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Yefon: The Red Necklace [Kindle Edition]

Sahndra Fon Dufe , David Gregory , Ethel Tawe , Natasha Brown
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Book Description

About YEFON: The Red Necklace:

A powerful, emotional tale of ambition and courage by Cameroonian-born Sahndra FON DUFE, the Common Wealth of Nations recognized author of the poem ‘Dear momma’. (2004). Yefon:The RedNecklace (YRN) is the first book of the YEFON trilogy series. It will have you wrapped up with emotions you didn’t know you had. For more information visit website at

Young tribal girl, Yefon Labam, knows she’s different.

During the 1950's, in her Central African village, women are uneducated and are expected to either work on a farm or be one of many wives, but Yefon dares for more—she wants to learn how to read, even if looking at a book could mean her death. Although everyone thinks she’s an abomination, including her mother and sisters, her father knows she’s destined for greater things.

When he is murdered, Yefon clings to the gift he gave her for inspiration—a red necklace. She soon comes to realize that the necklace is no ordinary ornament, but a talisman crafted by the spirits. Yefon walks a dangerous path that could lead to her freedom…or her death.


Editorial Reviews


''This is a very excellent read. It grabs you by the heart and won't let go until you are finished.''
                                                                                                        - Tales of The MotherLand.
''A gripping read that leaves you with a moment of introspection as you wait and wonder. Clearly well thought out, this book is unbelievable for a "first time author.''
                                                                                                             Amanda M. Mcmahon.
''After reading this, I dreamed of a red necklace, Totally made of coral and sterling silver, and placed it on my head, like a crown. What a distinct influence it had on me. ''
''Just like Things Fall Apart, No Longer at Ease and Crown of Thorns, Yefon fits perfectly in the family of typical African classic novels that will pass for Ordinary level... ''
                                                                                                                            Leonard Nitah.
''Such a beautiful and inspiring piece of work. The description was out of the ordinary that I could see myself engrossed, teary, laughing and many other emotions.''
                                                                                                                         Sharon Besong.
''Simply phenominal, a work of art!
A book that every woman should read without a doubt! When I got my copy, I took it on the metro with me and just couldn't put it down''

From the Author

July 2014

I have been asked the question 'why did you write this book' many times, and I often reflect upon the answer, when I am seated alone. I have come up with this:

Earlier this year, 234 girls were kidnapped in Nigeria because they were in school. They suffered because they wanted to exercise the fundamental right to education, which is among the UN Millennium Goals.
 The world heard that unfortunate story but sadly, this is not the first time that women have suffered from such a predicament, as a result of bad laws, religious beliefs and customs. The issue is global.
More than half of the world's population is female, thus it is almost repugnant for those cultures to assume that female education is not important to the global economy, and to treat women as second class citizens who must be treated as mere property with a price tag known as a bride price.
This is not a new conversation; it is merely one that struck me from childhood, growing up with my semi-literate grandmother whose life choices would have been different, had she been exposed to a better education and guidance.
For the sake of these women including my grandmother whose name is Yefon, I had to tell this story, with the hope that more women all over the world would find courage to stand strong when the society attempts to suppress them. It is also a tale that reminds us to listen to that inner voice, and follow through until our dreams become a reality.
I believed telling this story would also honor the women who struggle with daily issues like child marriage, female illiteracy, discrimination and albinism.

I also knew that the world would want to hear the story of the pre-colonial African woman,  told by an authentic young African author, from a fresh point of view, for a change. 

I came up with unique characters, who each had compelling a journey that the world would love to discover.

Even though the story is set in an unfamiliar world, I knew it would be  universal because every woman worldwide can read it, empathize with it and understand the story, as well as the lessons of courage and fearlessness, that must be learnt and applied in our various homes, schools and offices.

