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Wednesday, 19 December 2012


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Joe, I commend you for trying to make our people see the light. However, there are a few things you may not have taken into considerations when writing on this topic. First of all, what do you define as economic capital in respect to those of us living abroad? Is it the one hundred to Ten thousand dollars that we send to our families back home? How can that move mountains politically? I just sent monies to my family this Christmas and they use that to lavish themselves at Christmas. How would that be defined as economic capital? Furthermore, the countries that you cited in your write up have one thing in common that binds them. Language; The Jews, the Czechs and many others have a common language that binds them. With that, they see each other as compatriots/citizens of destiny. That factor is absent in Cameroon. That aspect does not create trust amongst us. If I happen to come to your village to talk to my Cameroonian fathers and mothers who live there about changing the nation, what language am I going to use that will make all the moms and paps understand that I am one of them. Many will be skeptical that this man from SW wants to bring big sense here. We do not trust each other. I know the system that was created before we were even born of “divide and rule” is what has killed us today. I just do not see the type of economic capital that you mentioned above working within that system in Cameroon. Also, CAMSA was not formed in the 90s. It was formed in the 80s. First convention was in 1985 in Boston.

Che Sunday

Take Nigeria for instance. The same Nigerians who were actively campaigning for dual citizenship when they were abroad, went home and were the same people who drafted a resolution asking for a ban on those living abroad from running for public office.
We Cameroonians are are easily satisfied with our daily bread,(alcohol and food). To attempt to alter this state of inertia is an invitation for murder.We have a propensity to gravitate towards instant gratification. Ask any one back home what the political platform of the trillion political parties is, and no one has an idea what you are speaking.All they know is "Biya is corrupt." The sad truth is, every Cameroonian believes in corruption. You do not have to get a mandate from the presidency pay a bribe for your child to go to a good school. People fail to believe that the more you pay to educate a child in a school which he/she is not academically qualified for will only make that child believe he/she can always buy their way in life.

John Dinga

Congratulations Mr Ndifor, for always waging this fight to focus on the home front. I salute your resilience and steadfastness in the face of all the adversity.

Cameroonians have a choice between the pursuit of principle and of privilege. There are persons committed to both, the majority invariably gravitating to privilege, and in the process, missing the bigger picture. With perseverance like yours, many more will come on board and hopefully realize that long term interests trump short term ones and depend on the pursuit of principles.

Once this is accepted, fellow citizens in the diaspora will no longer be considered liabilities but assets. Not everyone knows how to maximize the use of assets. I consider each citizen in the diaspora as a female member of the family given away in marriage; the possibility of returning to the family to offer an occasional help is real and always there. As for the myopic and defeatist view that "divide-and-rule" trumps every effort, let me add that many persons survive and overcome the odds by making stepping stones of the obstacles placed on their paths. Nothing stops the South-westerner and North-westerner carrying the good message to their respective villages jointly instead of individually, is there?

Asang David

...." remittances and other capital flows into Cameroon's tottering economy"

"political stirrings among Cameroonian students"

Mr. Jones, I beleive you might have misunderstood the issues. If I understand the author rightly, I think he not only said "remittances", but said "other capital flows" in the essay. Your comments appear to insinuate that the author's focus was only on "remittances" as a source of leverage for Cameroonians residing overseas.

Secondly, and this is only my take after reading the article, Mr. Ndifor talks about "political stirrings among Cameroonian students", not the formation of CAMSA-USA, as Mr. Jones implies.

I also want to prick the consciences of Camerooonians here: Do Cameroonians honestly beleive that the lack of a common language really prevents us from advancing forward? If that be the case, how comes it that the Jews, the Czecks, people who speak different languages at the time they came to America, were able to come together and build a country this prosperous as the United States of America?

Victor Nkoutoh

Most of those you call Cameroonians in diaspora are not Cameroonian anymore. We cannot give Cameroon political capital to foreigners.

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