By Juliana Makuchi Nfah-Abbenyi
An unrelenting policy of francophonisation of the two Anglophone regions of Cameroon spawned a secessionist movement, culminating in a declaration of war in November 2017 against secessionists by the Cameroon nation-state. “Land of My Dreams” is a short story about a mother and daughter living through this war in Bamenda, Cameroon’s North West region. It captures the trauma of war on the Anglophone populations of the North West and South West, and highlights how the scars of war are written on and in the bodies of women and girl-children. The mother is consumed with colonial and recent post-colonial histories, and her day-to-day engagements can only draw on that past to anchor the setbacks of the present. Her ten-year-old daughter is acutely aware of the present but engages
with their current predicament as a means to imagining a different Cameroonian and African future not only for her family but especially for her female gender.
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