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Jul 24, 2017

Cameroon: Regional governors to begin meeting in Yaounde amid security challenges

Biya's ten regional governors shall be starting a meeting in Yaoundé tomorrow ...
Jul 24, 2017

SW Governor sets Fako SDO on tenterhooks, beware of SNCS activists

Southwest Governor, Bernard Okalia Bilai, has placed the new Fako Senior ...
Jul 24, 2017

After tapping into phones, Gov’t starts spying on Anglophones with Surveillance Cameras

The Biya Government has begun erecting surveillance cameras in strategic ...
Jul 24, 2017

Rescue us from suffocating taxes, unemployment, CPDM youths beseech Biya

CPDM youths have beseeched their National Chairman, Paul Biya, to rescue them ...
Jul 24, 2017

Francophonie games-Ivory Coast: Cameroon grabs first gold medal

It was thanks to Essombe Tiako Joseph Emilienne, who fought against a ...
Jul 24, 2017

Jacque Fame Ndongo: Minister says Biya’s laptops will be arriving by December

The date for the distribution of Biya’s gift has been shifted to December after ...
Jul 23, 2017

Two chiefs dismissed in Bakassi for 'spreading false news'

Two chiefs in the Bakassi peninsula have been dismissed by the Senior ...
Jul 23, 2017

South West Cameroon: Fako Chiefs ostracised from South West Chiefs Conference

Executive members of the South West Chiefs Conference (SWECC) drawn from Ndian, ...
Jul 23, 2017

Restive Biya ban porch cars for Ministers as salary cuts, heavy taxes looms

Cameroon’s octogenarian President, Paul Biya, has outlawed the purchase of ...
Jul 23, 2017

CPDM party uniforms ignite discord among SDF, CPDM militants

Some 400 new CPDM party shirts displayed at the Mbonge Marumba Grandstand ...
Jul 23, 2017

Cameroon: Boko Haram attack in Dabanga leaves two dead

A recent Boko Haram suicide bombing in Cameroon on Friday evening left at least ...
Jul 23, 2017

Afcon 2019: Cameroon will be first Nation to host competition with 24 teams

After the symposium which CAF organised on 18 and 19 July 2017, a number of ...
Jul 23, 2017

French Police wants to arrest Edgard Alain Mebe Ngo’o

According to information revealed by reliable sources, the Cameroonian Minister ...
Jul 22, 2017

Cameroon: Government spends fcfa 10 billion to renovate conference centre.

  'Wonders shall never end' in mr Biya's country. Members of his tyrannical ...
Jul 22, 2017

Cameroon 'ready' to host enlarged AFCON

The head of Cameroon's FA says his country will be ready to host the 2019 ...
Jul 21, 2017

Cameroon says Amnesty International is 'Boko Haram propaganda tool'

Cameroon's Information Mninister has accused Amnesty International of becoming ...

Sports / Games

July 24, 2017
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It was thanks to Essombe Tiako Joseph Emilienne, who fought against a Senegalese adversary on Sunday 23 July, that Cameroon can boast of a Gold medal
July 23, 2017
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After the symposium which CAF organised on 18 and 19 July 2017, a number of innovations were reached at. One of them was the increase in the number
July 22, 2017
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The head of Cameroon's FA says his country will be ready to host the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in spite of the sweeping changes made to the event
July 20, 2017
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Cameroon is one of the nations that will be participating in the Francophonie games scheduled to begin today 20 July 2017 in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.
July 19, 2017
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The Yaoundé, Olembe sixty thousand seater capacity stadium will be ready to host the 2019 African cup of Nations. Cameroon's sports minister, Bidoung
July 18, 2017
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Anxiety has gripped soccer fans in the city of Bamenda in the North West Region of Cameroon, following reports that the Cameroon Football Federation

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Southwest Governor, Bernard Okalia Bilai, has placed the new Fako Senior Divisional Officer (SDO) Emmanuel Engamba Ledoux, on tenterhooks over the activities of the Southern Cameroons National
June 27, 2017
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Meanwhile the leader of the gangster regime “papa” Paul Biya is being called upon by his followers from North to South, East to West, and even out of the country to present his candidature for the
July 24, 2017
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A suspected armed bandit has been reduced to ashes in the West Region of Cameroon.The incident happened on Sunday .The man, identified as Charles Fokou, was part of a gang of three.The gang is
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

