Singer of an Old Song: A BBC Award Winning Radio Play (Paperback)
After his Ph.D. in Agro-Forestry in England, Dr. Charles Ladim returns home to his village, Azor, where there is little respect for the environment. Not even professionals and the educated care. He starts a campaign which brings him into conflict with the traditional setup of his people and has to face even his best friend who is won over the hard way while light-heartedly abusing a stream. The latter becomes like Saul in the Bible, turning right round to become the protector of the very thing he had hitherto been persecuting. The play ends with Dr. Charles Ladim winning over the most violent of his antagonists with more than just words. His mission, however, is on its way to success as the most hidebound begin to understand what he is talking about. There is hope for the future. A few changes have been made in the prize-winning text for correctness and clarity and the last section has been brought in but, all along, the main idea of raising awareness of our duty to the environment so as to live a better life and leave a healthy country for our children stays central.
Born in Up-Station, Bamenda, Richard C. Kumengisa attended St. Joseph's School and Sacred Heart College, both in Mankon, Bamenda Town, North West Region, Cameroon. He continued with a run of eight years in the then West Cameroon Public Service before his studies in Modern Letters at the Universities of Yaounde and Paris, Sorbonne. He ended with a teaching career. He won first prize at the British Council/BBC/Living Earth/Cameroon Ministry of the Environment radio play competition in 1996.with his play "Singer of an old Song".