by Joyce Ashuntantang
A few days before his death in a ghastly accident, the feisty Anglophone Cameroon playwright and Poet, Bate Besong recorded this interview with ace CRTV Producer, Robert Ekukole. Little did both of them know that the interview would be BB's Last. Bate Besong, the celebrated champion of the masses, died in a ghastly car accident on March 8 2007 along side, Veteran producer, Thomas Kwasen Gwangwa'a, Ambe Hilarious and their driver, Awoh Franklin. Cameroon Radio and Television (CRTV) later broadcasted this interview posthumously.
In this prophetic interview, Bate Besong states, "Everyday I leave my house...my family knows...for the past twenty years...when I leave my house I know I will not come back home. Every play I write, Any poem I write, I write as if it is my last poem, as if it is my last book". He died less than a day after a heavily attended launch of what has become his last book , Disgrace: Autobiographical Narcissus. He was on his way to Yaounde for a visa interview at the American Embassy in order to attend the 2007 ALA conference In West Virginia.
On the occasion of the third anniversary of the passing of Dr. Bate Besong, I bring you the complete interview. This is the first broadcast of this interview outside Cameroon. Savor once more, the self-styled OBASINJOM WARRIOR in his full element! WE WILL NOT LET HIM DIE!!