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Searching for Bate Besong

Mbuh Tennu Mbuh

Publication Year: 2014

The future of the country in Searching for Bate Besong is compromised by irresponsible leadership, falsehoods, blind tyranny, waste, and lawlessness. Visionaries like Dockinta (a literary incarnation of Bate Besong, one of Cameroonís most fiery and revolutionary authors) who try to question or expose the status-quo are incarcerated and tortured by the brute forces of dictatorship. It however only needs the strong will and audacity, the messianic self-sacrifice and determination (which are the values Dockinta incarnates), to expose, ridicule and destroy power drunkenness. This play is sine qua non to searching for the collective memory of a community marginalized and subjugated by successive regimes of exploitation and repression. It promises the rediscovery of the dignity and destiny of an active volcano wrongfully rendered docile. The Search will liberate a people who agonized from the whips by the Germans, the hypocrisy of the British, the outright exploitation of the French and the eternal domination of La Republique du Cameroun. The search will culminate in liberating not only Cameroonians, but Africa from corruption, nepotism, tribalism, organized crime, wars and the abuse of basic human rights and freedoms.

Published by: African Books Collective

Title Page, Copyright

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Author’s Preface

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pp. iii-x

Dramatis Personae

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pp. xi-xii

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The Spark!

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pp. 1-4

The curtains pull apart to reveal a huge auditorium flushed with lights. A table draped in white cloth and three chairs. Only a few rows of seats are occupied mostly by children so that in the vast emptiness, sound is amplified in echoes. DOCKINTA appears at the entrance and is only momentarily taken aback by the vacant hall; he switches on a broad smile and strolls toward the scanty space, bowing at intervals, under the illusion of applause, lifting...

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The Blaze...

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pp. 5-48

Some two weeks later. DOCKINTA, dressed in a colourful jumpa and salah and skull-cap to match appears on stage – which is just as in previous scene – a brown folio clapped to his chest and a fibre bag slung over his left shoulder. He glances at his watch and then looks around, alarmed. Then he holds the folio between his knees and makes as if to correct his...

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The Smoulder

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pp. 49-66

[Faint light showers the stage. DOCKINTA and MBANISAH are gathered at the entrance stretching the necks to see. MARIYA has fallen asleep, supported by MAN. Lights gradually flush the whole stage] FONKHAUNASHU: [offstage, to someone] That was the last straw and for how long can we continue to spare the rod of State? And...

Back cover

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p. 67-67

E-ISBN-13: 9789956792610
Print-ISBN-13: 9789956791712

Page Count: 80
Publication Year: 2014