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Mbella Sonne Dipoko
The Cameroonian Anglophone novelist, poet,
and painter Mbella Sonne Dipoko represents
the first generation of Anglophone
Cameroonian novelists and is still considered,
along with Kenjo Jumbam as one of the
foremost writers of Anglophone Cameroonian
literature.
He was born 1936 in Douala, Cameroon and died December 5,
2009 in Tiko.
He joined the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation in 1958 as a
news reporter but lived in France since 1960. He studied Law
for a time at Paris University.…read more

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Our History
to pre-colonial Africa
And the waves arrived.
Swimming in like hump-backed divers
With their finds from far-away seas.
Their lustre gave the illusion pearls
As shorewards they shoved up mighty canoes
And looked like the carcass of drifting whales.
And our sight misled us
When the sun's glint on the spear's blade
Passed for lightning
And the gun-fire of conquest
The thunderbolt that razed the forest.
So did our days change their garb
From hides of leopard skin
To prints of false lions
That fall in tatters
Like the wings of whipped butterflies.…read more

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Poem Background
Our History by Mbella Sonne Dipoko is a poem
about the fierce Western invasion of Africa.
Dipoko is African which explains why the
poem is written with a bitter and angry tone
from the African point of view.…read more

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FIRST STANZA
THE ARRIVAL OF THE
COLONIZERS
AND THE WAVES ARRIVED
SWIMMING IN LIKE HUMP-BACKED DIVERS
WITH THEIR FINDS FROM FAR WAY FINDS
THEIR LUSTRE GAVE THE ILLUSION OF PEARLS
AS SHOREWARDS THEY SHOWED UP IN MIGHTY CANOES
AND LOOKED LIKE THE CARCASS OF DRIFTING WHALES…read more

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Colonizers
AND THE WAVES ARRIVED
Waves= powerful. They sweep
Metaphor: wave
in and destroy then drag
of people
everything back with them…read more

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