To Reach A Place Of Peace is a rich novel in terms of contemporary issues raised and discussed. Prominent among these are growing up, tradition, religion (Christianity versus traditional religion), marriage, the city, the family, etc.
It is a realist novel with multiple points of view, which makes refreshing reading. The characters are well drawn up and properly interposed against the multiple backgrounds in which they move and have their being. The author manipulates the structural patterns of the English language to delineate character and setting appropriately.
It is a multi-faceted and well-written novel in terms of its forms and themes. 🖎 Eunice Ngongkum, professor of African literature, University of Yaoundé I.
There is just so much to say about African Traditional Religion and Christianity, especially at a time when the source/root of Christianity itself is experiencing a free fall, and our primitive beliefs are ever so deeply rooted. But that’s not all about the portrait. Nchumuluh: the amalgam of Banso and Bamileke cultures are symbolisms of English and French Cameroons – the dates carefully, or not, selected and mentioned attest to that: 1960, 1961, 1972, 1980, 1984, and 1990...The conflicts of identity, lifestyle, welfare and others are depicted in the dictating nature of the ‘civilized’ over the ‘primitive.’…
Florence Ndiyah is the relay baton in the next generation of African writers, a light at the end of the tunnel. Her vivid descriptions are plausible, with intrigue, style and mannerism; she clearly stands out in class. A much needed flavour to spicing today’s literature. I salute you.
The novel contrasts town and village life in Cameroon in the early years of independence, focusing on the makings of development, religious strife, community and family. The rare spice is the key role of the girl, Fatti, through whom the sensitive question of women’s emancipation is practically addressed, with such an attendant factor as the misprice of disfavoured young women, especially in their prejudiced options of housekeeping and harlotry.
🖎 Song Ncham, literary critic.
The novel gives a vivid description of the African girl/woman and the ordeal she has to go through to become an independent woman and mother.
🖎 Numfor Bridget, Editor, NMI Education
Fatti Fopou is given a second chance at life. However, it is only thirty years later that she finally gets stable enough to fully appreciate life.
On her journey to serenity, she has to deal with tensions within her family and community, especially as she grapples with the coming of Christianity into the skull-reverencing traditional setting of Nchumuluh. A move to the city brings opportunities she could never have imagined, but there is more anxiety and confusion as she tries to understand and address her limitations.
Defining the roles of the many men in her life and successfully juggling the demands of adulthood are a few more hurdles she overcomes to be at peace with herself.
Number of Pages: 310
The author of When tomorrow comes makes sure that she gives the prose genre a sublime touch as she serves her readers with eleven captivating environmental-centred stories with each of the stories worth their weight in gold. I must confess here that the weight of each of the stories in this collection is good enough to give birth to eleven different very reach-in-content novels. Florence’s work takes her readers through a vivid tour of the Central and West African sub regions and their diversities in terms of people, cultures, climates, landscapes cum how all of these affect daily life.
🖎 Yai Bala Daniel, writer.
Florence Ndiyah does a great job keeping the reader interested throughout the book. Her style never fails to surprise the reader through suspense and unexpected twists and outcomes that make her … [collection] a page-turner. Her collection of short stories will especially appeal to those interested in our changing natural environment. Indisputably one of the finest and most insightful in Cameroon in what can be referred to as “Environmental Literature”.
🖎 L’Effort Camerounais
In a narrative and at times conversational manner between the characters … [the] author of When tomorrow comes tells the story of how different people in Africa and beyond deal with the environment. …Through these stories, the writer highlights environmental challenges through the lives of ordinary characters. While entertaining, the book also educates its readers about threats to the environment, and at times proposes solutions which can be adopted by everyone.
🖎 Cameroon Tribune
Florence Ndiyah makes good use of literary devices to tell the environmental story to her readers. She keeps her distance from acerbic criticisms by raising her case for the environment in a very subtle tone.
🖎 The Post
A forester sees his life’s mission of protecting wildlife threatened through the lure of ivory. A writer struggles to save copies of his works in a flood, while ignoring his greatest treasure. Guided by her insatiable desires for power and pleasure, a conservation executive has to balance satisfying her whims without jeopardising her reputation and achievements. Immigrating for a better life, China ends up bringing not prosperity but regret. Xenophobia fueled by competition for natural resources threatens a blooming love affair. A businessman comes up with a shrewd way to bypass a government ban on plastic bags.
This collection of eleven short stories set in several African countries highlights people’s battles with themselves and other fellow humans in the face of a changing natural environment.
Number of Pages: 194
📘 'I Will Fly' (Langaa RPCIG, 2012). Poetry collection
📘 ‘My First Million’ in The Spirit Machine and other new short stories from Cameroon. Ed. Emma Dawson (Nottingham: CCC Press, 2009)
📘 Gender Sensitive Care For Child Trafficking Victims, training manual. ILO Yaoundé, IPEC/LUTRENA project, 2007
Florence Ndiyah was born and raised in Cameroon. She earned her BSc in Microbiology at the University of Buea and her MA in Creative Writing at Lancaster University.
She works as a consultant with local and international organisations, mainly providing technical support in the development of communication and advocacy materials. Her interests also extend to public health, specifically, Environmental Health.
She lives in Yaoundé, Cameroon, with her family.
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