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Bongasu Tanla Kishani on Nsah Mala’s Bites of Insanity

Wednesday 6 May 2015

Nsah Mala’s Bites of Insanity catches my tastes, precisely my mind’s eyes, by its grace of originality. It spells what Contemporary Cameroon Poetry can do, once it strikes a balance between extremes of every sort. For, Bites of Insanity sets the tone language of its composition to affect every grammatical and cultural unit, if not every concrete item, in an enriching and insightful manner. Mala’s poetry is as creatively dense as the fathomless and uncountable items that nature unfolds before our human minds and senses. Many will lean a lot as I have done from this outstanding collection that cries not only for the “Wreathed of the Earth” in and of his “Beloved Country,” and the world at large, but also for executing our human justice at best in time. This work merits more than an award; it should actually become a pedagogical textbook in most of our African and Cameroon institutions of learning, especially as it strikes a balance between cultural interplays of creativity and humour, universal exigencies and contemporary tastes and needs, within his own bamboo pin like a soòya our vendors stitch for us to buy, eat and quench our taste of hunger in life à la Camerounaise.

—Bongasu Tanla Kishani, PhD, Writer and Retired Professor
Yaoundé, 04 May 2015

You can access the collection via this link: http://www.langaa-rpcig.net/Bites-of-Insanity.html