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On my internet travels I happened across a memorial tribute to Cameroonian writer Mbella Sonne Dipoko. I had never heard of him and was highly intrigued by his seemingly fascinating literary life. I found this tribute, titled Mbella Sonne Dipoko – The Bard Who Dared To Be Different, by Dibussi Tande, at palapalamagazine.com – another fascinating discovery in itself. The memorial begins:

Mbella Sonne Dipoko, one of the leading first generation Cameroonian writers and, without doubt, the most internationally recognized Anglophone writer, died on December 5, 2009 in his hometown of Tiko. His death not only leaves a huge void on the Cameroonian literary landscape, but also marks the end of a most storied and colorful life that began 73 years ago on the banks of the River Mungo and continued through the Southern Cameroons, Nigeria, Europe and then back to the banks of the Mungo.

Read the full epitaph here.