A Basket of Kola Nuts

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African Books Collective, 2009 - Poetry - 71 pages
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Bold, original and stimulating in its inspirational insights, A Basket of Kola Nuts explores Cameroonís cultures as remarkable pivots of moral rectitude and such sickening vicious-circles as bribery and corruption. Ethnically grass-rooted and globalizing rather than alarmingly exotic and exclusive, this poetic diction of form-content aims at revitalizing its material contents to sever it from extinction and revamp cultural values that break the patience of silence to question deviation rather than the concrete interface of cultural identities and differences. Uprightly appealing, this poetry gathers kola seeds that fall apart in crisis to invite readers world-wide to taste its kolaly aroma.
  

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Contents

Patterns of Kola Nut Baskets UpsideDown
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A Kola Nut of Life
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Ad Lib Kola Baskets
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Baskets of Kola Nuts
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Prologue
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II
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III
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Baskets of Kola Nuts
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Open Kola Nut Baskets
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An Open Kola Nut Basket
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Patterns of Open Kola Nut Baskets
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Epilogue
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A Change of Heart
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Lessons of Tears
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Relics and Reins
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Mistakes
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Etudi
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A Teachers Dream
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On the Laps of Hills
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The Hidden Truth
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Who Wins?
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Our First Aid Boxes
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Glossary of Notes and Explanations
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