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Chopchair

Saturday 27 February 2010, author(s)-editor(s) Linus Asong

The extremely irritable and quick-tempered chieftain, Akendong II has 14 children, all girls, and is saddened by the fact that he has no chopchair, a male heir to his throne. Then news comes to him that his favourite wife has given birth to a pair of twins, boys. He is even more angered by the fact that he has two heirs, a source of trouble for his kingdom. To avoid his wrath, his councillors change the story, sending away one of the boys to grow in hiding.

Learning of the truth about his birth 15 years afterwards, the prince in hiding returns, kidnaps the palace prince and demands his full share of the kingdom.

His will is done, but at a very great cost to the chief’s peace of mind and relationship with his people. This is by far the shortest of Asong’s novels and the least complicated by comparison. But the conflicts, the hallmarks of his art are still there, so also is his breathtaking suspense.

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ISBN 9789956616138 | 100 pages | 203 x 127 mm | 2010 | Langaa RPCIG, Cameroon | Paperback