Literature: the Cameroonian writer Djaïli Amadou Amal wins the Orange Book Prize in Africa

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"Munyal, Tears of Patience" by Cameroonian writer Djaïli Amadou Amal won the first Orange Book Prize in Africa on Wednesday. A poignant novel that unveils the status of women in the Sahel.  

For its first edition, the Orange Book Award in Africa on Wednesday, May 22 rewarded "Munyal, the tears of patience" (ed.) Of Cameroon's Djaïli Amadou Amal. With this third novel, after "Walaande, the art of sharing a husband" and "Mistiriijo the soul-eater", the writer breaks taboos again by revisiting her favorite themes: early and forced marriage, polygamy and women's rights.

This book recounts the fate of 17-year-old Ramla, torn from her love to be forcibly married to Alhadji Issa, a rich and already married man. Hindu, his sister of the same age, is forced to marry Mubarak, his cousin, alcoholic, drugged and violent. Safira, 35, the first wife of Alhadji Issa, sees for her a very bad eye the arrival in his home of the young Ramla, she wants to see repudiated.

When everyone wishes to oppose the decisions that men, husbands, fathers or uncles impose on them, only one advice is given to them: "Munyal", which means patience. This Read more....cardinal virtue of Peul culture French vision , taught from an early age and repeated at the wedding, is a form of assignment to any supporter, including the worst violence. Constraints of obeying this injunction to the point of putting themselves in danger, these women become what society expects of them. Traditions, superstitions, and religious interpretations drive them to submission.

"A strong, sincere, rebellious voice"

The jury of this first edition consisted of Michèle Rakotoson (Madagascar), Elizabeth Tchoungui, Kouam Tawa (Cameroon), Fawzia Zouari (Tunisia), Mohamed Mbougar Sarr (Senegal), Yvan Amar, Valérie Marin La Meslée, and Nicolas Michel, novelist and journalist, responsible for the Culture pages of

Young Africa. President of the jury, the Ivorian writer and poet Véronique Tadjo hailed a novel and "a strong, sincere, rebellious voice, served by a language that carries its culture"

Source: jeuneafrique.

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