Yefon: The Red Necklace

Yefon: The Red Necklace


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781495452369
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 04/29/2014
Pages: 242
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.65(d)
Age Range: 1 - 17 Years

About the Author

Sahndra Fon Dufe [ Saan'drah Fun-doo-fey':] is a Cameroonian-born author, actress, speaker and youth education activist living and working in Los Angeles, California.
She became the youngest published female author from Cameroon in 2014, at the age of 24,
when her Historical Fiction novel Yefon: The Red Necklace was published.
It later on became an Amazon Bestseller in May 2014, under the Historical section.

The brand ambassador for Alissi Bronte Africa is also a NAFCA nominated actress who has acted in several international movies like 'One Night In Vegas', 'Black November', 'Rejected', 'Unconditional Love' and 'Refugees' opposite celebrities like Akon, Wyclef, Jimmy Jean Louis, Hakeem Kae Kazim, Michael Blackson, Yvonne Nelson, John Dumelo, Van Vicker, etc.

She now speaks professionally at schools and youth groups around the country and abroad,
via her I AM YEFON Elevation Movement, which aims at helping young people find purpose in the lives.
Sahndra's work has been mentioned on CNN ireport, Indiewire, Puse, IRepCamer, Iroko Heritage, The Examiner, Diversity News and many more.
Cameroonian singer Said Brarah has described her as 'young Oprah', in admiration for her creative ingenuity and inspirational influence for young women all over Africa.

To read her full biography visit her official website at
You can also follow Author Sahndra Fon Dufe on Twitter at and Like her Facebook at . If you are on Instagram or Snapchat, it is @sahndrafondufe.

