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A Nose for Money

by Francis B. Nyamnjoh

Set in the fictional and reluctantly bilingual land of Mimbo in contemporary Africa, this story revolves around the tragedy of the haunting Prospère, a semi-literate Mimbolander who is searching for the finer things in life. The novel presents a graphic picture of the frustrations engendered by a society that values wealth over love.

The author interweaves traditional African culture and modern politics to compellingly capture the urban African psyche.

ISBN 9789966254276 | 212 pages | 216 x 140 mm | 2006 | East African Educational Publishers, Kenya | Paperback


eBook ISBN: 9789956790579


"Francis B. Nyamnjoh's A Nose for Money is a uniquely detailed presentation of the causes and consequences of political instability in Mimboland (Cameroonian) society since Re- Unification. The society that is depicted is one that can only breed diseased and demented leaders...Nyamnjoh exposes his sharp and resolute concern for the fate of Mimbolanders groaning under a tottering but oppressive socio-political structure. Captured in a farcical and even absurdist style, A Nose for Money is a serious study of social maladjustment and political power."

Bate Besong

"A Nose for Money depicts the trajectory of life, particularly for Africans living in the West and Central region of the continent. The struggle from grass to grace and its concomitant travails is well demonstrated in this fictional piece on Prospere whose quest for wealth is something that is non-negotiable and a 'must- have'. The underlying thread and currency for purchasing power, influence and recognition as the book illustrates is wealth –physical financial and material wealth. You are somebody only if you are prosperous in material terms and nobody otherwise."

Ecoma Bassey Alaga

“…heir to a long line of witty satires on social life, especially out of Cameroon, …there is a certain affinity with Mongo Beti and Ferdinand Oyono which marks this book as out of Cameroon”

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OSSREA Bulletin

" wouldn't be inappropriate to say that Cyprian Ekwensi's Lajide in "People of the City" would serve as the most appropriate school master to Nyamnjoh's Prospére because he is the stuff of which modern polygamists should be made."

The Post, Cameroon



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