The Hill Barbers
Crafted in a colourful, razor-sharp blend of poetry and prose, The Hill Barbers depicts the wanton destruction of water catchments in most communities in Africa. This is inextricably linked to the traditional practice of shifting cultivation, motivated largely by farmers' struggle to acquire more arable farmland to meet the needs of their rapidly growing families. The immediate consequence is acute water shortages, with obvious health and economic implications. Agro-forestry and other soil management techniques are subtly proposed as practical measures to effectively address the issue of shifting cultivation and the associated problem of encroachment into the delicate water catchments.
"The Hill Barbers is a truly inspiring and accessible piece that reflects the author's commitment to environmental protection. Its simplicity of language and structure, makes it appropriate for community sensitisation." Owona Ebambou, Sociologist, WWF Coastal Forests Programme
"A reservoir of rare artistic excellence embellished with local colour and linguistic elegance, The Hill Barbers provides a wide-spectrum dish that contains both prophylactic and therapeutic ingredients aimed at addressing environmental degradation. Muwanki Abinwi Numfor, Department of English, University of Buea
"Though Ekpe Inyang is best known as a prolific playwright, The Hill Barbers portrays him as a seasoned poet" Dr Henry K. Jick, Department of English, University of Buea
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Characters in the Play In Order of Appearance
acute water Africa animals background barbing beats blasphemy blast of drumbeats blast of drums brief display clapping clear communicative drumbeats crescendo cutlass darkness debt deforestation derisive laughter display of communicative dressed drumbeats mellow Drumbeats rise Ekpe Inyang EMANGA and MESAMBE Emmanuel Extricate EYAMBE and TABI Facing the audience farmer farms fast feed fight forest forest landscape GRADUAL FADEOUT hear heat Hill Barbers land left shoulder Loudly Magic Shrub Mankon,Bamenda Mankon,Bamenda Mankon,Bamenda masked DRUMMERS melodious MESAMBE Amen MESAMBE look Mother Earth NDONGEBIDEMU and NTUNGWA picture Poems potent tool problems Publishing CIG Research Research & Publishing rhythm Rock Hill roll SANGU NGOE Facing shifting agricultural short pause sigh Siphon spellbound stands stop abruptly stop the destruction story sudden blast sudden throb suddenly TABI Yes tell throb of drums tone traditional ugly sore ululating walking stick war drumbeats warriors water catchment What’s whisper wild wild dance Wise women young