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Yefon: The Red Necklace 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
JulieGB More than 1 year ago
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. Having such a unique personality, Kahoh was always uplifting. The only other loving person in Yefon’s life was her father, and he adored her. The only problem was that he was home only one week each month. On her birthday, her father gives her a red necklace that once belonged to Ngonnso, the mother of her people. She soon discovers that the necklace is enchanted.   Even though this is nowhere near my genre of reading, I enjoyed this story immensely. It was heartbreaking the way Yefon’s mother treated her. She spent enough time writing about it that I could tell how much it hurt her to not feel her mother’s love.  It’s only a wonder that she didn’t break under all her circumstances. Her father always told her that she was special, and she unwaveringly believed him. I think that is what strengthened her the most. I latched onto a quote of hers that resonated with me. “There is a fun side to see in every activity-even your death. I have come to realize that it is always only a matter of perception.”  This is something I will be remembering in the future.
AngelaMc1 More than 1 year ago
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. Reading about someone else's struggles always makes me see my life in a different way. I have an easy life compared to Yefon. What she went through and experienced was emotional. She dared to push limits and follow her dreams. I enjoyed the book a lot. 
TheBookStalker More than 1 year ago
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 those he or she touches. This was just such a story. Dufe has a way of bringing out unknown emotions in a way that will touch you unexpectedly, which is rare today. I was elated to learn that this is not a stand-alone book. Women especially will learn important values especially how to be a fighter, brave, full of integrity and compassion. In a world where it seems that men are the protagonists, this book enlightens and teaches that, no matter whom you are or what you do, everyone can change lives in ways they never thought possible. Relationships between characters were enriching and overwhelming with readers taking away a strong message when the last page is turned. ~The Book Stalker Reviewed
beckvalleybooks More than 1 year ago
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.  The story brings the culture alive and tribal words are included here and there in the read, which you gradually get used to although I wish I had known about the Glossary of these terms at the beginning and not when I had reached the end :-) There are also beautiful drawings of each character at the back of the book and a lovely note from the author. I was literally glued to the book half way through to the end, following Yefon on her journey, unable to put it down.  Seriously you get to the end of the book at a pinnacle moment and I found myself tingling inside to find out more from the author.  This book will inspire all women worldwide to allow yourself to meet your true potential and live your dream.
AdriLisa More than 1 year ago
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.  It is a book on total dedication and inspiration. What is a black African girl to do? Cultures are different, not always easy to understand and assimilate.  I got hooked wanting to understand, recognize her world and of course, what was behind the red necklace that held so much importance in her life. It was intentionally written (I believe) to make me wonder what will actually happen to her when she puts herself in danger. If you’re like me who likes something really different – I do recommend it. Adriana LG
Nan-Roberta More than 1 year ago
I read this book not knowing what to expect. As I read the struggles that Yefon seen and went thru I was put in touch with emotions I had not felt in awhile. This girl was made to feel different because she dared to be something more than what they wanted her to be. She long to read and be educated despite the threat of death if she was to learn. The Red Neck her father left her makes her dreams within her reach. Was there really some magic or protection sealed in the necklace...Yefon has many dreams she wishes to obtain and reach. Don't miss read this book the struggles of one young ladies dream to change the world around her.
KyHope More than 1 year ago
This book is truly wonderful. The author has a beautiful writing style that draws you in, and I couldn't put this book down! Can't wait for the rest of the trilogy!
A_Gluten_Free_Mom More than 1 year ago
Holy Moly! Fon Dufe showed me a world that I had never imagined possible! I was surprised at how recently women were treated in this manner. I know that in some parts of the world women are not seen as equals, but for some reason have never thought that it was such a drastic difference; and that just 60 years ago women were essentially possessions. 
BeccaW More than 1 year ago
Yefon: The Red Necklace is a book that will have you engrossed in learning about the culture of another. I love learning about how other cultures believe and how they interact with the world around them. This book was a great look into the life of an African girl. If you are not used to reading books like this than it may take you a minute to totally grasp it, but I was in love. There is tons of back story which I look for in a book like this so that you can get exactly what the culture is all about and understand actions of the character. I really liked that the language was authentic. There was a lot to this book and I do advise that if you are looking for a light read that this is not it. You will have to pay attention to the detail that the author is putting forth and understand that the character is telling a lot of the story about herself. If you can get through the back story, you will have no problem getting into the book. I really can’t wait for the next part of the series. You will get to learn and understand a different culture that is so different than the one that you are used to. This will open your eyes and you will be transported to another world almost. I think that if people took the time to read books like this that the world would have more understanding and less naive outlooks in other’s lives. People will learn from this book and take a lot from it. This series is one that I will be keeping an eye on to continue. I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.
BookWormAndMore More than 1 year ago
