Meet our Authors: Zekeh Gbotokuma – January 2017

Dr Zekeh Gbotokuma is a polyglot and a US citizen of Congolese descent who refers to himself as a cosmocitizen. After twelve years of education and work in Europe, he is currently an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, and the founding President of Polyglots in Action for Diversity, Inc. He is the former Director of the Center for Global Studies at Morgan State University.

His “extraordinary commitment to global learning and international understanding” made him the recipient of the prestigious Dr Sandye Jean McIntyre, II International Award 2008.

His publications include Global Safari (2015), OBAMÆNON (2011), A Pan-African Encyclopedia (2003), and Dizionario Italiano-Lingala/Lingala-Italiano (1990).

zekeh-gbotokumaUnder Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Zekeh has authored Global Safari: Checking In and Checking Out in Pursuit of World Wisdoms, the American Dream, and Cosmocitizenship and A Polyglot Pocket Dictionary of Lingála, English, French, and Italian.

Zekeh describes the publishing experience and why he chose to publish both a memoir-travelogue and a multilingual reference work with Cambridge Scholars:

In 2009, I travelled back to my native land, the Democratic Republic of Congo, after 31 years in Europe and the USA. Upon my return to the United States, I decided to write a memoir-travelogue. I had a positive collaboration with Cambridge Scholars, and the main reasons for my satisfaction with the publishing process are the following. Firstly, Cambridge Scholars allowed me to find a proofreader, whose professionalism allowed him to deal with a manuscript that contains so many words and phrases in French, Italian, and German. Secondly, their punctuality in correspondence. Thirdly, I appreciated how flexible they were in allowing submission deadlines to be extended. Finally, I noted a serious commitment to quality control, not only in the publication of the memoir, but also in the most challenging publication of the multilingual reference work, A Polyglot Pocket Dictionary of Lingála, English, French, and Italian.

I am definitely grateful to Cambridge Scholars for publishing a memoir by an author who is not (yet) famous. This fact suggests, I suspect, that the long-term academic worth of the work is more important than financial considerations. For this reason, I commend Cambridge Scholars for their attention to the importance of multilingualism in the process of acquiring international competence in a spider’s web-like world. The recent publication of A Polyglot Pocket Dictionary of Lingála, English, French, and Italian constitutes an important postscript to Global Safari. To some extent, the multilingual glossary is the best possible way of telling stories about my life experiences, to which I also refer as a series of transits, transitions, and translations.

As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on Zekeh’s memoir-travelogue Global Safari. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAJAN17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 15th February 2017.

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