By Ferdinand Oyono
"Houseboy" is written within the kind of a diary stored through Toundi, an blameless Cameroonian houseboy who's involved and awed via the white international, the realm of his masters. while the top of his challenge is killed in an twist of fate, Toundi turns into the "boy" of the neighborhood Commandant. with a purpose to enhance himself, Toundi reports his new global closely---too heavily. steadily his eyes are opened to its realities, and in any case it destroys him.
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Akoma was the first to arrive. Akoma is the chief of the Sos. He reigns over ten thousand subjects. He is the only one of the Dangan chiefs who has been to France. He brought back from the journey five gold rings which the Europeans call 'alliances'. He wears them one on each finger of his left hand. He is very proud of his name 'The King of the Rings'. ' After that you have to touch his alliances. He came to the Residence with his train; three wives, a porter to carry his chair and the umbrella, a xylophone player and two bodyguards.
The Commandant was stretched out across his bed. I knelt down to pull off his boots. A murmured conversation between Sophie and the engineer reached us from the veranda. I wished the Commandant a good night. As I was going through the door, the engineer who was still sipping his whisky on the veranda, called to me. Night had already fallen. I went towards him, guided by the red glow of his cigarette. ' he said. 'Yes ••. ' He paused a moment and then went on. 'I'm sending her to the hospital as soon as we get back to Dangan.
I knocked several times on the door. ' called the engineer. 'The Commandant told me to wake him early,' I said. 'All right, all right,' he muttered. We heard the sharp click of the buckle on a belt. Then the sound of footsteps coming towards the door. The ·engineer opened it. He smelt of raw meat with other faint indescribable overtones. It was the smell I smelt very morning at the Resi· dence. He rubbed his eyes and tried to smooth back his hair which was all ruffied like a tangle of creepers.
Houseboy by Ferdinand Oyono