Time to broaden your horizons, and check out Yefon: The Red Necklace. It is wonderful learning about other cultures. Yefon: The Red Necklace is a glimpse into the life of a young African girl. I have to admit it took me a while to get into this book. It has so much back story, and language that I don't understand and had to look up at the end of the book. I felt like the real "meat" of the book didn't start until the 2nd half or close to the end. While I understand that we need the background, I wish there was more of the story and less of the background. I had a hard time with the point of view. The first half of the book felt like it was a long drawn out story that someone would tell about their life with "I did this" and "this happened to me", etc. You know like when a friend just goes on and on before getting to the main part of the story. However, if you can get through that, you will get hooked on this book. The disappointing part is that when I finally became so engrossed in the story that I couldn't put it down, it ended. Now I have to wait for the next installment of this series. This is a wonderful story for people to learn and come to understand people from a culture that is so different from ours. Maybe if we read more about people from different cultures we might have more empathy for people that seem so foreign. I think that people of all ages can learn a lot from this book. However, this might be better for older children and adults. Younger children might have a hard time reading the book because of the language and having to look up what some of the words mean. I give this one 3 1/2 stars because I had a hard time getting into this book. However, I have high hopes for the rest of the series since the background has been laid down. I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.
dewer421 More than 1 year ago
This book is a wonderful way to introduce you to daily life in Cameroon! I loved reading about how the families interacted, how the planting was handled, and all the minutiae that fleshed out the story and made it real to me. Sahndra Fon Dufe has an excellent way of storytelling, showing you positives and negatives about each character and making you love them. Yefon's story is both the same and different from other girls her age, as she struggles against society's plans for her and what she wants to do with her life. The main downside for me is the ending. I know it's part of a trilogy but the abruptness of the ending threw me off (although it's making me wait for the next book, so I guess that works!) *I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.
MikiHope More than 1 year ago
It was quite interesting to read how, just as I was growing up here in the US, women in another country were living. Although Women's Lib did not start until sometime in the 60's I think it was or maybe even later we had it easy compared to the way women were treated in Cameroon! If you were different, and dared to be different--heaven help you! Yefon was definitely not a conformist--she wanted to learn to read and definitely did not want to marry someone with multiple wives which was the norm. The only person who understood her, strangely enough, was her father. He was murdered when she was a young teenager. He had given her a gift of a red necklace which she never took off. The only woman in the community who did not want to marry the Prince was Yefon-----of course as luck would have it--guess who he picked. She finds him on their engagement night with her long time arch enemy and manages to escape out of the palace. She is bound and determined to walk to the larger city and begin her own life. Several near catastrophes happen along the way. Just when she thinks she is safe--the driver who she thought would help her-recognizes who she is and the story ends with him gleefully driving her back to the Prince-------to be continued. And how does the Red Necklace figure into all this? You will have to read the book to find out!
lifeasleels More than 1 year ago
Let me just preface this review by saying that I forgot this was a trilogy and I was livid when the book just ended. Really!? Seriously!? It just ended. Now that I realize it is a trilogy, I am much calmer because I really wasn’t sure how we were going to fit everything into one book. Initially, I felt the book was a little slow for my taste, but I really got into. Yefon’s way of life is so different than what I am accustomed too that I got lost in her world. I felt that I could relate to Yefon in a lot of ways – the outspoken, tom boy-ish behavior; going against what we were told we are supposed to do and be. I felt that I could definitely relate to her on a much better level than anyone else in the story and I loved following her journey. I am dying to get my hands on the second book to continue the journey. I have so many wishes for Yefon that I want to see where her destiny leads! I definitely recommend this read!
Aiesa1 More than 1 year ago
A heart-moving story of African customs, rituals and one girls struggle to overcome the hindrance of those predetermined expectations. Yefon is different than others in her village... she yearns to change the expected pattern demanded of women. Her story will consume and captivate you as she journeys to to find her opportunity, or danger.  Sahndra Fon Dufe has written a gripping first installment in YEFON trilogy series. The story is crafted to demand your heart and soul. The reader has no choice but to give Yefon: The Red Necklace your complete attention. I really think you will love it.
ammcmaho More than 1 year ago
This book is exceptionally well thought out. More than being historical fiction, this novel keeps the reader thinking and feeling. The situations may be different, but the feelings resonate with women the world over.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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. At many instances I could never guess how the story was going to turn. The Cameroon history, Nso culture and Lamnso translations  (I actually know a few words now), the literary genre -all these just made  me see the novel as being so educative, interesting and different from the few other novels from African authors that I’ve read. Can't wait for the other one now. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
read the book and felt a thrill of abnormal ecstacy. the book brings out the best of west african folklore, tradition, culture and adventure. i could relate with nearly every struggle yefon encountered. i honestly think its one of the best African novels ive read. cant wait for more. congrats
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All i have to say about this book was A M A Z I N G!, because i'm really not a book person at all, and to me books are boring but this book is  brilliant, outstanding, motivational, hilarious, and emotional  all put it one. This is the the of book that can change someones life for the better, and i love this book so much, i just recommend that everyone should just go and buy it and i promise, you will defiantly not regret  buying this incredible book.
Priscillaachu123 More than 1 year ago
Yefon is a marvelous work of art. I have read many books in my life time be they African or otherwise but I have not read any novel with the author as creative as she is, in this scintillating novel, she writes with the brevity of a matador in a pink tutu. The description of characters is absolutely special. I salute you.