Mongo Beti

          The son of Oscar Awala and Régine Alomo, also well known as Mongo Beti, Alexandre Beyidi was born in 1932 in Akométan, a small village 10 km from Mbalmayo, itself 45 km away from Yaoundé, capital of Cameroon.
From an early age, Beti was influenced by the currents of rebellion sweeping Africa in the wake of World War II. His father drowned when Beti was seven, and he was raised by his mother and extended family. In 1945 he entered the lycée Leclerc in Yaoundé. Graduating in 1951, he came to France to continue his higher education in literature, first at Aix-en-Provence, then at the Sorbonne in Paris.
By the early 1950s, Beti had turned to writing as a vehicle of protest. He wrote regularly for the journal Présence Africaine; Because of his critical way of writing, he used Mongo Beti and Eza Boto as pseudonyms in order to escape from the torture of the colonial government.
Mongo Beti as a good writer received many prices and distinctions. Most of his novels were translated into several languages; Le pauvre Christ de Bomba (The Poor Christ Of Bomba, 1954), Mission terminee (Mission to Kala, 1957),Ville Cruelle (Cruel city, 1953), Main basse sur le Cameroun, autopsie d’une décolonisation (« Cruel hand on Cameroon, autopsy of a decolonisation », 1972.) etc…
He died on the 8th October 2001 in Douala from acute hepatic and kidney failure which remained untreated for lack of dialysis.
Nevertheless Mongo Beti, considered as the father of Cameroon’s Literature, continues to dwell in novels’ lovers spirits. As it is commonly say, ‘’An Artist Never dies’’!!!!!

Mongo Beti
Mongo Beti’s Grave