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Mission to Kala by Mongo Beti One of the most important figures in modern African letters, Mongo Beti has been called francophone Africa ;s. In Mission to Kala, Medza's colonial education makes him a privileged political and economic consequence of the situation depicted in Beti's Mission to Kala. The late Mongo Beti ( – ) ranks among Cameroon's foremost writers and Mission to Kala, although light-hearted and entertaining.
Frustrated by what he saw as the failure of post-independence governments to bring genuine freedom to Africa, Beti adopted a more radical perspective in these works.
In exile, Beti remained vitally connected to the struggle in Cameroon. Throughout the seventies and eighties, acquaintance with Beti or his work could spell trouble for a citizen of Cameroon; on numerous occasions, Beti used his connections in France to rescue one of his young readers, many of whom knew him from his periodical and his polemical essays.
Ambroise Kom, arrested merely for subscribing to Peuples noirs, was saved from incarceration by Beti's actions in France on his behalf. Final years[ edit ] In Mongo Beti returned to Cameroon , after 32 years of self-imposed exile. After retiring from teaching in , he returned to Cameroon permanently.
The goal of the bookshop was to encourage engaged literacy in the capital, and also to provide an outlet for critical texts and authors. During this period, Beti also supported John Fru Ndi , an anglophone opposition leader. He created associations for the defence of citizens and gave to the press numerous articles of protest.
The government attempted to hinder his activities. On his first return to Cameroon, police prevented him from speaking at a scheduled conference; Beti instead addressed a crowd outside the locked conference room. He was challenged at a demonstration in October In response he published several novels: L'histoire du fou in then the two initial volumes Trop de soleil tue l'amour and Branle-bas en noir et blanc , of a trilogy which would remain unfinished.
Transported to the hospital at Douala on 6 October, he died there on 8 October Work[ edit ] From beginning to end, Beti's work was informed by two principles. In terms of style, he was a realist. In a critical statement published in , he asserted that "Given the modern conceptions of the beautiful in literature, given at the very least these essential conceptions, if a work is realistic it has many chances of being good; if not, supposing even that it has formal qualities, it risks lacking resonance, profundity, that of which all literature has the greatest need — the human; from which it follows that it has much less chance of being good — if only it had some — than a realistic work.
Thematically, Beti's work is unified by an unwavering commitment to combatting colonialism, both overt and covert. Beti's aim always, even in his harsh criticism of Cameroon's independence government, was to strengthen African autonomy and prosperity.
Ville cruelle Like many first novels by African writers, Beti's first novel features a young protagonist caught between European and African cultures. Banda, the novel's protagonist, is attempting to marry the woman of his choice; he is able to do so by way of a string of improbable coincidences.
The novel is not widely read now; Beti published it under the pseudonym Eza Boto, a nom de plume he did not use later to dissociate himself from the work.
Still, the novel received praise from some critics, such as David Diop , who praised its rigorous depiction of the damage wrought by colonialism. Le pauvre Christ de Bomba Beti's breakthrough success. Written as the journal of a young priest's assistant, the novel tells the story of a missionary in the s. The priest slowly realises the futility and pointlessness of attempting to convert Africans who, as he concludes, already worshipped God in their own way.
Gerald Moore notes that in this novel, Beti has learned to use his protagonist's naivete as a tool of satire: the apprentice's simplistic reflections on his experiences with the priest "becomes the pure mirror through which we see the greed, the folly, and the tragic misunderstandings of a whole epoch in Africa's history.
He returns home expecting humiliation. Instead, he is charged with the duty of travelling to Kala, a remote village, to secure the return of a young woman who has fled her abusive, domineering husband. In Kala, Medza falls in with a group of friends his own age.
The bulk of the novel depicts a series of farcical misadventures that give Medza a deeper understanding of his own culture and of himself. The English translation is titled Mission to Kala.
The novel was well received, winning the Prix Sainte-Beuve in Wole Soyinka praised its realism, writing "Idealization is a travesty of literary truth; worse still, it betrays only immature hankerings of the creative impulse. Le Guen takes advantage of a seemingly miraculous recovery from death to convince the local Chief of Essazam to embrace Christianity.
The Chief does so zealously, but his repudiation of his many wives leads to chaos, as each jockeys for the right to be his one "true" wife. This chaos alarms both the Church and the colonial administration; at the end, Le Guen is transferred, and Essazam returns to its traditional ways.
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The characterization of the narrate personify an age that draws the line between innocence and awareness. The condition as it were in the book takes a satirical approach on how the circumstances under colonialism rule may have been.
Betis clever play on words, situations, and storylines open According to Graham a mission statement thus expresses the values of the members of the organization.
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