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Nov 24, 2017

184 killed in attack on mosque in Egypt's Sinai

At least 184 people have been killed and dozens injured in a shooting attack ...
Nov 24, 2017

Rwanda offers to take in 30.000 trapped African migrants from Libya

The Rwandan government has offered to take in thousands of African migrants ...
Nov 24, 2017

Many unanswered questions surround Glass House fire

While an investigation has been opened to ascertain the real cause of the fire ...
Nov 24, 2017

Cameroon: Government budgets CFA50 billion for 2018 Elections

In the framework of the finalization of the draft budget, Cameroon’s government ...
Nov 24, 2017

Slave trade in Libya: Outrage across Africa

Media reports about alleged migrant slave markets in Libya have resulted in ...
Nov 24, 2017

Zimbabwe: Emmerson Mnangagwa sworn in as president

Former Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa has been inaugurated as Zimbabwe’s new ...
Nov 24, 2017

Anglophone Crisis: HRH Ntufam Ita Jacques held a meeting in Eyumojock with notables to discuss a way forward

On Sunday, November 19, the Chief of Eyumojock; HRH Ntufam Ita Jacques called ...
Nov 23, 2017

Cameroon-Ebolowa: Pastor found dead in well

The lifeless body of a retired reverend pastor of the Presbyterian church in ...
Nov 23, 2017

Anglophone Crisis: Cameoun delegation confirms 100+ death-toll to UN committee

A delegation from La Republique du Cameroun has admitted that about 100 lives ...
Nov 23, 2017

Cameroon: Opposition MPs disrupt parliamentary session as fearful house speaker avoids to table the anglophone crisis

Parliamentarians of Cameroon's leading opposition party SDF have forced the ...
Nov 23, 2017

Equatorial Guinea seals off boarders with Cameroun

Authorized sources revealed that Equatorial Guinea’s government closed the ...
Nov 23, 2017

"The people have spoken," says Zimbabwe's new leader

Zimbabwe’s new leader Emmerson Mnangagwa told a cheering crowd in Harare on ...
Nov 23, 2017

Southern Cameroons: "When spider webs unite, they can tie up a lion"

The interim president of Ambazonia has used an Ethiopian proverb  to predict ...
Nov 23, 2017

Cameroon: Paul Biya retires 20 diplomats

Media reports in Cameroon suggest the Biya regime has pulled back some 20 ...
Nov 23, 2017

Cameroon rugby federation suspended

Cameroon Rugby Federation has been suspended by Africa Rugby Federation and ...
Nov 22, 2017

Slave trade in Libya: Antonio Guterres speaks up

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Sports / Games

November 23, 2017
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Cameroon Rugby Federation has been suspended by Africa Rugby Federation and World Rugby, according to media reports. {loadposition myposition}
November 21, 2017
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CAF officials decided yesterday 20 November that, the German Roland Berger Cabinet will be the ones to audit the infrastructure that Cameroon has for
November 14, 2017
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The indomitable Lions will not benefit from the sum of 8.4 billion Fcfa, which they would have been offered if they qualified for the upcoming
November 13, 2017
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The final round of World Cup qualifying is taking place, and 27 countries are already assured of their places alongside hosts Russia at next summer's
November 11, 2017
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Cameroon's last match of the Russian world cup qualifiers against Zambia has ended in a draw. {loadposition myposition}   The lions found
November 09, 2017
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The Cameroonian professional who plays in Henan Jianye, China, will miss the lions’ encounter against Zambia on Saturday 11 November 2017.

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November 24, 2017
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On Sunday, November 19, the Chief of Eyumojock; HRH Ntufam Ita Jacques called for a meeting in Eyumojock convened a meeting to discuss the sociopolitical situation in Manyu division since October 1,
November 08, 2017
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On Monday, November 6, 2017, CPDM lackeys and sycophants in all the 10 Regions of Cameroon rolled out jubilation drums to celebrate their supreme leader, Paul Biya for reigning for 35 uninterrupted
November 22, 2017
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Reports reaching Cameroon Concord suggest lecturers at the University of Douala have a begun a strike action to decry unhealthy working environment. {loadposition myposition} The lecturers,
July 14, 2017
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Governor Adolphe Lele Lafrique and Camair-Co GM Ernest Dikoum have appreciated the state of preparedness ahead of July 20, 2017 inaugural flight. From the look of things, the Bamenda airport is
OPINION-CAMEROON: A divided  Nation

To be born an English speaker in a world where the language remains the lingua franca of trade and diplomacy is normally to draw first prize in the linguistic lottery of life.

But in one corner of Africa, having English as a mother tongue has proved a curse thanks to a colonial anomaly that left a seething Anglophone underclass in a slither of overwhelmingly French-speaking Cameroon.

