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Dr A A Agbormbai

Classy article, with a very powerful message concerning a troublesome modern problem! A good read for all governments - developing or developed.


Your article introduces the preface of a big problem today which we are facing in Africa.I may be tempted to ask the question,why is it that many of us would always wanna leave home?Why is it that as many westerners don't come to our own home as we seek to go to theirs all the time.
From my experience,it is better to suffer the effects of 'visa denial deplomacy'than to come to the western world when the colour of your skin is black.Excuse me go this deep but I would not like to expose my host and developed country's name here in Europe.I am not a racist but I live with racists(people who judge others by the colour of their skin).I study at postgraduate level now and I live in a situation whereby I see people have had the education that tells them that anything African is evil or remote.Having interacted with so many persons here in some squares,my feelings are bad.I have at one monent been asked whether in my country,there are lions eating people.Do people speak English?Are they fighting wars,do they have water to drink?
Actually I would not blame my questionaires because most of them learnt in schools the negative sides of Africa.The media here shows only how Africans are in wars,they show how pygmies feed on chimpazees in Cameroon,they show how Africans are involved in urban violence in France.When you get out into the street they look at you mumurring'this one of natives coming from the place we just saw on TV.From there on,you cannot make friends,because they see you as backward,you cannot have a good job of equal pay because they see you as unexperienced.Whether you are a doctoral student on scholarship,you would always have situations of secondary consideration because you are African.We have tales to tell when we come back home.This is just to tell you that,there is no world for a man like his home nation.
The solutions I humbly propose to our problems in Cameroon are:
we need to do away with all our leaders from the traditional chiefs through cabinet mins and directors of corporations to the PRC democratically and prayerfully.
Then we need to embark on a 'mentality revolution' so as to reform the ethical behaviours Cameroonians on positions.
We need to pray to God(Allah) to guide us in this task.
We need to impose our own identity to the world and not to let them construct our identity.
We need to encourage 'a back to Africa movement' so as to bring home lost talents.
We need to accept our diverse opinions on issues because every idea is indispensible.
We need to stop using thunder for destruction,but to use it for construction.
Cameroonians need to be united n stop the Anglophone Francophone divide politics.Learn from USA,Canada,Germany,South Africa.These nations are strong today because they became united; for unity is strength.
We need to be readers of policy techniques for development and not readers of PMUC literature.
We need to be voluteers of our own indegenious development and to be beneficiaries of HIPC funds.
The amount of time and energy 5 Cameroonians can use in Europe to do an x amount of odd job,this same energy can be used by 20 Cameroonians at home over the same period for the same x amount of job.Now imagine if we can use this same power dedicated to actually work for our country directly.With good leadership we will also be refusing other nationals visas to travel to Cameroon.
In God I trust,Cameroon shall be blessed.
Longlive Cameroon.


There is just one cause to all these mess:Bad governance. A country cannot have or encourage technical education and when children leave universities with degrees cannot find jobs some for as long as 10 years after what do thay do? they must move.If the western world isdeveloped thanks to technical education and respect for the state policies and laws, and if Africa cannot identify this trick, there will never be a change.

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