People often say “If your dreams don’t scare you, then they aren’t big enough”. Here’s a twist in that plot! Imbolo Mbue being a first time writer with a top chart novel success didn’t have such scary big dreams with regards to writing but her reality for sure shook the whole world up! In an interview to Vogue Magazine she says “I didn’t grow up thinking I would be a writer,” Imbolo Mbue says with a laugh. “I don’t think anyone in my hometown (Limbe,Cameroon) was a writer.”
Behold the dreamers is a 2016 debut novel written by Imbolo Mbue, a U.S based Cameroonian. In 2014, author Imbolo Mbue signed a million dollar deal with Random House Publishers for Behold the Dreamers. In 2017, she won the PEN/Faulkner Award for this novel.
To be an author of a book described by the Washington Post as “the one novel Donald Trump should read” is beyond marvel! Imbolo Mbue holds a B.S. from Rutgers University and an M.A. from Columbia University and she has been a resident in the US for over a decade with her husband and two kids. Her book which tells the story of a Cameroonian immigrant couple in pursuit of the “American dream” only to discover the mind piercing reality of how far away that dream is has received several positive reviews from critics all around the world and motivated aspiring writers back home that they too can be more. Her book was selected by Oprah this year for Oprah’s Book club mu(which by the way means that book, Is Everything!)
Now this is my kind of woman! Imbolo said in a CNN interview, that she wrote the manuscript mostly at night at the end of a busy day while nurturing her last child! How inspiring is that?! Plus she’s from Cameroon, not Nigeria or some bougie African country (OK roll your eyes but you get it. I’m a Cameroonian so I can say that! I mean…C’mon! Nigeria, Kenya ,S.A and the likes of them are likely the most known African countries in the western world right?) Point is, not many people ever thought a girl with a frofrom the small town of Limbe will grow into a successful writer and feature on CNN,BBC, pose with Oprah, get reviews from top book critics, give book tours all around the world, feature on the most prestigious TV programs and get to wake up every morning to the aftermath of fulfilling the American Dream!I really hope you find her story as inspiring as I did! Keep chasing those dreams sweetie! See you at the finish line!