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Thursday, 27 January 2005


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Rexon Tayong

Thanks Francis,
Your interview will broaded the scope of many Cameroonians who want changed but do not know how change begins. We have all been socked to the system that we sometimes fail to understand how the system impacts on our private lives.

Cheongwa Nkwete Wanzie

Hope you digest it.


The good doctor is spot on. Cameroon has lost its moral compass. Whether a country can lose its soul to the god of materialism and survive is open to debate, but Cameroon will be a good case study. The place is a cesspit full of snakes and vampires all looking for an opportunity to sell their soul to the highest bidder. Everyone desires the Western European and North American lifestyle without the work ethic which provides that sort of lifestyle. Of course, it certainly does not help that the people running the country are gluttonous, corrupt cretins.

Richard Akum Jr.

The Prof. could not have said it better. However, I would beg to differ with his optimistic outlook on Cameroon's future. Theoretically, Cameroonians are party to the current systemic dissonance. However, we have no control over the unknowns of destiny. Cote d'Ivoire only imploded after the passing of Houphouet-Boigny. This was followed by the escalation of the Ouatarra-Bedie rivalry. Rwanda disintegrated after in the last days before Habyarimana's passing. Should our president pass within the next couple of years, Cameroon's fate would be far from optimistic. Political transitions breed seeds of discord which may not be evident within entrenched autocracies. Hence, I'd pray for enhanced institutional capacity, before the fates of others befall us. I would see peace only when someone can point to clear constitutional lines of succesion; the "de-ethnicization" of the Beti-laden presidential guard and the predominantly nordiste "Gendarmerie," and the reduced role of France in Cameroon's political evolution. May God Help Cameroon.

Janvier Tchouteu


The generation of intellectuals who were born after independence or who were too young to remember it are today the victims of the deception of the system that was put in place in kamerun by the neo-colonialist Gaullist establishment in France. They are the victims of Kamerun’s legacy of broken promises and solemn dreams. This sacrificed generation grew up physically and intellectually in an epoch and environment where dreams were being realized everywhere and became certainty more than any time in the history of humanity. The 1960s-1990s were years when a man’s potentials could be exploited to attain great results and great personal heights, and today at the onset of their ripe years, the post-independence generation are faced with the harsh reality of a system which has betrayed them, and left them with no promising future when they had molded their intellectual capabilities to match the great potentials that our country truly harbors, and the greater heights the true Kamerunian dream had revealed, a dream with a visible link to reality.

Yes, Kamerun’s post independent and post-reunification intellectuals feel betrayed and disillusioned today. Not only is it being made impossible for them to manifest their intellectual acquisitions, they have also been sidelined by both the system and those of the pre-independence generation who profess to oppose it, leaving them with two options in their intellectual manifestations:
· The post-independence intellectual can accept the present system and its retarding influences and anachronistic bearings and be branded a pseudo-intellectual, while benefiting from the handouts that the system can offer to collaborators or
· They can pursue the path of protest, resistance or capitulation (abandonment).

By protesting and resisting, the post-independence intellectual would be confronted by the full wrath of the system’s machinations whose end result may be frustration or elimination, while if he abandons the cause he would find himself heading towards self-worthlessness and oblivion(internal or external).

Today, the exponents of the French-imposed anachronistic system feel threatened by those of the post-independence generations who have not given up hope and are prepared to protest and resist the system. They feel threatened because they know that the Biya regime and the system it is guarding can only survive in a kamerun that is devoid of alternative ideas and governance. This threat to the system emanates from the simple fact that these new breed of post-independence intellectuals suffer from the failures of the anachronistic French-imposed system (repression; improvisation; mismanagement; corruption; brain drain; discrimination; rapidly declining health, culture, morality and the disintegration of the Kamerunian society; and the Kamerun’s slow acquisition of a pariah state) and have acquired the priceless touch with the Kamerunian masses who have been hit the most. This extra touch has set them apart from the pre-independence intellectuals, and has created a gap, which should not be bridged for the interest of kamerun.

