ROLE MODEL OF THE WEEK – THE AMAZING DR SINYUY GERALDINE BASED IN CAMEROON

Cameroonian born Dr Sinyuy Geraldine trained as an English Language and Literature in English Teacher in the University of Yaoundé I in Cameroon. She earned her PhD in Commonwealth Literature from the said university in 2018 and currently teaches English Language and Literature in English at Government Bilingual High School, Down Town Bamenda. She is also a book review/contributing editor at WordCity Monthly online magazine and a co-editor/contributing author of the poetry anthology, Poetry in Times of Conflict (2020).  Dr Sinyuy started writing poems in her teens and most of her poems and folktales were read and discussed on the North West Provincial Station of the Cameroon Radio and Television Cooperation Bamenda where she was often a guest writer/speaker for the programme: Literary Workshop (A Programme for Creative Writing and Literary Criticism).

Sinyuy Geraldine has had the following awards; Featured Storyteller on World Pulse Story Awards, May 2017; Prize of Excellence as Best Teacher of the Year in CETIC Bangoulap, Bangangte, 23 October, 2010; Winner of the British Council Essay Writing Competition, Yaoundé, 2007; Winner of Short Story Runner-Up Prize, Literary Workshop: CRTV Bamenda, 1998.

Her publications include: Music in the Wood: and Other Folktales (September 2020), “Stripped” FemAsia: Asian Women’s Journal; “Invisble Barriers: Food Taboos in V. S. Naipaul and Samuel Selvon.” Tabous: Représentations, Functions et Impacts; “Migration related malnutrition among war-instigated refugee children in the northern part of Cameroon.” South African Journal of Clinical Nutrition; “Cultural Translocation in Three  Novels of V. S. Naipaul.” International Journal of English Language, Literature and Humanities. Vol. IV, Issue XII; “Journey without End: A Closer Look at V. S. Naipaul’s Fiction.” International Journal of English Language, Literature and Humanities. Vol. IV, Issue IV; “Which Other Way? Migration and Ways of Seeing in V. S. Naipaul.”  Migration, Culture and Transnational Identities: Critical Essays. Some of her poems are featured on WordCity JournalTime of the Poet RepublicAfrica Writers CaravanFor Creative Girls Magazine; WorldBeyondWaronline Series; and Fired Up Magazine.

 Sinyuy is an advocate for organic gardening and environmental care. She equally runs an online cookery group via WhatsApp where she teaches women how to cook good and healthy food for their families. She is also a lover of photography and spends her spare time taking photos. Besides, she is an entrepreneur and does many little businesses in order to raise money which she can use for her family and also help vulnerable people around her. One of the businesses which Sinyuy does is Proofreading and Copy editing. She edits both academic and non-academic works. She is a volunteer worker at GEH orphanage in Bamenda. Sinyuy is also a talented public speaker. Sinyuy is currently working on her first novel and a poetry book. Gender and the education of the girl child is something that catches Sinyuy’s attention. In 2020 Sinyuy trained a group of women on Portable Organic Gardening and Sustainable Waste Management.  She is currently grooming young poets in her community and has organised a poetry contest in order to encourage these young writers.

 Talking about travels, Sinyuy loves travelling and has visited four countries so far. Covid-19 is one of the reasons for which she has not left her country Cameroon for the last two years. She loves meeting people from different parts of the world and sharing ideas. Music moves her and she is equally a good dancer.

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