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John Dinga

The comparison of our human society to cells that make up the body or bees that form the hive is very apt. But one thing is missing - the role assigned to each functional unit to perform so as to form this essential part of the whole, this orchestra that soothes the ears. Unless and until we give each functioning part of our collectivity their rightful roles to play, our collective survival hangs on the balance. It is on this premise that we glibly talk about survival of the fittest. Survival in the Darwinian sense of course implies leaving behind offspring to perpetuate the race but again, not every cell of our bodies is involved with reproduction.

That is why our present policy of "who you know" rather than "what you know" in employment and other aspects of national life is not helping our collective survival. We need to change course.

Ironically, colonialism which we enjoy flogging to please our bloated egos, was exactly what we needed to enable us play our different roles in the national orchestra. As soon as colonialism left out shores, we reverted to this weird system of independence where we find ourselves inextricably trapped. Blame the colonial master all you want; the answer is staring you in the face.

limbekid

Dr Vakunta,
as an academic I`m sure you`re accustomed to dissent. It is true that Cameroon has problems at the top, but simply changing leadership is not the solution. Our problems are not only political, they are also socio-cultural, geographic, psychological... and as such recommendations and suggestions from different perspectives should be taken into consideration and not simply interpreted as apathy.

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