Some say that it is a generation gap in Kamerun’s intellectual community, but it is more than that. It would have been a generation gap if the post-independence generations of intellectuals had wanted to do the things the pre-independence intellectuals did but in a different way (it would have meant accepting the retention of the anachronistic French-imposed system, which has clogged and cannot even accommodate the rising number of children of those benefiting from the system).

The fact that the post-independence intellectuals never benefited from the system and do not want to follow in the path of the pre-independence intellectuals and rejects the older generation’s deceptions in all its forms automatically draws open a phase of conflict. This is the conflict between the culture(corruption, dishonesty, ethnocentricism, repression, and economic, political and social degeneration) that the pre-independence intellectuals are manifesting in the French-imposed system under the Biya regime, and the new culture (freedom, liberty, unity, meritocracy, democracy, economic, social and political progress) for the future new kamerun that the post-independence intellectuals want to implement, a new culture that embraces global civilization and promises kamerun a place in the society of progressive nations. This new culture is embodied in Kamerun’s union nationalism whose advanced ideals are compatible with the rapidly changing world.

Rapidly, our rejection of the path taken by the pre-independence intellectuals is assuming a political content, which is strongly opposed by the French political establishment, the Biya regime, and all those who benefited and are benefiting from the imposed anachronistic system. For us to succeed and realize the new humanized kamerun with its new values and culture, we should kill all the negative aspects of the haunting legacy of Kamerun’s pre-independence pseudo-intellectualism, because if we do not, we shall be irredeemably consumed by it.

It is not enough to criticize and discard old aspects of what is Kamerun’s intellectualism. We must be honest to ourselves and live up to the task of detaching ourselves from any self-esteem, egoism and egotism; and accept some of the errors of our ways that may even have arisen from our deep commitment to the cause for a promising future for kamerun. Even though for now we are idealists, we are expected to be pragmatists and realists if we want the new system to work.

That is why we must question each action we have taken or are about to take, and if it is wrong, we should admit the shortcomings and finally correct it. Finally, we should not be carried by excessive rhetoric over our ideas because that necessitates frequent utterances, even in circumstances when they are irrelevant and unmeaning. And after several irrelevant and unmeaningful utterances, we may be tempted to defend them, while all the while being aware of our errors, but too proud to accept them, simply because we want to defend our egos and new positions. Such a direction would not make the post-independence intellectuals any different from the criminal pre-independence intellectuals, a sad development that would make us the obstacle to any constructive idea that the generations of the next millennium may want to implement.

February 27, 1995

Janvier Tchouteu

Ignasio Malizani Jimu

Nyamnjoh's wisdom highlighted in this interview is a great challnge to many in leadership positions in government and academia all over Africa. For some of us in academia we fail to rise up to the challenge to be the source of knowledge, inspiration and light to the hearts and minds of our nations. I envy your talents, in particular your eloquence and writing skills.Bravo Nyamnjoh!

okolle justin


Babatunde Ogunsina

The interview with FN is a pointer to serious issues responsible the decay and erosion of values in the academia and governance in Africa. The Cameroun,s case is not different at all from most other African nations including my own Nigeria. Much as the academia is loaded with young people with unique potentials and sound intellect capable of bring resounding transformation to the African world, it is the wrong people that are getting up there. In cases when the right people gets there it is sickening atimes seeing how fast a lot of them compromise what they stand for. This is one serious unfortunate thing that has permeate the entire system, making it appear as if there is no solution in sight. However, just as someone
rightly said, one possible approach to attacking the problem is for everyone who knows and believe in what is right begin to do it, protect it and propagate it; in homes, schools, religious gathering and wherever. The process may initially appear to be slow but it will have a lasting effect.

ogaga okuyade

please when is your next conference coming up or do you have a call for paper.please i want information on your online journal.i want your jounal on globalization.

ogaga okuyade

please when is your nexst conference coming up.have you any call for paper?

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