A Vague Uneasiness

Starting point for “A Vague Uneasiness” was the legacy of the Cameroonian poet Louis-Marie Pouka-M’Bague (1910 – 1992). Pouka-M’Bague advocated the assimilation of the Cameroon people into the culture of the French colonizers. Convinced of the superiority of the French culture and life-style, he himself moved to France in 1947. However, French society did not fulfil his idealistic expectations and he returned disillusioned to Cameroon in the 1950s. His poems, previously an ode to French culture and ideology, then became characterised by a ‘vague uneasiness’ and a questing style of writing.