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Solomon Amabo.

Congratulations.
An incredible achievement.A true mentor.one who spends his active energy in libraries.unmaterialistic and identifies himself always with the masses e.g.during the launching of the Achimgbe Trilogy in Amphi 750 of the University of Buea,eaaly 2004,BB was asked by the MC to take his right place at the high table,from the audience.his courage in crying foul where ever there is injustice makes him an epitome of justice.a true patriot who is still yet,but would be recognised by those who know the virtues of conscience.
To God be the Glory for his endeavours and achievements.

MBAH EMMANUEL CHESAMI

More power to your elbows Dr.B B.Keep up the good writing skills that you have and do as much as you can to be our Wole Soyinka,Chinua Achebe,Ralph Waldo Emerson et al of Cameroon.The pens runs and laughs in your hands and it should always run and at all times deespite the threats that you may have either from the regime of the Njeumas who may want to Njeumamaniac you not to inform the public or leave behind a Legacy that chirubins/Angels will report back to the creator that he did his part of the work.
I give you hug for you erudite and clear spirits and will pray you to continue and to bring to Cameroon writers the fame older generations were unable to bring but for Fonlon that you are emulating.You may not be so philosophical as Fonlon but your approach is luring and compelling to all readers of good literature.Keep up your narrative style,for it is the tool that you have to build a mansion with and don't despair for if the fall-out of your sweat are not trigging in.Book reading culture will gradually enter Cameroon and when it shall finally arrive Cameroon you will not regret about what you have in black and white.I will again,wish to advice you,to keep strong copyright of all that you have written so far.this will enable you enjoy fully ripe fruits of your labour and hig sense of writing.
Dr.B B Bravo to you and to all Cameroon writers.
If there is any one thing English speakers of Cameroon should be proud of,it is nothing but the legacy of Dr.Bernard Nsukika Fonlon.The creation of a Fonlon-Society is not the best we can do,what we as English speaker, proud of what he did,the way he did and how he did all that he did,is to implant a culture of transcendence to young Cameroonians.I will exhort Dr.Bate B.(Beast of no Nation Fame) to continue writing as he is doing but should rather be simple and communicative.His language sometimes is too hard for intermediate scholars or the common man.
Those who champion The Fonlon Legacy now,should make available what he left unpublished to the young generation who are desirous to read about this intellectual iconery and strong sight and his communicative philosophies that make us proud.Most of his publications are dog's tears nowadays.I will call on you running in his footprints to make public all that he wrote.
I will particularly thank Dr.Bate B for the handling his pen the way he is doing it.let the pen run and laugh in his hands as many times as he can make it possible.It is not good to appeciate somebody as Late Fonlon said,in one of his books that,Appreciation is a form of corruption.I don't want to corrupt the former for the eloquent publications he has to his credit but to give him a pat on his back for doing something in black and white.
Not a digression but compliment along the route paved by Dr.Fonlon,Dr.Bate B is running on the right track.I will call on BB as he is fondly called to even too critical about the ills of society and not be afraid to be fired for his opinion.The best way to gain fame is by writing and to castigate what ever ills you see,so that tomorrow will say,there once was a BB who saw what he saw and wrote just what he saw even though was rewarded by torture and threats to life,limb and liberty.
i would like to appeal to you the precursors of The Fonlon Society/Legacy to uphold it very strongly and to bequeath to posterity a larger one than he did,the way he did it

WALTA BALCKSON

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 GIDEON BARFEE

DEAR BB
STYLE,STYLE.il miggliore fabbro!thematics aside, i savour ur poetics...the profusion of that verbal alchemy brewed by a maestrochef from the simmering profundities of pots of eclectic rareties and skills,laying the banqettable of our literary famine,erstwhile, with goldmounds of most exotic delicacies paralleled solely with the fetished staple of Soyinka`s cuisine!
Truly,u ve, stylistically,been labelled obscurantist;but if it is out of their sloth and mediocrity then it is a literary sin.i conjecture u respect the intelligence of ur public and seek, understandably, to challenge and uplift the intelligence of ur students so they can de equipped with the sophistication enuff to resist the mammoth, heartless compressor-machines of a new,unaltruistic millenium webbed and barbed with hypercomplexities and veneered realities,insuperable by the facile choices!
I RESPECT UR UNIQUE,PERSONALLY MATURE VOICE.BEYOND EVEN MESSAGE,STYLE REMAINS AS ENDURING AS THE SOUL...LET IT CASCADE...

