Bole Butake, a Professor of Drama and African Literature at the University of Yaoundé I, has passed away after being ill for quite some time now. This is a great loss for the nation, giving how much his works have touched people, and his simple and down to earth nature.
A close family source indicates the late Professor Bole Butake has been down healthwise for some time now. Meanwhile, relatives and friends have been visiting the deceased’s home in Yaounde, to condole with the family left behind.
Professor Bole Butake is the author of the play entitled Family Saga. He also wrote Lake God in 1986, The Survivors in 1989 and And Palm Wine Will Flow in 1990 amongst other publications. Bole Butake has directed several plays. He compiled “Cameroon Anthology of Poetry” which is being used at the GCE Advanced level. He is also a distinguished and internationally recognised writer whose vision is seen in his works.
He loved handling theatre of conscientisation, and will be remembered for that. According to several authors, Butake’s approach shifts the traditional responsibility of the fight for political liberation, which has hitherto been the preserve of the men to women. The silent suffering masses come to rely solely on the women who take the leading responsibility for their liberation.