Name: Tikum Mbah Azonga
Title of publication: The Cowrie Necklace (poems)
Not only does Cameroon have its own share of world poets, the country is poetry itself, considering its multiple beauty and tourist attractions. Even so, the fatherland still has its own share of troubles among which are poverty, corruption, disease, unemployment, juvenile delinquency, to name those. The Cowrie Necklace is a collection of poems on everyday life situations. As such, the collection gives the reader a bird’s-eye-view of the rhythm of daily life as it is lived by man in particular and the living things of the universe in general.
The methodology used is that which presents the specific without concealing the general. Poems are generally brief and so necessarily made to catch and retain the attention of the reader. Yet they are complex enough for the researcher looking for twists in information flow and new scientific discoveries. The poems seek to answer questions such as: Who is man? Why is he here on earth? What is government? What are the constituent parts of the universe and how does the universe relate to him? What is man’s duty and mission as a link in the chain of life? Does man really see and appreciate the beauty around him or is all he sees dross and decay?
The ultimate aim of the book is to raise the reader to the lofty and noble heights of poetry, while at the same time offering the researcher interested in the domains of poetry and life, new pathways for investigating what it is exactly like, to be part of the human poetic chain.