Un roman camerounais et les mariages entre ethnies

Ugochukwu, Francoise (1989). Un roman camerounais et les mariages entre ethnies. Epasa Moto (Cameroun), 1(1) 96 -105.


One of the traditional prejudices to be overcome in African society seems to be that tap-rooted bias against marriuage outside the tribe. It is this taboo that Mokto, a Cameroonian writer, attacked in his first novel, Ramitou mon etrangere, published in 1971. We follow the life-history of two young people, a Bamoun girl and a Bamileke boy, from the time of their first meeting to when they were comfortably settled as husband and wife. The author exposes the family prejudices against the 'foreign' wife and the cracks in the family block, analyses the concept of the 'foreigner' and affirms that mixed marriages can only succeed if two conditions are met: the couple has to be firm, and needs to go back to the extended family and the paternal village.

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