Literary Birthday – 17 March – Patrice Nganang

Happy Birthday, Patrice Nganang, born 17 March 1970.


  1. There are stories that don’t need a plot. Sooner or later they rise above the confusion and untangle their mysteries in a series of sentences.
  2. There are many ways to write about Africa, but talent remains the compass.
  3. For a writer is a whisperer before being a storyteller. Remember, a book can say to its reader: You simply have no obligation to accept the bullshit you are presented with. Remember that you have in you an inner strength that can defeat all the odds you see before you. Remember that the evil you see displayed under the sun is manufactured, and you can easily obliterate it the moment you apply against it an equal force housed in the good.
  4. Writing enchants people’s souls by reverberating in them the multiple stories not yet lived, by resurrecting the tamed potentials of each one of us. It does so by showing a reader that one is never ever alone.
  5. There is no beauty in despair, but the ability of the human spirit to transcend a history of domination is a flash of sunlight.

Patrice Nganang is a Cameroonian writer, poet, and teacher. He was educated in Cameroon and Germany and awarded a Ph.D. in comparative literature at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University. He is the author of Mount Pleasant. He was expelled from Cameroon in 2017 after he wrote an article criticising the government. He is currently a literature professor at New York’s Stony Brook University.

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 by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 17th March 2018