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June 26, 2006

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Acha

Thanks for reactivating the "In their own words" column; it has always been one of my favorites - nothing tells us more about an indvidual than their own words free of alteration or interpretation.

Dipoko the literary icon is without doubt one of the last breed of romantics, a throw-back to the 1960s. But as a politician, he was naive, myopic and entered into incomprehensible alliances.

The Poet/writer Dipoko will live for ever but Sango Mbella the politician was nothing but a meteor in the sky, to be quickly forgotten.

Watesih

Sango Mbella,your decision not to become a lawyer was nullified by your decision to become a Mayor.A Mayor is no less bureacratic than a lawyer.If you really wanted to eschew totalitarianism,you would have kept away from a Post that made you to be party to the rule by decree concocted in Yaounde.This is further aggravated by the fact that you were doing so on the ticket of the CPDM,the twin sister of Ahidjo`s CNU you abhor so much.
When you became the Cpdm watchdog some years ago,your own oratory was drowned by the desire to please your masters in Yaounde,and this was felt through your writings.You brought yourself down from the pedestal you had been raised ,to writing love peoms while our house was on fire.This drifting from a committed mind to a Cpdm bureacratic attendance dancer sent out the wrong message to those who had always looked up to you to beat the gong.
Mbella, you were very right to feel as a soldier ,but you seem to ignore the fact that the totalitarianism that you dreaded had always been nurtured by the soldiers ,who through the dreamy state you now describe assisted in some of the worst crimes against the people.You also made a good choice not to criticise Ahidjo in public ,because you were being groomed to subsequently join the choir in a later stage as Mayor .You opine that it really is not courage when one only shouts invectives from the safe distance of exile.Yeah,this is easier said than done,because when you came closer to power your courage sank and you accepted to deputise for a murderous regime.
In the West they will call you romantic,and you are carried away,but when Africans make a mockery of your unkempt beard,you say they resemble the same Westerners who make you to smile,by treating you as being romantic.Hehe!If for all the years you spent abroad the Europeans and Americans did not call you mad man,and you appreciated their uprightness,why do you treat them with disdain today,giving the impression that Africans want to be the carricatures of these Europeans you admire .If Africans are the carricatures of Europeans,you are also the carricature of nature.A carricature is not the blueprint,thats why people are making a mockery of your beard ,just as you make a mockery of their Europeaness.Nature did not create you and ask you to grow a beard to your feet.If your originality and your rejection of that which is European only ends with growing long ,unkempt beard,then your decision to go back to the University in America,after the first try in Paris,shows you are living a type of self-deception.You don`t deride the West and go to their Universities to learn the English you are now using to make a living through story-telling.
Many years ago,Bontologue discovered that the coxcom he was carrying around in Yaounde was a nightmare to children,so he got rid of it ,but still continues to be a philosopher,and still propounds his "Bontologie".In a world where appearance has become reality,people will not keep inconveniencing themselves,by accepting to take a ride with people who look like the night-in-a cave hero Ben Laden and his friend Mollah Omar.

Muchu Suh

Couldn't even bear reading it to the end. What mediocrity! Yet another loser in love with his past!

Edimo A

Sango Mbella,
It was wonderful to read this write up of yours in the part of the globe called America.

You are right with regard the underdevelopment in Southern Cameroons general and Tiko ( Tikowa) in particular but you did not suggest what we can do to catch up with the development of other part of Cameroun. Do we have to keep mute and watch our Southern Cameroons wiped out as an enttity of the world?
Those of our brothers and sisters who think you are mad because you continue to be as natural as you were born, something must be wrong with them. Most of them who spend money to bleech their complextion, do not know they are mad people.They are abusing God daily for making them black.
While I look forward for your publication about Tiko as well as your religion, remain blessed in God's glory.
Esi mo ya mboka ( independent of our nation) Esimo Esimo

PAOLO  LAURENT

freedom first, then cometh all

not untill man knows this. all achievement is vain.
man should never decieve himself, for he
is the easiest to be deieved.

