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First Harvests

A Collection of Poems from Nkongho-Mboland

E.F. Fonkeng, E.G. Fonsah

Publication Year: 2012

First Harvests are expressions of impressions on a variety of local and universal phenomena and states of being. It is the first ever poetry collection by a few sons and daughters of Nkongho-Mbo, a subgroup of the Mbo ethnic group of Cameroon, on which very little has been published. The poems however transcend the geographical, cultural and emotional landscapes that have inspired them.

Published by: African Books Collective

Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. 2-7

Contents

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pp. iii-iv

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Introduction

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pp. v-11

Welcome to the first ever poetry collection by a few sons and daughters of Nkongho-Mbo origin. It is not so much the origin of the authors as it is the fact that this outcome is actually a ‘side-show’ to a much more ambitious project we have been contemplating for some time now: a comprehensive title on the Nkongho-Mbos.
The Nkongho-Mbos are a sub-group of the Mbo ethnic group of Cameroon, Central Africa, on whom not much has...

Part 1 - Tributes

Acha Tugi

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pp. 3-4

Invisible Gift

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pp. 4-5

Little and Big Things

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pp. 5-18

For the Sake of Principle

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pp. 6-19

Treasure

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pp. 7-20

Meditation

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pp. 8-21

First Christmas

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pp. 9-22

Tribute (To my dear friend Ephraim)

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pp. 10-23

Ako Aya

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pp. 11-24

Childhood

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pp. 12-13

Mother

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pp. 13-14

The Birocol Song

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pp. 14-15

Missing You

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pp. 15-16

Part II - Encounters

Miss Ngeme

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pp. 19-35

Feelings

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pp. 20-36

Love

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pp. 20-21

Not Hate

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pp. 21-22

Hurt

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pp. 22-23

The Distance between our Bond

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pp. 23-24

Love Daze

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pp. 24-25

Mile Six Beach

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pp. 25-26

The View from Ngeme Village

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pp. 26-27

The Cat and the Dog

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pp. 27-29

The Sex Controversy

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pp. 29-30

Na Man Kill Man

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pp. 30-31

My Way, Your way

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pp. 31-32

Know Thyself

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pp. 32-60

The Captive

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pp. 33-34

Children

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pp. 34-63

In Lighter Moments

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pp. 35-36

Part III - Loss

My Best Friend

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pp. 39-68

Acada

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pp. 40-69

Na Wanda

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pp. 40-41

The Great Hawk

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pp. 42-43

Anxiety

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pp. 43-74

Brain Drain

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pp. 44-45

Unholy Trinity

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pp. 45-46

To Ngwenka

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pp. 46-47

Crocodile Tears

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pp. 47-81

Bandit Hymn

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pp. 48-49

Ebamu of the Hills

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pp. 49-50

Psycho-Vibration

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pp. 51-86

Mu-ngang

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pp. 52-87

The Accident

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pp. 53-88

The Night Train

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pp. 54-55

Out of Sight

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pp. 56-91

Mariana Mariana

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pp. 57-92

Telepathy

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pp. 58-59

My Name is Pungo

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pp. 59-60

Endnotes

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pp. 61-62

About the Authors, Back Cover

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pp. 63-65


E-ISBN-13: 9789956728114
Print-ISBN-13: 9789956728046

Page Count: 76
Publication Year: 2012

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