   In my times of hardship, I remembered that the prospect of a twenty four year old African female author would greatly inspire literacy amongst other young people all over the world, including the women whom this story is written for, especially because as a child growing up in Cameroon, there were no books written by black female authors studied in the school curriculum. The only female author I studied in school was Charlotte Bronte. On the other hand, we studied several male (African) authors, including the Ngugi's, Kenjo Jumbam, Chinua Achebe, Dipoko and many others.

So to answer this question directly, I wrote this book for three types of people: The Nelson Mandela's of the community, who see a problem and fix it: to inspire them to continue their good work; those who are experiencing any type of suppression, to induce them to leave that situation, and lastly for any one who is interested in Africa- our story and our culture... to paint beautiful pictures in your mind and tell my summary of Africa in one line ''Order in Chaos''.
To conclude, I thank you immensely for taking the time to read my letter and I hope that this book brings you as much joy as it brought me, sharing this unique message from my ancestors with the world.

I wish you the best, and I thank you for your great patience.
Sahndra Fon Dufe

Product Details

  • File Size: 5605 KB
  • Print Length: 291 pages
  • Publisher: African Pictures International; 1 edition (May 27, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KM8U488
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #876,227 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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"Yefon The Red Necklace" is a breath of fresh air to a book lover like me. It is a tale of an inspiring young female survivor, who wants nothing more out of life other than to make a difference in the lives of the women in her family and her community.
Subsequently, in her quest for more and not settling for the norms of her culture, she encountered all sorts of challenges and obstacles but she never gave up when the journey got tough.
The story of Yefon is refreshingly rich in African cultural contents, well detailed you feel like you are right there with the Nso people; yet, so captivating and emotional.
This book leaves you salivating for more... But most importantly, it gives you the feeling of a Survivor, Hero, Hope and Freedom. I really enjoyed reading this book and can't wait for the next phase of the trilogy.
To the young author -Sahndra Fon Dufe -BRAVO!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great and Inspiring Book!!!!! May 9, 2014
Yefon is a riveting and compelling read that captivates the reader within the first chapter. Its a powerful, emotional tale of a woman who is expected to live up to the low standards of women in her village. Her ambition is to learn to read despite that desire putting her life in danger. The courage that builds on this woman is impeccable and the story was descriptively written and suspenseful, its definitely a story for every woman to read.
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1.0 out of 5 stars a strong narrative is lost in a childish voice October 11, 2014
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This book was a complete flop for me. If you keep up with me on Goodreads, you have probably already seen the star rating I assigned this book, and that is highly unusual and out of character for me.

Yefon is the second daughter of the first wife in her compound in Cameroon. The novel starts off in such a way as to turn off a reader, almost bashing the conveniences and technology of modern times, compared with those of the time Yefon grew up.

"One didn’t curb boredom by lying on a comfortable couch and turning on a 42-inch flat screen TV to watch Keri Washington fix things on Scandal. It’s not like you could log onto Yahoo news to see Miley Cyrus twerking at the VMAs either! These are the sorts of things that my grandchildren are now obsessed with. In my time, you sat by a massive hearth, alongside twenty other skinny black rustics, to hear your grandmother tell stories."

I understand older generations wanting to impart “their days” to their offspring – or anyone who will listen – but this Yefon did not endear herself to me. However, Yefon did paint a pretty clear (and ugly) picture of women’s stature during this time. It is very bleak.

"Regardless of whether your husband slept with your sister or used you as a punching bag, it was your job to hold your family together or else you had failed as a woman.

The man had all the financial power, and you were nothing but a childbearing cook with genius farming skills."

