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Joseph Anchangnayuoh Ngongwikuo releases ‘Taboo Love’
Novel follows tribal rituals that intertwine with young love, leaving one nation’s fate hanging in the balance.
ELKRIDGE, Md. – The late Joseph Anchangnayuoh Ngongwikuo’s parents were one of the first to convert to Western (Catholic) religion that the colonial masters introduced in Njinikom, Cameroon. His great grandfather, Anchang, grew up in Abasakom and participated in the royal traditions of the Kom people at the palace in Laikom. Thus, first hand personal experiences, stories that his father Mathias Ngongwikuo and his uncles told him, and personal trips that he made to the Kom palace during childhood and adulthood influenced Ngongwikuo to write “Taboo Love: A Novel” (published by iUniverse): a fascinating tale set in twentieth century Africa as tribal rituals intertwine with young love and leave the fate of a nation hanging in the balance.
It is the early 20th century within the northwestern savannahs of Cameroon. The infiltration of white colonialism lurks in the shadows. As the Mukomangoc tribe’s age-old customs battle to survive, no one has any idea that a rebellious virgin is about to challenge everything they have ever known. Iyafi is the only one in her family who does not consider it an honor to be chosen as a wintoc. When the king of the Mukomangocs selects her to be one of his wives, Iyafi dreads the deflowering ceremony with his Royal Highness. What no one knows is that she shares a forbidden love with her childhood friend, Jam. But when cruel chance locks Iyafi and Jam in isolated intimacies, their doom is boldly traced. While they courageously attempt to defy the outcome, their love clashes with a nation’s destiny as times and generations transform and a king is left to negotiate with the colonial intruders.
“This book’s relevance relates to giving African women the chance to choose marriage partners as Western (colonial) culture has dictated in Africa today, as opposed to parents choosing marriage partners for their children,” Ngongwikuo says.
Through the publication of “Taboo Love,” Ngongwikuo wants readers to understand how colonialism has infringed upon African cultural values when it comes to issues like marriage, religion, and education.
By Joseph Anchangnayuoh Ngongwikuo
Hardcover | 6 x 9in | 220 pages | ISBN 9781532011061
Softcover | 6 x 9in | 220 pages | ISBN 9781532002809
E-Book | 220 pages | ISBN 9781532002816
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About the Author
Joseph Anchangnayuoh Ngongwikuo was born to Kom parents in the Njinikom Valley of Cameroon. He held a bachelor’s degree in English, a master’s degree in African literature and a Ph.D. in Linguistics. Ngongwikuo was an educator for many years before his death in 1996. He is survived by his wife, Juliana Anchang; eight children; and many grandchildren.
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