Review of Walter Gam Nkwi, Voicing the Voiceless: Contributions to Closing Gaps in Cameroon History, 1958 – 2009 (Bamenda: Laanga Research and Publishing CIG, 2010), 200 pp.
Subaltern status has everything to do with the politics of (mis)representation and (mis)recognition. Attending to the marginalized ought to involve attending to conditions of marginality, which include how and by what means the marginalized have been (and ought to be) represented. Therefore, robust resistance to the historiographical status quo and its inattention to the subaltern entails a reimagining of methodology that holds dear the manifold ways in which marginalized peoples give voice to their existence. Non-textual sources are therefore indispensable to postcolonial historiographical work.