TCHASSEM   Louis-Tiburce

Father BB, MAY God adds your life time on this earth so that through your writings,you succeed in delivring us, young camerounians who have a very dark future and do not know what our corrupted life would be.
I wish you the best.
YOUR STUDENT

Likeufack Alex

Juste pour saluer le talent d'un ecrivain qui parle pour le peuple qu'il connait bien, et aussi pour encourager les ecrivains camerounais à suivre son exemple. BB,O BOSO!!!!
Un admirateur.

bita'a menye

Je profite de cette occasion pour vous présenter mrs voeux de santé,de bonheur et de paix pour l'année 2005.A vous ,le champion de la justice et de la vérité.Vous ètes un maitre et celui qui dira le contraire est un fouGod bless you.Votre étudiant.

tagne t.joseph

c'est un plaisir pour moi docteur,de lire a travers tes chefs d'euvres ton engagement.j'admire votre engagement a critiquer fermement non seulement la societe camerounaise,mais aussi la societe africaine.vous devriez etre un exemple pour les jeunes ecrivains,c'est a dire combatre le vice par tous les moyens.recevez docteur,tous mes veux les plus meilleurs pour la nouvelle annee et que cette annee vous donne plus d'energie pour combatre les dechets qui minent la societe africaine.
courage docteur
un admirateur

Samuel Tabe

Sir you inspired me a lot in literature. I am very proud of you. Presently I am working on a novel titled 'The Prostitute who loved me' It will be an honour for me to have you read through my work.
Below are my contact No 27729521883.
God bless you.
Tabe.

cjeub

Juste pour saluer le talent d'un grand écrivain et lui témoignerl'admiration que nous avons à son écart .Nous souhaiterons si possible recevoir des conseils de lui en tant que jeunes écrivains passionnés de la litterature africaine et de l'écriture.une bonne fête de pâque à vous cher professeur BB.
Club des Jeunes Ecrivains de l'Université de
Buea.

loretta

Sir I would like to know what you think about the Arrow of God and do you know Professor Achebe? If so would you tell him a young man he knows needs him, he can contact me for info

Takha Eyenni Nelson,745.85.69 Douala

Great is your name Dr.Bate Besong and excellent are your works.Your wonderful web site speaks it all. Good for reseach,strong cultural values,great personalities of our time, it equally carries lots of historical material and lots of other useful sites which happen to over-lap.
Congratulation brother and may success always come your way.

EBANGHA BATE ACHALE

JUST LIKE THE FUEL STEAMS THE ENGINE OF A CAR, SO YOU STEAM CRITICAL REASONING WITHIN THE FEW YOUNG CAMEROONIANS WHO ARE BLESSED TO KNOW YOU. WITH YOUR PEN YOU BUILD AN IRONED OUT CAMEROON. JUST AS FLIES SETTLE ON THE TABLES IN "THEIR" OFFICES,SO SHALL THESAME FLIES SETTLE ON THE WITHERED PIECES OF THIER CARCASSES WHEN LEFT TO COOK IN THE SUN AS MEAT FOR STRAY DOGS.WE LOOK UP TO YOUR IDEAL TYPE OF CAMEROON. REMAIN UNBENDABLE!

BARA MARK

INFACI I LACK THE WORDS TO SAY SO BUT MY ONLY PRAYER FOR U IS THAT YOUR LIFE HERE ON EARTH SHOULD BE TRIPPLE,IF U R SUPPOSE TO LIVE HERE ON EARTH FOR 100YRS U WILL LIVE FOR 300 YEARS AND STILL BE STRONG AS IN YOUR YOUTHFUL AGE,OH HOW I WISH YOU WERE MY DAD,GOD BLESS YOU DR.,NO PROF.BATE BESONG

ARREY  divine


Just to thank and encourage u for the good work u have been doing and to pray to God to grand u long life.
Divine
LeveL 300 ENG/ FRE
UB

ARREY  divine


Just to thank and encourage u for the good work u have been doing and to pray to God to grand u long life.
Divine
LeveL 300 ENG/ FRE
UB

Enerst Tata

thanks for the wonderful work you are doing there in Buea.Though not a student of literature, I have often been proud of you.I love listenning to you.
Keep up BB.

