From "Birth of a Myth" (Chapter 1 of Les Honneurs Perdus)
Author: Calixthe Beyala
Translator: Mariana Past
Let this be clear: my name really is Saïda Bénérafa. Until I was forty-something years old, I'd never been outside Zone Five of New-Bell Douala. I hadn't yet become the young girl of fifty that Belleville is crazy about. But even back then, I was already the number one story on the grapevine.
Beyala, Calixthe and Past, Mariana F., "From "Birth of a Myth" (Chapter 1 of Les Honneurs Perdus)" (2003). Dickinson College Faculty Publications. Paper 108.