GOD NEVER THROW DICE, WITH THE COSMOS.
AND HE WHO CANNOT BE TRUSTED WITH LITTLE THINGS, MUST NEVER BE TRUSTED WITH GREAT ONES.

KNOW THY SELF, AND YOU WILL BE FREE

KNOW THE TRUTH AND THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE.

IF WE MUST BE HAPPY, WE MUST FIRST KNOW OUR IDENTITY AS SOUTHERN CAMEROONIANS, NOT CAMEROUNIANS,
GENERATION COME, GENERATION GO, NOT UNTILL THIS GENERATION COULD TEACH THE MAP OF SOUTHERN CAMEROONS TO THE CHILDREN IN SCHOOL.
ALL IS WAISTED AS TIME PASSES GENTLING LIKE THE SLOW BREEZE OF THE BAY OF VICTORIA. ON AMBAS.

Kelvin Ngong Toh

I have just finished my reading of Dipoko's Black and White in Love. It is a fascinating collection where the poet blends political commitment as a watchdog and voice of the masses,so badly treated and betrayed by the new political elite of Africa and a rich song of love, romance and pornography.

Here, we can associate him as a disciple of D.H Lawrence's views and defence on pornography, issues that are still a taboo to his post independent African (and say modern) society. His talking of sex overtly may have come from his stay in Europe and America for so long and his reading of such writers as Lawrence. But, how can a writer and the custodian of African values be so easily cut off from his own values and enjoy the style of the other? That is what makes this pioneer Cameroon Anglophone novelist and poet very problematic in his writing. He, for the most part can be seen as a writer far-off from the people he talks about.

Dipoko's collection is a display of a black speaker , or poet living in the West who knows what he wants. This view makes his texts more interesting as his treatment and making his white lovers fools is just to dispel the colonial ideology of the black man's mental inferiority.

Innocent Ndifor Mancho

I read with fascination Dipoko's Rulers when I was in high school. It is one of those poems that captured the imagination of my youthful mind and ushered in that revolutinary spirit. In those youthfuk days I looked up to the likes of Dipoko as idols and icons. Alas! All I have had has been betrayal.

No matter how much Mbella Sone Dipoko may deplore the undevelopment of the Southern Cameroons (this piece was written in 1990), he betrayed me and all those who looked up to him. He became a ruler himself and danced in the chandeliers as he predicted in his poem. I hope he remembers what fate he reserved for the characters he created in that poem.

I started growing a beared and kept logs too. But after Sango became Mayor, I shaved everything because he was no longer the kind of idol I would like to associate with. What has happened to his zeal and critical writing? He's just ONE OF THEM...Failed intellectutals who have been corrupted by power and greed. He sold his voice for a seat on the council of rulers. SHAME.

UnitedstatesofAfrica

Well said Innocent Ndifor Mancho. Dipoko indeed danced to the chandeliers of that bloodthirsty regime in ETOUDI. He actively served the CPDM until his ass was fired by Biya. Biya played him the same way Ahidjo manipulated with his critics( take the sacking of Jua for example).

Putting that aside, he is a smart and intelligent man. Too bad the love fir money, often times, makes wise people do foolish things.

RODRICK LANDO

Well Rodrick Lando is mine name and all i have to unveil after reading this information is that Mr MBELLA SONNE DIPOKO is a great writer who has influenced me by his writing especialy his poem.Sop i think before i finish my unoiversity studies,i will write many poems and a novel because of this inspiration.Thanks.

RODRICK LANDO

Hello sango MBELLA,i am very very contented and greatly inspired to become a poet like you,because when i read your biography and learnt that you started studying law and economics but later on deserted it in favour of writing poems,novels and others,i was overwhelmed because it really shows you have a blessing from above.In fact,how i wish i could become what you are today?I beseech thee to continue for thy name will be ours to remember evermore.Let the almighty brighten your career once more.Fare thee well.

