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Wednesday, 09 November 2011


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J. S. Dinga

The indefatigable Ndifor! You really love your country, don't you? Thank you for the unrelenting effort to get a convergence of the commerce of Cameroonian minds.


I completely agree with you, Ndifor that it's a collective responsibility to bring the change we so much yearn for. Can you please suggest a route-map? Thanks.

Guy Ondoa

Splendid opinion. I think Cameroonians of Anglo-saxon heritage are the only Cameroonians left with any sense of dignity in this facade. They will either change Cameroon for all or go their way. That's when the nightmare will unfold.
The mother of all civil wars.Former Yugoslavia will look like a joke.Francophone Africa is a joke from north to south whereas Anglophone Africa is leaping forward. What a shame!


Your chagrin is as heavy as mine. I just read a piece from a budding Cameroonian, Patrick Vega. Though not providing a concrete solution to the way out of our national conundrum, the young man pours the same amount of opprobrium on the collective psyche of Cameroonians at home and in the diaspora:


Why dictatorships thrive in Africa and other developing countries:

- Economics: in my opinion an underdeveloped economy is in itself a very fertile ground for a dictatorship. The absence of a vibrant private sector means governments rely less on taxes for funding. Such goverments are less accountable to the public, and less susceptible to fiscal blackmail.
- Africa`s history: by weaving together divergent groups leads to problems of cohesion. Also a shared history of domination from Northern countries (often referred to as "the West") means dictators can find a rallying cause, hence the advent of the "African strong man" in the immediate post-colonial era. Cohesion is used as a convenient excuse to cling to power as a guarantor of stability.
- Diplomatic largesse: Ghadaffi may not have been the darling of Western and African citizens in his latter years but cemented his place in the hearts of black South Africans thanks to his support of the ANC in the apartheid years. In the same vein, leaders such as Obiang Nguema build their goodwill through sponsorship of panafricanist projects, such as contibution to the TV network, Africa 24.
- Western double standards: by openly encouraging opposition to certain authoritarian regimes while tacitly encouraging similarly oppressive governments, has led to a feeling of mistrust among certain members of the populace.
- An uneducated, unsophisticated, tribalistic and malleable electorate: such an electorate is easily manipulated for short term gains.

A democracy is not a permanent condition, and is only as good as the economy it supports. Democracy can only be guaranteed when accompanied by economic prosperity, otherwise the masses become intolerant. Consequently, any calls for democratic rulership must also advance solutions to pressing economic problems, otherwise the masses become impatient and start longing for the good old days of yore.

interesting thoughts

J. S. Dinga

All modern notions of economics, philosophy, law, civics - you name it - cannot thrive under a climate of divide-and-rule as a means of governance. Once upon a time, even with very modest education, West Cameroon operated a fantastic civil service that delivered the goods even though prevaricators of today will gladly pour opprobrium on it. I speak as someone who lived it.

With more educated people in the nation todayCameroonians are enjoying their country less and less simply because of the evils of mismanagement - a natural outcome of people being recruited into positions of responsibility based on whom they know rather than what they know, a policy which makes nonsense of educational pursuits. The current case of the fiscal dessicator from Zoetele being haunted for misappropriation of Brobdignaggian amounts is very telling and goes to underscore why Oppoition leader John Fru Ndi was stopped at the entrance of Zoetele and told not to venture into Biya's fief!

So in place of the parameters that matter in measuring growth and progress, what have Cameroonians got? For want of a better word, I can only think of "tokenisms" to describe what Cameroonians have come to accept in return for cultivating centralized despotic rule with all its ramifications.The presidency of the country has become an instrument of patronage to dish out these tokenisms to a people ever so ready to put aside the dignity of hard work and fall incomprehensibly for them. They come in many forms and can be seen from top to bottom of the national triangle. The most prominent is the post of prime minister which has alternated between the NW and SW of the country, sustaining divide-and-rule as well as narcotizing otherwise dissident voices. (Une bouche qui est pleine ne parle pas - a full mouth does not speak). Whether the Achidi Achus, Mafany Musonges, Inoni Epraims, Philemon Yangs and others in this category can place their hands on their chests, look at their peoples and tell them that the appointment of one of theirs as prime minister has meant development of their cherished infrastructures - roads, bridges, airports, schools, remains to be seen.

Of course a vibrant private sector is where others find the answer to their development. But how can a private sector thrive with burdensome and unwieldy taxation (patente!) as well as monopolies awarded to persons as part of political patronage? When healthy competition is encouraged, production increases and the population enjoys variety and reduced prices. In Cameroon it is the perennial demonstration of skyrocking prices and its consequent aftermaths that the people know.The heavyweights avail themselves of their privileged positions and travel to the West to do their shopping where there is variety of goods and prices are relatively affordable. For the downtrodden, tomorrow is another day even as some zealots rush around to vote several times at recognized and concealed voting stations.


We have all been brainstoming on this forum about the best way to deal with Mr. Biya back home. Well let,s go into action and put our money to show we are serious. I have a suggestion.

Mr. Biya just bought a page on "LE MONDE" newspapaer in France for his personal propaganda. My suggestion is that we can collectively contribute and buy a page on that same newspaper and present our own view. I know it may be difficult with "LE MONDE" but we can use any other important newspaper.

I am asking those people who have used this forum to blame Fru Ndi for all that is wrong in Cameroon to help out with this effort. I am also asking Joe Ndifor and the moderator of this forum to help out in the organisation of contributions or better still suggest a better way to go along with this project.

I wellcome critisism but it should be backed with an alternative plan. Please lets do something.

J. S. Dinga

I am prepared to put my last devalued CFA franc on such a project. My problem is with the credibility of its author. Why fake a name if there is nothing to hide?


I am just proposing an idea for all of us to brainstorm. I do not think that I personally have what it takes to spear head a project of this magnitude and that is why I freely throw my idea for the moderator to build on. Also I avoid my name because I truely want this discussion to be entirely based on the strength of the idea and not on the ego of the personality. If somebody decides to build on this idea, the only part I will play will be that of sending in my own contribution.
Keep brainstorming, We may be able to make a change.

Sewho Tamba

And where are those who hide behind their computers screens to throw dirt on others? After this article came out, they've all gone silent. interesting



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Hey, baby! I agree with the idea, perhaps our peers, this is a consensus! I want to use this article, believe that you will agree to me!

Roland N Awah

Mr. Ndifor, a wonderful piece of work. We as a people need not piont fingers to one another or precisely to the present government. Over centuries, freedom of citizens have not come any easy. True citizens have and will always sacrifice their lives for the sake to have True Democracy and a prosperous future generation. The Arab Spring this year is a good example to look into. It takes a revolution to get a solution. Ancient European conflicts, American civil war and the Nigerian Biafra war all experienced revolutionary conflicts. We as Cameroonians must be ready to accept this difficult path to redemption. Paul Biya will not work away.

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also, i adore your yarn, but i think you should give it to someone else that will help it find its way into a lovely handknit. i'd be so sad to see it languish here :( so, i'm respectfully withdrawing my name from the running.

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