In fact, the entire first half of the book was a mess of characters, terms, tangents, and unclear plot lines. I was so very tempted to DNF this book, but I kept pushing myself.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The story brings the tribal culture alive July 24, 2014
Yefon is a young girl that was born into a favoured and highly respected family of the Nso tribe in Cameroon and one of the families that are eligible to bear the heir to the throne. You will come to love and cherish her, she is ambitious, independent and dreams of a life that is far from the traditional role of the tribal women, where boys schooled and girls worked with their bare feet. Even thinking about being anything but a housewife is punishable, you had to master household tasks and had to make your husband proud and happy or face disgrace. Although more of a tomboy than a young girl, she lacks confidence and is continually beaten down, both physically and mentally by the lack of love from her mother who makes her feel more of an outcast than a daughter. Luckily for Yefon she has a close bond with her father who she idolises which comes across warmly to the reader, he has the knowledge that his daughter is set for greater things. On each occasion he has to go away to work he always brings Yefon a treat on his return and one day he brings her a beaded necklace, which a long time ago belonged to the mother of the people. Why is this so important? What will happen to Yefon as she grows? This is where the book really picks up pace and by the end of the book you will find yourself needing book 2 to continue.

I have a fascination of tribal life, learning about their ways and enjoyed reading about the daily life of the tribe, getting an insight of how they lived and thought and how they connected with each other. Sitting round a fire telling stories to each other is heartwarming and sounds like a life miles apart from the world we currently live in where it's all computers, xbox and the like.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Young Girl Longs to Escape Polygamy and Abuse July 31, 2014
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I liked this heroine very much and also appreciated the peek into another culture and their ways. There's polygamy, child abuse (though it's acceptable in this time and place, among these people), and lots of details about the tribe's cultures, customs, mannerisms, and clothing (or lack of it.) Born in 1940, Yefon guides us through the fifties from her childhood to womanhood and the period in her life when she began wanting more from life. Not content to be a man's first, second, or third wife, nor to stay at home where she's beaten for every imagined slight, Yefon dreams of going to the city, of making something of herself. She just doesn't know what.

One of the most interesting things to me was how her Albino sister was looked upon. Other villagers even wanted to sacrifice her. I love how Yefon is quick to come to the rescue, even though her sister never helps her. It goes to show that one can be a better person, despite what they are surrounded by.

There is one major downside though, and that is the narrative. I don't mind the first-person narrative, not at all. It is completely appropriate for this story, but it's all telling/no showing and at times I found myself drifting or getting bored.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good
interesting prose....inconvenience with other language..good story
Published 8 months ago by Rita Jacks
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Poorly written i kept hoping it would improve sadly it never did. A most dissapointing read.
Published 8 months ago by Kathy Mare
4.0 out of 5 stars Great insight!
Really liked this book, I hope there is another out there or on it's way. I really should find out! Great insight into how primitive tribes live. Read more
Published 9 months ago by DLM
5.0 out of 5 stars Uefon: The Red Neckklace
Wonderful story! I am anxiously awaiting the sequel. I was transformed to a whole new world and the awareness that goes with that new world.
Published 9 months ago by Elizabeth Bourn
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
I would of rated the book a five star except there wasn't any ending. Where is the following book fo
Published 9 months ago by Sunshine
5.0 out of 5 stars Emotional Read but good
When I first heard of this book I was not sure what it was going to be exactly. I am very glad I got the chance to read it though. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Angela M.
5.0 out of 5 stars Even though this is nowhere near my genre of reading, I enjoyed this...
Yefon had a miserable life. Her mother hated her and beat her constantly. Her sister and half-sisters all hated her, except for one, Kadoh. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Julie Baswell
5.0 out of 5 stars Full of Integrity and Compassion
It is always so exciting to be engrossed in a book only to discover that the characters are both motivating and encouraging for others - to make a real difference in the lives of... Read more
Published 10 months ago by TheBookStalker
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read!
I am happy to say I absolutely LOVED Yefon : The Red Necklace! I'll admit I had my doubts going in, and at some point I felt slightly overwhelmed by the back story at the start of... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Shirley
4.0 out of 5 stars Emotionally Gripping!
YEFON: The Red Necklace by Sahndra Fon Dufe did not let me down. It starts off with the courage, the persistence and the will to make changes. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Adriana LG
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