Sankie Maimo, one of the foremost English speaking writers in Cameroon, has died. He died on September 4, 2013 at the St. Elisabeth hospital Shisong in the Northwest Region of Cameroon - a monumental loss for Cameroon Anglophone literature. Find below Maimo's biography written by Joyce Ashuntantang and I, which apppeared in the French language daily Le Jour in October 2008 as part of a series on writers from English-speaking Cameroon.
In 1959, Sankie Maimo (born in 1930), published the first known work of fiction by an Anglophone Cameroonian with the Ibadan University Press in Nigeria titled I am vindicated. Maimo’s later works include a children's book titled Adventuring with Jaja (1962), Sov-Mbang the Soothsayer (1968), The Mask (1970), Succession in Sarkov (1981), Sasse Symphony (1989) and Retributive Justice (1992).
Sov-Mbang the Soothsayer was the first English book ever published by Editions CLE, the main publisher in Cameroon for several years. In fact, CLE did not publish another book by an Anglophone Cameroonian for nearly three decades. The lack of access of Anglophone writers to CLE is one of the reasons why Anglophone Cameroon literature failed to develop at the same pace with Francophone literature.