In its second issue, Palapala magazine, the newly created Pan-African e-journal of culture, strikes gold with a special on Cameroonian literature in English.
This rich and diverse issue includes a toast to the late poet/playwright Bate Besong by Africa's leading poet, Niyi Osundare; Chinua Achebe's appeal to Anglophone Cameroon writers to find - and tell - the story of their marginal and marginalized condition; playwright Bole Butake's dilemma of either dealing with the hardships Cameroon or going into exile;
storyteller Makuchi's National public radio interview on re-appropriating folk tales of her native Beba; novelist Rosemary Ekosso's interview which focuses on feminism, religion, the state of Cameroon literature, among other things; Shadrach Ambanasom's keynote address at the first EduArt awards for Cameroonian literature in English; Joyce Ashuntantang's tribute to literary Kenjo Jumbam, etc.
This issue, which has a guest editorial by Dibussi Tande, also includes short stories and poems from emerging and established Cameroon English-speaking writers such as Dipita Kwa, Lloney Monono, JK Bannavti, Donna Forbin, Peter Vakunta and B'abila Mutia.
For decades, critics lamented about the "dearth of literary creativity in Anglophone Cameroon". This issue of Palapala shows, if need be, that there is an ongoing literary renaissance West of the Mungo - or East of Bakassi, to use Palapala's preferred term.
A big thumbs up to Cameroonian poet and Palapala founding editor, Kangsen Wakai, and his team for a magnificient tribute to the "literature of the hunchback"!
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