Books By: Emmanuel Ngwainmbi

Bo Aku
Undisputed King of the Forest

Bo Aku, King of the Forest and other Stories is an adaptation of some sixty myths and legends collected in Africa with a research grant from the Southern Education Foundation. The stories describe the experiences of children and parents confronted by a gorilla and lion in the African jungle. They are eclectic, rich in moral values, humorous, suspenseful, and contain wisdom. They seek to enlighten the reader about Bantu African mythology and other ways of reasoning. They open the door to an enchanted universe where the child learns that every evil phantom has its opposite that is more powerful and worth imitating. The legends and folktales are set against the backdrop of Bantu culture, steeped in mysticism and logical reasoning that date back to the 12th Century A.D., when interdependent villages existed in the grasslands and mountains of the black tribes in the Benue and Adamawa regions, a part of what is known today as West Africa. Chad, Gabon, Nigeria, Benin, Senegal, Ivory Coast, and Mali are among the twenty-two countries in northwest Africa.

“I was privileged to read an early draft of these wonderfully exciting tales and am very pleased that they are now available to thrill many young readers.”By
Eileen D. Chaney
on November 14, 2014


“That Ngwainmbi is using his power as a writer to hold up the stories and traditional culture of his homeland is not surprising. The stories reflect themes common with any child. But they also serve to reach out to the rest of the world.”
-Daily Advance Newspaper


“The setting is very engaging and the characters are very vivid. The story framework is complicated and better for suited for middle school.”
– C. Higgins, Media Expert, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools


“Not only is the author keeping the stories of his culture alive, he is adding to the canon of international literature that reminds us that we are, as Walt Disney illustrated in his most infamous demonstration of camp, “A Small World.”
– Robert Kelly-Goss


“The book presents universal themes for children and adults alike. One of the central characters connects the reader with a sense of acceptance often misplaced in society. Ngwainmbi demonstrates how conversation can cure the deepest misconceptions.”
-The Charlotte Post


“Ngwainmbi’s love for children’s literature is inspired. The stories were edited and incorporated into a story geared toward young western readers.”
-Matthews Mint Hill Weekly Newspaper

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Leap In the Dark

Leap in the Dark portrays the harrowing life of a twenty-two-year-old African student who struggles to find a balance between liberation from his culture and the true beauty of his heritage. Tito leaves a poor, polygamous family in Africa to pursue his dreams in America with the hope of returning home to contribute to the development of his country, but social and emotional circumstances in his adopted country plague him, and force him to stay abroad. He struggles to fit into the fabric of America, constantly working to redefine his identity while fighting racial discrimination and seeking validation from his own people, among others. Will Tito stay with his white girlfriend and continue to subject himself to acts of racism or return to his country to help his people?

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Healthcare Management Strategy, Communication, and Development Challenges and Solutions in Developing Countries

Healthcare Management Strategy, Communication, and Development Challenges and Solutions in Developing Countries analyzes the ways in which health services, public health administration, and healthcare policies are managed in developing countries and how intercultural, intergroup, and mass communication practices are weakening those efforts. If developing countries are to reach their development goals, their leaders must have a firm understanding of the impact of infectious diseases on their people and take prompt action to fix socioeconomic issues arising from the problems associated with poor health practices. Drawing on experiences from international health organizations such as the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), commissioned in poor countries to assist national governments in improving the wellbeing of their citizens, this volume analyzesmaternal and child mortality and the spread of infectious diseases, and offers communication strategies for the management of malaria, HIV Aids, Polio, tuberculosis, and others in Somalia, Madagascar, Ghana, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and India.

“This collection of essays—representing management of health care policy, advocacy, and on-the-ground communication strategy—is a must read for scholars and practitioners in developing countries, and program managers in charge of health in international organizations.”
—Arvind Singhal, University of Texas at El Paso


“This collection assesses health management and health communication from indigenous perspectives in contextualized settings. It is a welcome and much needed addition to the literature, which continues to be dominated by Western approaches.”
—Jan Servaes, City University of Hong Kong


“Emmanuel K. Ngwainmbi has edited a fantastic book, one that will expand our understanding of healthcare policies in Africa. By assembling a group of outstanding scholars and authors, Ngwainmbi’s volume is sure to become one of the classics of the study of African communication styles in health. This should be recommended to all students interested in Africa and communication.”
—Molefi Kete Asante, Temple University


“This volume provides a soup to nuts examination of strategies and solutions for the provision of health services, public health administration, healthcare policy, and advocacy in developing countries using health communications theory and practice. It is an important read for not only health communications specialists but also for social scientists, public health policy experts, and students.”
—David Himmelgreen, University of South Florida

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An Unpaid Dowry

 A story of love and betrayal.
By: Emmanuel Kane
Young Komfum acquires redemptive glimpses of his mother’s sad betrayal and the kingdom that refused to pay her brideprice 

14-year old prince from a war-prone tribe eloping with a king’s 12-year old daughter, to his own tribe, in defiance of the marital custom, in an ancient grassland kingdom in Sub-Saharan Africa now described by cartographers as northwest Cameroon. Nangeh, oldest daughter of savage king Bonteh, elopes with her lover Ful, a goat-herder–offspring of a wealthy family–to his village without having paid the dowry to Nangeh’s father. It is against the law for a woman to walk away with a man and have children without a dowry.  When angry messengers bring to her father, King Bonteh, the news that the protagonist, Ful’s family has refused to pay her dowry, the king summons a meeting of elders to discuss measures, without ruling out a military assault. But King Bonteh faces tough opposition from some of his councilors. Left alone, he contemplates suicide in this 105,000-word (345 pages) adventurous novel suitable for the trade market.

“The story is written in “blunt and elliptical language

-A literary agent


“The tale presents a gritty, unflinching yet empathetic collage of lives on the precipice of traditional Africa.”

-The Virginia Pilot


A savage tale

-Tijan Sallah, Award winning novelist and poet.


“The characters are funny but real”

– Sam Story, Avid Reader


“The Unpaid Dowry” is a peek into another world, far removed from modern culture, but one that will not only entertain, but intrigue the reader

-Daily Advance Newspaper





The Would Be Bride

A romance novel, sequel to Leap in the Dark.
By: Emmanuel Kane
Tito desperately seeks love from a virgin but his old girlfriend and former college adviser wants him too.

After completing his graduate degree in the Deep South, twenty-four-year-old Tito returns to his native country, determined to serve as an ambassador for peace and democracy. In his native city he finds a world replete with corruption, an inept government, and people whose morals are rapidly regressing. Things have also changed in his village, although his family and childhood friends still enjoy his company. Tito tries to impose the American way on his tribesmen, but fails, and returns to the United States. While studying for his doctorate in international relations in Washington, D.C., Tito begins a relationship with a virgin, which he punctuates with romantic escapades with his ex-girlfriend, Margie, twenty years his senior. Margie, an Irish-Native American, tries to get him to fall in love with her again. Will Tito fall back into the same quagmire he had faced during his first stint in America? Or will he emerge from his imbroglio as a new man with a more mature approach to life?