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Takumbeng and Other Poems from Abakwa

by Peter W. Vakunta

Takumbeng and Other Poems from Abakwa is a tribute to the Takumbeng in Cameroon. This collection of poems celebrates the prowess of the Takembeng, a militant female secret society in the Northwest Region of Cameroon. The poems address human rights violations, rape of democracy, misgovernment, and other forms of societal ills that plague post-colonial Cameroon. It is written in impeccable Standard English. The strength of the book resides in the vastness of the thematic terrain broached.

ISBN 9789956762408 | 188 pages | 203 x 127mm | 2015 | Langaa RPCIG, Cameroon | Paperback



“Like Terrance Hayes or Jim Daniels, the poetry of Peter Wuteh Vakunta is as interested in political action and awareness as it is with rote imagery. In this standout collection of poems, Vakunta takes the Takumbeng and transforms their concerns into our own. By collection’s end, Vakunta is left revealed as a chronicler of a rich and lyrical history.”

Dr. Salvatore Pane, author of Last Call in the City of Bridges, is Professor of English at the University of Indianapolis



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