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Governor Abakar Hails Mathew Takwi’s “Gaining The Game” 

By Chris Mbunwe

Northwest Governor, Abakar Ahamat, has expressed the wish to see Mathew Takwi’s drama piece, "Gaining The Game", transformed into CDs because of its rich instructive content.
He was speaking in Bamenda recently while launching the book "Gaming The Game".

Governor Abakar described Takwi as a rare breed of writer, who has dramatised the ills of wanton forest destruction and indiscriminate hunting of animals by rural folk. "I am particularly touched by the simple language and style Takwi uses in revealing or exposing problems surrounding the efforts at preserving our environment," he said.  Abakar appealed to the population to purchase copies, so as to read and preserve the environment.

Reviewers of the book; Reverend Fr. Andrew Nkea, Registrar of the Catholic University of Bamenda, and Patrick Tata, High School Teacher at GBHS Santa, described the playwright, Takwi, as a genius who is meticulous in handling societal ills. They said the subtle manner the message is portrayed in the drama will attract students to rush for copies.

The Bishop of Kumbo, His Grace George Nkuo, who wrote the foreword of "Gaining The Game", said he was very excited when he read the book. According to him, Takwi focuses on the care and protection of the environment."The life of our planet is in danger and there is urgent need to recover the balance for our life. We are invited to be on guard for the growth and development policies and traditional practices that are carried out in careless destruction of nature," Nkuo said.

Bishop Nkuo concluded that Mathew Takwi has once more proven that his literary skills are not restricted to poetry, where, according to him, he (Takwi) has made an exciting contribution, and can be counted among the growing number of Cameroonian writers.

On his part, Takwi thanked all who stood by him especially during the road accident in January 2010, at Mbanga, where he and other staff members of the Cameroon GCE Board were involved in a ghastly car accident.  According to Takwi, after "People Be Not Fooled", "On Their Knees", and "Fire On The Mountain", he was presenting "Gaming The Game", which to him is a suggestion on fostering sustainable forest management, environmental protection and agriculture, for the betterment of society.

Some dignitaries at the book launch included; Gregory Muluh, Project Manager GP-DERUDEP, Edwin Tanifum, Director of Administration and Finance at BUNS Company, Sheriff Bailiff Joseph Njoya, Martin Ngante, Regional Director ANAFOR, and Francis Acho Neba, of ST. Cloud Minnesota-USA.

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