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The Raped Amulet

2008, author(s)-editor(s) Sammy Oke Akombi

An extraordinary story of a young man from Africa who tries hard to reconcile the ways he had grown up with, and those he was experiencing in his host country - Great Britain. The story is set in Coventry, in the English Midlands and is told by Dion Ekpochaba, a postgraduate student at the University of Warwick. Dion, fresh from his motherland, Cameroon, loses an amulet, a cherished heritage of his ancestry and becomes desperate about the loss. He meets an elderly English man, Tom Jones who makes a startling revelation: the amulet had just been desecrated by his dog and thrown into the depths of a lake in the campus. Dion became so flabbergasted that Tom Jones thought he might have gone out of his mind. The two strangers tried to understand each other to no avail. However, the misfortunes of time turn the tides, resulting in a friendship, which provides grounds for mutual understanding and respect for each other’s ways.

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ISBN 9789956558247 | 124 pages | 203 x 127 mm | 2008 | Langaa RPCIG, Cameroon | Paperback

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  • BOOK REVIEW: The Raped Amulet 26 May 2009 00:43, author(s)-editor(s) Azore Opio

    Sammy Oke Akombi’s "The Raped Amulet" is a rendition of culture shock. It describes the life at the crossroads of two entirely divergent worlds with equally incompatible values.

    There is the superstitious world of tribal Africa incarnated in the black young man, Dion Ekpochaba, of the amulet and the gods, and the new world of the Tom Joneses creeping with bestiality, incongruous appetites and incorrigible immorality as perceived by Dion.

    Akombi gives us the truth about two cultures caught up in a tremendous destiny of belief and conviction; communalism and individualism and so on. Cultures in disparity. Dion finds himself in an entirely different cultural and social environment, almost irreconcilable with his rural background. He enjoys no honeymoon.

    He soon learns that in the English Midlands, it is acceptable for man to have sex with man; for woman to sleep with woman. Dion himself has to contend with sexual harassment from fellow men; a thing unthinkable in his native Cameroon.

    Dion also learns with shock that Jones is in love with his "wife" Lisa Amstrad, the computer, and that the old man cares less about women. His transit through anxiety, surprise, disorientation, confusion, emotional discomfort with the English culture and customs begin when he loses his amulet in the lake. With all his hopes resting in the magic amulet that seemed to be working in the interest of his people, Dion is devastated by its loss.

    But Akombi is writing about more than just people and culture. He tells of the grim brutality of the HIV scourge. The stigma is perhaps overplayed but then there is still hope and life even in the cruel and violent disease. In fact, at one point, the central theme is overtaken by HIV. And Akombi uses it skilfully to portray the two different cultures and their different values.

    With well calculated flashbacks, the author brings into focus events and issues that give more tone to the central theme; for example, the different perception and handling of a thing such as HIV by Dion’s people and Jones’ people.

    All this notwithstanding, both Dion and Tom Jones finally find good ground for friendship and understanding, that could be translated into making the world a better place to be.