A collection of 43 poems divided into six chapters in 165 pages through which the autor «sings» the troubles and travails of exile – be it forced or voluntarily- since it always means uprooting from familiar settings and environment, as well as disappointed hopes, lost illusions, dreams and loves, since the exilee can hardly control circumstances in which he or she lives.
His past is always present, his present full of pain and anguish, his future uncertain, although the first motivation for going into exile is the «pursuit of life, liberty and happiness» as the American Constitution aptly states.
«Modam» is how they pronounce the word «Madam» somewhere deep in a continent that may as well be Africa. It doesn’t mean the same in English, only the way a woman of high standing is called. The novel is about the fight by two women for self-determination and emancipation through education before, during and after the colonization of their country. This goes against traditional norms, for which a woman’s worth is measured according to the amount of the dowry she can, the domestic work she is destined to for the rest of her life, and the number of children she will bear. The novel is also about the challenges of intercultural relations in a deeply divided and antagonistic context, cultures meeting, clashing or mixing through individuals, despite differences and misunderstandings.
Dictatorships under Democratic Assault. Part IBefore Montesquieu and «The Spirit of Laws»: Rethinking Governance in so-called «Democratic Republican States»
For long, the pillars of State Governance have been set through the classical three Estates as thought of, and formalized by the English political philosopher John Locke, his French counterpart Montesquieu.
These estates are the Legislative, Executive and Judicial Branches. Governance comes into play through the constant and balanced interactions of these Estates, acting as equal power centres in the political scene.
N.B. The last two parts of my essay in governance have already been written and manuscripts under review.
They will be submitted to publishing companies as soon as they are ready.
Dictatorships under Democratic Assault. Part IICase studies in Bad Governance
This will be a thorough internal analysis of the governance structures, practices and consequences in specific countries, mainly in Africa. Although they have fully embraced the trappings and appearence of the classical State model from top to bottom, there is no concrete balance of powers.The very existence of these supposedly competing and complementary power centres can reasonably be put into question, apart from that of the all too-powerful, so-called «Executive» deciding on everything and accountable to nobody, and that of the Military; their actual independence is also in serious doubt. Consequently, bad governance manifests itself in all its negative aspects on citizens’ daily lives, with patrimonial policies that arbitrarily favor a few cronies while impoverishing many, poor public policies and service delivery in essential sectors such as infrastructures, health, agriculture and livestock breeding, education, water, sanitation, provision of electricity, etc.
Dictatorships under Democratic Assault. Part IIICameroon: Pathways towards a better governed future
The third and last part of this essay on governance will consist of applying the new perspective previously developed beyond the classical Locke and Montesquieu theory in one particular case, that of Cameroon, a country that has become an illustrative case of the pervasive powers of the Executive and of the powerlessness of the other branches.
Even a majority of citizens have been unwittingly reduced to the role of passive spectators in all aspects of political and public life, which solely belongs to the «Executive» Branch’s power holder.
Ways out of this impasse are explored and presented.