For the past four months, the two English-speaking regions of western Cameroon have risen up against a perceived decades-long assault by the Francophone elite on their language and British traditions, staging a campaign of general strikes, demonstrations and the occasional riot.

A ruthless response by the government, characterised by the killing of protesters and a two-month internet shutdown in English-speaking regions, has hardened antagonisms, pitching the West African country into deep crisis and raising questions about its survival as a unified state.

Amid growing secessionists mutterings, Britain has become more active in recent days in attempting to defuse the confrontation. Last week Brian Olley, the British High Commissioner to Cameroon, met Paul Biya, the country’s 84-year-old president, and is understood to have called on him to end the use of force against protesters.

“We have raised our concerns with the government of Cameroon and will continue to raise these issues, including allowing access to the internet,” a Foreign Office spokeswoman said.

But such quiet diplomacy has also angered some Anglophone activists, who accuse Britain of abandoning its responsibilities in the former British Southern Cameroons, which united with the much larger French Cameroons in 1961.

“Britain made us what we are and now most people in Britain don’t even know we exist,” an activist involved in the demonstrations said.

Despite the anger, Anglophone Cameroonians, who make up less than a fifth of the county’s 23m people, remain stubbornly loyal to their colonial traditions. To the bewilderment and often the derision of French speakers, they insist on forming orderly queues, referring to bars as “off-licences” and dressing up their judges and lawyers in powdered wigs.

Both British common law and the GCE O-and-A-level syllabus remain deeply cherished.

 

It is a loyalty that has rarely been reciprocated by Britain

The British Cameroons were made famous by the writings of naturalist Gerald Durrell, who visited in the Forties to search for the elusive hairy toad. He was memorably assisted by an uproarious Anglophone king, the Fon of Bafut, a gin-and-bitters-swilling pidgin speaker with a large retinue of drum-playing, bosom-jiggling wives whom Durrell taught the Conga.

But Britain generally wanted little to do with the place. William Gladstone turned down a plea for annexation from local kings in 1884, allowing Bismark to take it for Germany.

After the First World War, Britain turned over five-sixths of the territory to France, agreeing to an arbitrary border line drawn up by Francois Georges-Picot, the French diplomat jointly responsible for the Middle East’s controversial modern boundaries.

Heartbroken local kings, like the Sultan of Bamum, protested in vain.

“I wish to follow the King of England and to be his servant, together with my country, so that we may be freshened with dew,” the sultan wrote in a letter to George V “who puts the evil men to flight and the troublesome to prison.”

After independence in 1960, the British Cameroons were wooed into union with the much larger French Cameroons by a promise that they would be equal members of a federal, bilingual state — a pledge broken when the federal constitution was abandoned in 1972.

Since then, English speakers say they have been shut out of jobs, denied fair political representation and deprived of revenues from oil, much of which is extracted from former British territory.

Matters came to a head in November when a group of lawyers staged a small protest outside the courthouse in Bamenda, Cameroon’s largest Anglophone city, to demand the withdrawal of judges who spoke no English and had no understanding of British common law. The protest was broken up with tear gas.

The authorities must have assumed that, as in the past, the protests would peter out. Instead, the movement grew, drawing in Anglophone teachers, angered by state attempts to replace them with French speakers with knowledge of neither English nor the GCE syllabus.

Students joined in too, only to see their halls of residence raided and female students beaten and sexually abused by the police, according to activists.

The government admits to six protester deaths, though activists say the true toll is much higher.

With force alone appearing to fail, Mr Biya has since January attempted to seal off Anglophone Cameroon from the outside world by cutting off internet access to the two regions.

An absolutist gerontocrat who has clung to power through a series of controversial elections, there are signs that even French-speakers are finally losing patience with a leader who spends so much time in Europe his people view him as an absentee landlord.

Last October a Cameroonian stood outside the Intercontinental Hotel in Geneva, where the president is said to have spent most of the Summer, and hurled insults at Mr Biya through a loud-hailer.

Since then the president has shown signs of increasing paranoia. He was mocked by even French speakers after the present Miss Cameroon was stripped of her crown in January, allegedly for calling on the government to listen to Anglophone concerns.

So far, however, there is little sign that Mr Biya will relent. Most of the leaders of the protest movement have been arrested in recent weeks and charged with “terrorism, hostility against the fatherland, secession, revolution, contempt of the president… group rebellion, civil war and dissemination of fake news.”

Facing the death penalty, their trial before a military tribunal has shown Cameroon’s problems in microcosm. Bewigged defence lawyers, seated across the room from bare-headed Francophone prosecutors, struggled to follow proceedings conducted in French. When an interpreter was eventually provided the translation was so poor that few were any the wiser.

It is a sign, Anglophone Cameroonians say, that they will never be understood or accepted by the French speaking majority.