L.E.N.

LETS AGREE SANGO WAS RIGHT AND WRONG.
BUT CLEARLY HE WAS RIGHT BEFORE BEING WRONG NOW.
LUCKILY HE IS STILL ALIVE....IS HE?
JA. TIME TO WRITE STARIGHT ON CROOKED LINES IS YET TO ELAPSE.
RIDE ON SANGO...DO IT LIKE U DID BEFORE U DANCED THE ETOUDI TRADITIONAL DANCE.

Paul Iyowun Dip

I thick I got to get involve with the discuss having got to read about the man Chief Mbella Sonne Dipoko.
A man so close to me but yet somehow far from.
A man people wonder about yet could not understand because of the fear of his look.
A man I share so much in common but defer in faith.
Didn't know his first love was law but for his own reason backed out.
So did I but did not become a lawyer because in my short-sightedness considered all lawyers as liars.
Chief Dipoko, a man I wish to share so much with but the possibility looks so thin.
Kindly send Chief Dipoko's email ad to me if you have it.
Paul Iyowun Dip. Lagos Nigeria

cathy

oh what a sad news? Dipoko was a fine scholar and a good human being. Our country is at a great loss.

fsiele

Sango Mbella died yesterday in his native Tiko. Just got a call from a friend of mine who was at the chief's house yesterday after he was pronounced death by Dr. Ebanja. The story CPDM as mayor of Tiko. In explaining his decision to join the CPDM he is known to have quoted a biblical verse that says that all power comes from God.
Despite his political ineptitude, he still remain an icon to us Tiko people.

Lloney Monono

at your peculiar looks, some took flight
like black and white love, your fright
but you saw only an ordinary beard
which they thought it was weird
and whispered it's because of women
for you set yourself apart from ordinary men!

you toiled more than a few nights and days
in poetry, prose and comments of little praise
see, see that lawyer's white shirt
the vestige of a profession shirked
but, I wonder, what was in that black bag?
not likely a comb for the bard!

adieu Mbella! the advent star
guiding disciples of Esimo ya Mboka
to your envisioned eternity via Moboka
goodbye, Tiko-sage and proud, proud African
but, tell us, at the celestial portal are there names?
the bearded and the bald - the sane or the insane - aren't we all just the same?

mbanga

l am saddened and devastated. l did not care a damn about his political views, because people do usually deserve the leaders they have. l am saddened because of the fall of an illustrious southern cameroonian; though he did not belief in the cause, may be, due to his belly or rather beard. Adieu chief.

Vincent Wetiah

I had a lot of respect for Sango BSD, especially for his writings. He carried the banner of the Anglophone Cameroon at the forum of the African Writers series, the prestigious club where Anglophone Cameroon was vitually absent. His passing is a great loss for the literary world. May his soul rest in peace.
Vincent Wetiah

Osita Mgbendi..NJ,USA

As the zephyrs blow across the streets of Tiko and Moquo,the birds whispering,the tidal waves blowing forward and backward,a great icon whose writings inspired me so much is gone... Chief Mbella Sonne Dipoko,may your gentle soul rest in peace!

Alain Dipoko, Yabassi Boy.

You were a great man. Your thoughts shall be preserved for posterity.

Men like you were rare to come bye. May your soul rest n peace.

Edmund  Njoh

A true Sud-West legend passes away.We miss U.

Facter

Sango, you were an interesting man. Life is too short.

SMITH LOBE

In your greatness you stand like a piramid for english cameroon and for mboka(mongo) you are our hero in exile in another dimension.I still see you ask me questions agian and again if i still want to be a poet and i said yes. thanks for inspiring us your ur little scholers on education and its power.FARE WELL SANGO-a MBOKA

Maurice Wepngong

Woow,I'm impressed sir. I was also scared of the beard though, but after reading what you wrote,I think my perception changed.I love your works,"upheaval' and "rulers". Thanks.

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