July 18, 2017
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In a communiqué signed on 17 July 2017 by Archbishop Samuel Kleda, the President of the National Episcopal Conference of Cameroon, it was revealed
July 13, 2017
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A 56-year-old United States-based Nigerian pastor has been jailed 15 years for raping two teenage girls who were part of his congregation. Aside
July 12, 2017
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Catholic bishops in Cameroon have reasserted that Bishop Jean Marie Benoit Bala was 'murdered'.This message is contained in a communiqué signed on
July 10, 2017
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The President of the National Episcopal Conference of Cameroon (NEC) Mgr. Samuel Kléda, says the Bishops of Cameroon still stand on their position
July 08, 2017
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The mysterious passing away of the Bishop of Bafia , Jean     Marie Benoit Balla, has remained a puzzle in Cameroon. Controversial declarations have
July 07, 2017
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These pilgrims are waiting for their flights back to their towns; Garoua, Ngaoundere and Douala. Since the feast of the Ramadan ended, these

Business / Economy

July 15, 2017
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La Republique du Cameroun has signed two loan agreements worth FCFA 88 billion with the French Development Agency. The money is meant to support
July 15, 2017
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The president of the African Development Bank Group is expected on Saturday in Yaoundé  on a four-day visit.Dr Akinwumi Adesina was invited by
July 15, 2017
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The President of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB), Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, will make an official visit to Yaounde, Cameroon, from 15 to 18
July 14, 2017
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The Cameroonian government is preoccupied by the delay in construction works of the first phase of the motorway Yaoundé-Douala, which will connect
July 12, 2017
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After rumours on Social media and the press that the value of the FCFA will drop, the BEAC Governor Abbas Mahamat Tolli steps forward to rectify that
July 11, 2017
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On Tuesday July 4th, 2017, The UBA Foundation, the Corporate Social Responsibility arm of the United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc, continued on its

Health / Medical

July 23, 2017
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Over 100 kidney patients, Monday, July 17, besieged the Yaounde General Hospital, calling on Government to provide them with dialysis machines and
July 22, 2017
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Plans are underway to create a cancer treatment centre in Cameroon.It was disclosed on Thursday in Yaoundé when the director of civil cabinet at the
July 20, 2017
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Over 100 kidney patients, Monday, July 17, besieged the Yaounde General Hospital, calling on Government to provide them with dialysis machines and
July 14, 2017
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Andre Mama Fouda, the Minister of Public Health made mention of that on Thursday 13 July 2017 while he was chairing a press conference dedicated for
July 03, 2017
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Following manifestations which took place on the 29th of June 2017, by haemodialysis patients who blocked the entrance to the Yaounde General
June 28, 2017
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According to the U.N. AIDS program (UNAIDS), Cameroon has the second highest HIV rate in West and Central Africa, after Nigeria. While an average of

Daily / Newsbrief

July 24, 2017
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The date for the distribution of Biya’s gift has been shifted to December after students have spent their whole school year saturating space in their
July 23, 2017
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Executive members of the South West Chiefs Conference (SWECC) drawn from Ndian, Meme, Lebialem, Kupe-Muanenguba and Manyu Divisions of the South West
July 23, 2017
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According to information revealed by reliable sources, the Cameroonian Minister of Transport Edgard Alain Mebe Ngo’o is involved in shady deals which
July 22, 2017
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  'Wonders shall never end' in mr Biya's country. Members of his tyrannical government have embarked on a gimmick scheme known as 'rehabilitating
July 20, 2017
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The inaugural flight from the Yaounde-Nsimalen airport to Bamenda in the North West Region, is expected to take place today 20 July 2017. This
July 19, 2017
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The people of Mbengwi in the North West region  are still carrying their hands on their heads in total disbelief and consternation about the

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Showbiz / Music

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.
June 03, 2017
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Some artist decided to boycott a conference for musicians which held in Douala yesterday. According to reports this conference was organized by one

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