“The Anglophones are a people,” Henry Ngale Monono, a barrister, wrote recently in a Cameroonian newsletter. “We have a common culture, a common language. The Francophones want is to think like them behave like them, act like them — which is not possible.”       

                                                

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Religion / Church

November 15, 2017
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Retired Archbishop Emeritus of Douala Cardinal Christian Tumi has made another stunning revelation about the status of Southern Cameroonians in a
October 09, 2017
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September 25, 2017
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All church services in the North West and South West Regions of Cameroon have been moved from Sunday, October 1, 2017, to Sarturday, September 30,
September 14, 2017
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Pascal Boade, who served in the Bafia Diocese as a technician and driver, is reported to have died mysteriously three months after the disappearance
August 29, 2017
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A local private radio station, Radio Balafon based in the Litoral Region, reported an incident which occurred on Monday 28 August. It is about traces
August 28, 2017
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 A renowned Pentecostal Man of God, Archbishop Godfred Anyere Tarh, has warned President Paul Biya and his cronies to hold inclusive dialogue with

Business / Economy

November 23, 2017
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Louis Berger (www.LouisBerger.com) was awarded a 1.5 million-euro (1.7 million USD) project management and construction supervision services contract
November 15, 2017
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Customs’ national directorate at the ministry of finance will proceed to the sale by auction of 20 containers of wood which were to be exported. The
November 15, 2017
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AfroMillionsLotto, a new online lotto offering the biggest jackpot in Africa, launches today throughout Cameroon. For every lotto ticket sold, a
November 11, 2017
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The European Union has reportedly reached a two-year deal with Cameroon. The EU will grant Cameroon about FCFA 63 billion. {loadposition
November 10, 2017
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In a press release made public today, the telecom company states that it is no longer commercially viable to resume activities in Cameroon. It
November 04, 2017
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There are unconfirmed reports that say gold has been discovered in a  locality called Song Matip near Eseka in the Centre region.Eseka is that famous

Health / Medical

November 24, 2017
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October 20, 2017
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KAMPALA — Uganda’s ministry of health confirmed Thursday that one person has died of Marburg hemorrhagic fever, a close relative of the Ebola virus.
September 19, 2017
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An emergency vaccination campaign is getting under way in northeastern Nigeria to prevent a deadly cholera outbreak from spreading to other
September 08, 2017
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ONDON —  At least 1.4 million people uprooted by Boko Haram's insurgency in northeast Nigeria are living in 'cholera hotspots,' prey to an
September 06, 2017
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The Minister of Public Health has appointed Jean II  Dissongo Regional Delegate of Public Health for Littoral, barely 19 months after his sacking.The
August 28, 2017
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A landmark drug study has opened up a potent way to lower the risk of heart attacks — beyond the now standard advice of reducing cholesterol —

Daily / Newsbrief

November 23, 2017
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The lifeless body of a retired reverend pastor of the Presbyterian church in Ebolowa, has been found in a 7 metre deep well. {loadposition
November 23, 2017
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Authorized sources revealed that Equatorial Guinea’s government closed the country’s border, with Cameroon, located at Kyé-Ossi in Southern Cameroon,
November 23, 2017
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Media reports in Cameroon suggest the Biya regime has pulled back some 20 diplomats from abroad. {loadposition myposition} The diplomats are
November 22, 2017
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Some 250 Cameroonians who  wanted to cross over to Europe are being flown back home. {loadposition myposition}   They had wanted to pass
November 21, 2017
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Honourable Joseph Banadzem, the leader of the SDF parliamentarians at the National Assembly has revealed that, the fire that ravaged part of the Ngoa
November 21, 2017
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A group of Cameroonians staged a protest on Monday at the Libyan embassy in Yaoundé against the ongoing slave trade in Libya. {loadposition

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Showbiz / Music

September 27, 2017
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Reports going round suggest Nigerian duo P Square have split up after a misunderstanding . Peter and Paul Okoye, twin brothers, have reportedly gone
July 15, 2017
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Reports say a documentary on the life of the former captain of the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon will be presented at the Ecrans noirs film festival
July 13, 2017
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The American gospel singer has tweeted after he was reported to be dead by a certain website, HoustonChronicle-TV.com on Wednesday 12 July 2017.
July 01, 2017
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The SDO for Douala 5, Tchakui Nounde Jean Marie, has signed a release banning the controversial Cameroonian musician, Maahlox le vibeur from holding
June 18, 2017
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Cameroonian rapper Mahlox, who is popularly known for his song "ça sort comme ça sort", was reportedly agressed yestersay June 17. He had gone to
June 10, 2017
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A young Cameroonian singer is currently under intensive medical care in Yaoundé after narrowly escaping death in a rather shocking car accident.

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