FLORIDA A&M UNIVERSITY
TWO IDENTITY CARDS: MIGRATION DELIMAS IN CHAINE BY GUINEAN SAIDOU BOKOUM AND OTHER WEST AFRICAN FRANCOPHONE NOVELS
To leave ones native soil in search of a better life abroad: this is the hope of many immigrants who travel to foreign lands. Many West African citizens searching for a new identity and a better standard of living abroad, soon become disillusioned. Once in the new country, many are burdened with underemployment or unemployment as well as resentment and racism. This paper will analyze these migration dilemmas in several West African Francophone novels.
CAMEROON’S DANIEL KAMWA AND HIS CINEMATIC REVISION OF “JIMMY ET L’EGALITE”
This study will analyze Daniel Kamwa’s cinematic revision of Francis Bebey’s “Jimmy et l’égalité.” The paper will discuss Jimmy’s metamorphosis as he discovers the important lessons of equality. It is after this lesson in “equality” that Jimmy’s attitude changes from feeling inferior (or less than) to one of equality. This study will unveil four main themes: 1) cultural identity crisis, 2) cultural assimilation, 3) cultural alienation and 4) the exploitation of neo-colonialism.