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Sunday, 19 June 2011


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Captain Boukare

My refusal to step into my ancestral cesspool for the past 2 decades is perfectly understood by you, sir. I refuse to be in a position to pay one more bribe or to be humiliated by jack-booted government-armed thugs ever again. My refusal to be appointed to government office on the radio and sacked on the radio is understood. Now if we could all defy together, things would change.

Bob Bristol

Wow! The write-up is impressive. It is obvious the the heterogenous nature of that entity called Cameroon has worked so much in favour of the government. But now it is no so much about the gov't than it is about us. What has gone wrong with us that we cannot come together despite the numerous inter-marital connections. Sometimes I feel our speeches have not been subtle enough to appeal as they have been to reprimand. The tone has to change.

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Interesting article.

The truth is, the loss of dignity we are currently suffering in Africa, is sympomatic of our history: from slavery, through colonialism and apatheid, to our current situation. White on black slavery has been replaced by black on black slavery. One way or the other we have always been unable to impose our will. The question we should be asking right now is, why are we so vulnerable?

In my opinion the factors that determine the success of an entity are: geography (Great Britain was able to accelerate industry because of the abundance of coal); system of governance; and the inate ability to create. I will focus on the last, as concerns Africa.

There has been a tendency to assume that democracy is given to the masses, by the governing elite, as a matter of altruism. Whereas it is not so. Democracy in the old continent of Europe was borne out of transformations in the economy. Wealth creation was no longer dependent on land ownership as money could be made out of industry, thus transforming the landlord - tenant relationship. The feudal system could not keep up with transformamtions in the industrial revolution. Unfortunately, that landlord - tenant relationship is still very perceptible today in most of sub-saharan Africa, as our wealth is heavily dependent on natural resources (energy resources, minerals, tourism, cash crops...). In other words we have been unable to create wealth other than what we have been endowed with by nature. Until this situation changes the masses will continue to remain in the grip of those charged with the distribution of such wealth (the ruling elite). Thus any long-term emancipation strategy must be geared towards enhancing the ability of the masses to create wealth outside natural resources.


“Work, Family and Nation,” the Vichy slogan, which replaced the revolutionary motto of “Liberty, Equality and Fraternity,” in occupied France, became with minor changes, the official mottos of most French Africa colonies.

The psycholigical implication of having a variation of a motto imposed by the German occupiers in France to that of French colonies in Africa must be understood and deconstructed
before Africans under French colonial rule will even know how to address their problems. We spend so much time chasing the shadows.

Che Sunday

One of the few very substantive write ups we have had this year. If you wonder why the different tribe can not get up as group to challenge the national government, that comes to me as surprise. Ethnocentrism my brother, thats what its called. Cameroon has a history of elimination to get the attention of disenting constituencies, and not to stopping process. If you falter, this is what happens to you. Recall the likes of Abendong or Jua, etc. How many true challenghers have you had in the near decade? Each time mr. Biya shuffles his cabinet, localities go celebrating when one of their own has been chosen minister.Yet, we all agree he is a bad leader The answer lies in Captain Boukare's post above. Deny being part of the system. Don't think you can change it from within. It has an internal mechanism of absorbing everything and remolding it to its liking.

J. S. Dinga

Bruce Lee was able to knock off all those who stood on his way simply because they failed to unite or combine their forces, knowing very well that individually they stood no chance against him.

Do Cameroonians see any message in this?

Emmanuel Elangwe

Interesting...You got yourself a new fan. This has been one of the most thought provoking piece on this site for as long as I can remember...! With that said, I beg to slightly differ with you on this false dichotonomy ever so present in our discussion forums.

..."I’m referring particularly to the absence of self-worth among us and our inability to rise up in unison and respond to this pervasive arrogance from a government that has wrecked untold miseries on its citizens"...

That is absolutely not true, well in my humble opinion. Cameroonians have shown time and again how much self-worth exists amongst us. We show this in how our various peoples celebrate the birth of child, the death of a loved one, success of a sibling in a public examination, marriages etc The is abundance of evidence to prove how much self-worth we as a people have as concerns the things we value the most in our lives. Just because our people do not show an explosive interest in national politics (as the intelligentsia class would love them to display), doesn't translate to a lack of self-worth amongst "US". Maybe we just don't have that much invested in national politics compared to...let's say football, our Tribes, Our immediate Family, our farms, our njangis...etc I mean...people respond to incentives. What are the incentives to sacrifice oneself on the alter of nationalism?

Why the perceived lack of a united front against the gov't? Again, people respond to incentives. What difference does it make to a native of Dikome Balue in as much as the will be a buyer from Kumba for his cocoa beans..? It may surprise you, but "we" are the regime!!! The corrupt police corp. is made up of our brothers, sisters and in most cases our parents, just as every other corrupt sector of our society!!! We really don't want to be united to hurt our parents and family members, do we!?

Bob Bristol

"In other words we have been unable to create wealth other than what we have been endowed with by nature. Until this situation changes the masses will continue to remain in the grip of those charged with the distribution of such wealth (the ruling elite)" by Limbekid.

I find this very far-reaching and correct. But creativity if left in the hands of the initiator, may die undiscovered. Thus, the ruling elites must have the good consciences to finance and push the initiator to fame. Anomah Ngu comes to mind. At the end of the day, the debate will be on whether our present sorry condition is as a consequence of our actions (or inaction) or as a result of the bad will of the ruling elites. Whatever way you look at it, the blame game is losing sympathisers day in day out.

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