Spotlight On Writers
- Where, do you hail from?
- What is the greatest thing about the place you call home?
Kumba is home to my childhood memories: the beautiful streams where my friends and I used to swim and play in, the rich forest fondly called “black bush” where we used to take refuge in; enjoying its fruits and florae, the busy market where I used to help my mother in selling plantains to impatient buyers, the cocoa farms where I usually hide in to contemplate the future, the cultural richness and beauty.
Great thing about Kumba is the communal life. It’s a great feeling to live in a place where people love, care and share. You don’t need to know someone before s/he can help you. One more thing I applaud is the respect for the elderly people.
Each time I travel to Kumba, I feel its warmth, love and care; which gives me peace and happiness.
Besides Kumba, the other towns I have lived in have been very hospitable. Everywhere I go to, I leave behind a part of myself which keeps inviting me to come back. It is this feeling that makes things great: Home is everywhere. My home is a blend of cultures and languages, experiences and dreams.
- What turns you on creatively?
The desire to right wrongs by raising awareness. In a society where positive behaviours are rapidly being dumped into rubbish bins to the benefits of negative behaviours, I sit and wonder what the future has in store for us. It’s this fright that turns me on creatively to discuss the present and call for action.
I believe that if we come to the realisation that we we are our own enemies, and enemies to nature and the environment, we will do everything to redress the situation.
- What is your favorite word, and can you use it in a poetic sentence?
In the face of many words, I choose silence as my favourite because it speaks a lot to me. This word has been used in many of my poems. The poetic sentence below gives an insight on why it is my favourite:
Silence is the restless drum in our heads when our mouths are shy to truth.
- What is your pet peeve?
Well, my pet peeve is when I see people littering public or private places and turn around to admire a distant cleaner place. This irritates me a lot. It’s very common to see such people in Yaounde.
No one should expect the other to create a safer place for him/her. If you want to live in a clean and safe environment, create one for yourself and value it. Do not make your environment your victim.
- What defines Nnane Ntube?
I am a silent observer whose words make the largest noise on papers, but caress hearts with whispers of truths.
I am a fallen leaf swept by the wind into the dungeons of the mind.
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