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We see the influence of history in Across the Mongolo where Ngwe and others arrive the river Mongolo on their way to Basaadi. When Ngwe who sees this bridge for the first time, goes back memory lane and recalls one of the exciting lessons on history he had received from his high school teacher, M.M. Mbuntsop. Mbuntsop focused on the Plebiscite, the functioning of the Federal State and their transformation into a United Republic. In a way, Nkengasong in Across The Mongolo captures a brief history of Cameroon as it also brings out Mbuntsop's disappointment with these historical events which today, explains the genesis of the Anglophone problem. 

The events captured in the novel which tie with historical facts make the novel credible. In the novel the bus driver laments and blame the French for bringing a system of corruption in the country. Here, we see a passenger who picks up the clue and eloquently expresses his disappointment with the plebiscite and unification. He throws blame on the colonial masters who used tricks to effect a commodity arrangement between the English and French colonies. In a prophetic note, this passenger concludes that the porcupine and the cutting grass can't share the same hole without eating up each other, meaning anglophones and francophones can not live together peacefully. 

This again captures the realities of modern Cameroon's socioeconomic and political landscape and accounts for why it should appeal to a contemporary Cameroonian reader. 

Nkengasong again draws out attention to Caneroon history during the visit to residence of Minister Wankili. Here an anonymous chief and doctor leave the sitting room of Wankili to carry out their discussion outside. In their discussion they make reference to the historical blunders of leaders who hope brought great pains on their people, the Anglophones of Cameroon. They throw blame on His Excellency Achiangu Ncha for putting them into a mess of the so called Unitary state. They equally are aware that he was tricked at the Fombala Congress to sell out the destiny of Anglophones because of greed. All these are allegorical references made to the Anglophone Stateman, John Ngu Foncha with reference to The Fomban Conference of 1972. Here it is evident that Nkengasong's Across The Mongolo is greatly influenced by historical events in Cameroon. 

Finally, Ngwe is presented to represent the Anglophone student who passes through huddles moving from one part of the country to another part with a culture very divergent from that which he has been brought up in. He is forced to Express himself in a new language(Fench) he had never learned and study in that language among Francophones who put him under biting physio-psychological torments. The lone university of Bessadi the allegory for The University of Yaounde admits Ngwe and together with some other fellow Anglophones, they are marginalized. They suffer humiliation, discrimination and deprivation from the francophones. Dr Amboh, an Anglophone, never gets promoted nor given a major course to teach. Most of these Anglophones ended up frustrated as they could not survive in a setting that was physically, morally and psychologically hostile to them. These events in the text and much more are powerful indicators to the fact that Nkengasong's Across The Mongolo is highly influenced by Cameroon history. In other words, Nkengasong hides under the cloak of Literature in English to discuss the history of Cameroon.

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