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Rock of God

Thursday 21 January 2010, author(s)-editor(s) J.K. Bannavti

Rock of God centres on a significant war that Nso fought with Bamoun in the 1880s, and which war resulted in a devastating defeat for the Bamouns. During this war, a major Nso combat rule was broken: the Sultan (king) of Bamoun was decapitated. Both local story tellers and historians have indicated that the Sultan was only supposed to be captured alive. The play explores some very compelling reasons for this violation. It mocks any attempt at categorization because the events involved are as historically relevant as they are anthropologically profound; as literarily dense as they are linguistically compelling. It surely stands on its own because it clearly combines concepts of docu-drama, morality play, classical theatre, historical drama, and much more. But beyond all else, it is great artistry that demonstrates the genius of experimentation.

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ISBN 9789956616053 | 112 pages | 203 x 127 mm | 2010 | Langaa RPCIG, Cameroon | Paperback

5 Book Reviews

  • Rock of God 21 January 2010 13:23, author(s)-editor(s) Dr Asheri Kilo

    Rock of God revitalizes the Nso language, while the use of songs and dance, poetic praise chants and proverbs culturally enrich the play.

    Dr Asheri Kilo, Technical Adviser, Ministry of Culture, Yaounde, Cameroon

  • Rock of God 21 January 2010 13:23, author(s)-editor(s) Bole Butake

    JK Bannavti reinvents both legend and myth in the deconstruction of territorial expansionism between the Momban and Bamkov (Bamun and Nso). The play is a demonstration of the fact that leadership should at all times inspire confidence, trust, courage, steadfastness... in matters of state.

    Bole Butake, Professor of African Theatre, University of Yaounde 1, Cameroon

  • Rock of God 21 January 2010 13:24, author(s)-editor(s) Dr Shey Shiyghan S. Shemlon

    Rock of God is a masterful stroke of dramaturgy that compresses both time and situation to enhance its own structural credibility.

    Dr Shey Shiyghan S. Shemlon, Nso Notable

  • Rock of God 21 January 2010 13:24, author(s)-editor(s) Dibussi Tande

    A fascinating insight into Nso mythology, history and culture… a literary chef-d’oeuvre and a reference for historians and cultural anthropologists.

    Dibussi Tande, author of No Turning Back: Poems of Freedom

  • Rock of God ...another celebration of the greatness of Ngon Nso 21 March 2011 10:09, author(s)-editor(s) Dr. Asheri Kilo

    Rock of God must be applauded as yet another celebration of the greatness of Ngon Nso. The abundance of historically valid material in this drama credits Bannavti’s account of the battle, peace and reconciliation between the Bamouns and the Banso in the 1800s. Didacticism is a defining characteristic of the play which gives it a tint of a morality play. Truth as the basis of a historical play is rife in this drama in which is drawn from a chronicle which the Tikars of Cameroon would consider factual. Bannavti uses history as a backdrop to inform the youth of the significance of our cultural and traditional past, the symbolism of the "Rock of God" and the true essence of peace, and reconciliation in a world that is torn apart by conflicts and wars.

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