The Usurper: and Other Stories

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When smooth-talking western educated Jeremiah Nana Njike visits his grandparents in rural Africa and spends time with his even smoother-talking grandfather, his seer friend and his uncle; he thinks he is only paying his respects to the old folks.

Not until the sages introduce him to a new way of life and to a path that comes with understanding the ancient culture of his people, does he start fathoming the sacredness of life as held by an ancient people. Told in rich and distinctive voices, these stories reveal the way of life of one of Africa's most distinctive people in a way that has never been known before, giving a vivid and engrossing account of their rich culture and traditions.

The Usurper: and Other Stories is written in an engaging manner for a broad readership; irrespective of region, race, culture, religion or creed. It unveils a unique perspective of traditional Cameroonian life in the context of the modern world.

These stories touch on fierce love, loyalty, kinship, betrayal, war and peace, tradition and the mysterious. And above all, they reveal the redeeming power of humanity. The listeners get involve in the story-telling with questions and remarks of their own. Written in such a way that each preceding story acts as a forerunner to the next in a smooth flow that is meant to eliminate any sense of disconnect between stories, this book full of humor and pathos imprints itself in the mind of the ready with alacrity and insightfulness.

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The Usurper and Other Stories is a collection of shorts stories that is geared for an international audience, bringing out a unique perspective of traditional Cameroonian life as it finds a place in the modern world. Jeremiah Nana Njike returns to Cameroon from his European studies and heads to his home kingdom of Bankole, in the Bamilekeland, Western province of Cameroon. He is warmly welcomed home by his possessive grandmother, enchanting female cousin, and adorable grandfather. But it is his grandfather the seer who sweeps him into the world of his times as he makes his stay in Bankole a memorable one. Nana Njike is given a treat by his grandfather's seer friend and finds himself enchanted by his grandmother's cousin.

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Western-educated and smooth-talking Jeremiah Nana Njike visits his grandparents in rural Africa and spends time with his even smoother-talking grandfather and his seer friend. The two old men entertain him with stories where:

1. The son of a prince maneuvers his way to become the new king; and then tries to convince everyone that he is his predecessor's brother, which makes him the son of his predecessor's father. But is he of royal blood? (The Usurper).

2. A feared and respected juju buckles under the threat of a mad cow, even though it is supposed to have the powers to crush anything and anybody on its path. (Ngoko's Folly).

3. A clan head abuses his position, misuses the wealth that has been passed down from generation-to-generation; but cries out in the world after, when his angry ancestors judge him. (The Verdict of Hades)

4. The jaded womanizer loses the woman of his heart even though he had her in his hand, after she asked for divorce from her husband. He rues afterwards as other men raise his children born by the women he was fond of. (The Oaf).

5. A king accused of marrying off his unhappily-married grand-daughter to his notable, appears in an administrative court and tries to maintain his dignity with claims that kings have the sole right to dispose of the first born daughters of their sons to marriage. (His Majesty's Trial)

6. A young king faces a layman of another realm in court over claims that the king took away his sister's child from her conjugal home. (The Dowry)

7. The abandoned Billy recounts his story to the Grand Master about an affluent life lived and about betrayal experienced in the hands of his parents. (I am Hated)

The Usurper: and Other Stories is written in an engaging manner that gives a vivid and engrossing account of the way of life of a unique people and culture. These stories touch on fierce love, loyalty, kinship, betrayal, war and peace, tradition and the mysterious. And above all, they reveal the redeeming power of humanity. The listeners involve in the story-telling with questions and remarks of their own. The book is setup in such a way that each preceding story acts as a forerunner to the next in a smooth flow that is meant to eliminate any sense of disconnect between stories. It is full of humor and pathos.

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