ISBN-13: 9789956558131

Page Count: 56
Publication Year: 2008

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