Bajie Besong

Hello Bate, This is Bajie i am your relative in philadelphia just saying i like your page

Joseph Mbu

Oh! Cameroon!
When will we ever have enough time to enjoy our icons?
Bate Bessong was one of those the nation came to revere. His abilities have not yet been replicated among our literary universe, therefore his death leaves an enormous vacuum to fill.
Bro, Good bye until we one day meet again in another world.
It pains to see you depart us so prematurely.
Joseph mbu

Maurice Atem

The news of Dr. Bate Besong brought shame to the cold hands of death this morning. Yet, death itself did not feel the shame, pretending to not know the harm and loss its taking away Dr. Bate Besong from Cameroon will bring to its people. Dr. Bate Besong, one of the greatest minds Cameron has produced was a great mind that used his pen and intellectual philosophy to fight for the oppressed. We will live to remember and miss Dr. Bate Besong.
Maurice Atem

Anwi Mimi

Did I hear someone say "oh death where is your sting?" BB's death is indeed an extremely painful sting. Till we meet again Master, may God keep you in the palm of His hands.Meanwhile, your fruits live on.Adieu great one.

Gwetang Jacques Domvala

Bate Besong, fondly referred to as 'a writer as a tiger'constituted a symbol of hopes for the culture of anglo-saxon literary education in Cameroon.A critic,poet & playwright has created a big vacuum within the academic family following his untimely death. A fountain of knowledge has suddenly gone dry. What a set-back especially to the down-throdden. BB, It's now that your world view as a prism of paradoxes clearly comes to light. May this big brain rest in perfect peace.

Ngeh Cosy

Oh!Edea!Edea! again
That snare at Edea ensnared BB. When will this trap at Edea parole of men of fame,the baobab has fallen,who next? i carry chill in my heart, oh God have mercy and give them eternal rest.

Ngeh Cosy

Oh!Edea!Edea! again
That snare at Edea ensnared BB. When will this trap at Edea parole our men of fame,the baobab has fallen,who next? i carry a chill in my heart, oh God have mercy and give them eternal rest.

Andong Akofu

Actually the events of that dreadful day sent shocks of waves into my spine. Bate Besong, the literary critic, who rode the fiery blazing chariot of contemporary ills that set the perpetrators of our present regimes most abominable acts into a state of panic and anguish like a disilussioned and poorly equiped medieval army.
And to think that BB had made his last journey with his bossom friend and son, his academic protege Dr Ambe Hilarious heightens Disillusionment. Atleast the son would have stayed on earth, to educate more people on the Besongisms. Does his mean that BB left no trail to continue on his philosophies and literary ideas?
i think the answer lies in the hearts of those thousands of students who have been privileged to be thought by another Africa's Wole Soyinka, Chinua Achebe, and Ngugi Wa Thiongo. If his words actually did stimulate the mind and called for a change, then his legacy must be kept aglow. It is disheartening to think that the Cameroon Anglophone literary village has lost a baobab and an Iroko at the time when literary awareness is on the rise. A genuine intellectual campaign which began with Fonlons ABBIA, then slumbered as a result of the overbearing attitude of the French speaking Cameroonians.
BB your passing away reminds me of Shakespeares extract from Macbeth.
"Out Out Brief Candle
Life's but a walking shadow
A poor player on stage that struts and frets upon the hour..."
You have gone ahed of us but your legacy would forever remain as a source of our inspiration. Dr Ambe, it is sad to think that you went away so fast with your mentor. If the concept of life was fairly proportionate, then it meant you would have had another life after BB to effectively sow your collective wisdom here on earth.
But we are mortals and so cannot question the gods. Maybe you have been called up to other duties of profane literature in the Celestial Academy.

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