Behold the Dreamers

Behold the Dreamers


Imbolo Mbue

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Ma Jonga Character Analysis

Papa Jonga’s wife, Jende’s mother, Neni’s mother-in-law, and Liomi and Timba’s grandmother. She is “a staunch card-carrying parishioner” of the Mizpah Baptist Church and a member of its Kakane women’s group. Even after Pa Jonga’s death in May 2009, she continues to work as a pig breeder, while also farming and selling goods in the market.

Ma Jonga Quotes in Behold the Dreamers

The Behold the Dreamers quotes below are all either spoken by Ma Jonga or refer to Ma Jonga . For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
The Sustainability of the American Dream Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Penguin edition of Behold the Dreamers published in 2016.
Chapter 52 Quotes

When he had told her of his plan to return home, she had wondered why he was coming back when others were running out of Limbe, when many in his age group were fleeing to Bahrain and Qatar, or trekking and taking a succession of crowded buses to get from Cameroon to Libya so they could cross to Italy on leaky boats and arrive there with dreams of a happier life if the Mediterranean didn’t swallow them alive.

Related Characters: Jende Jonga, Winston Avera, Ma Jonga
Page Number: 323-324
Explanation and Analysis:
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Ma Jonga Character Timeline in Behold the Dreamers

The timeline below shows where the character Ma Jonga appears in Behold the Dreamers. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 37
The Sustainability of the American Dream Theme Icon
Family and Belonging Theme Icon
...a woman he was dating. He imagined Neni taking Liomi to new town to see Ma Jonga who would have prepared a meal of chicken stew with yams, a side of ndolé,... (full context)
Chapter 48
The Modern Immigrant Experience Theme Icon
Family and Belonging Theme Icon
Pa Jonga dies on a rainy night in May. Ma Jonga and their other children tried to treat what was either malaria or typhoid fever with... (full context)
Family and Belonging Theme Icon
...asked Moto to produce. He watches the six-hour DVD collection in one sitting. He sees Ma Jonga collapse in grief when Pa Jonga’s casket is opened. He listens to speeches about what... (full context)
Chapter 52
The Sustainability of the American Dream Theme Icon
The Modern Immigrant Experience Theme Icon
...of the other way around. When Jende tells his mother about his plans to return, Ma Jonga wonders why he would come back to Limbe when so many his age were trying... (full context)