With the case of the Anglophone crisis in Cameroon, such a secured opportunity was granted and it yielded the most ever inclusive and consolidated cross-sectional results presenting full unedited individual opinions and word cloud and word list psychological assessments on the mindsets of the respondents. Meanwhile some saw the opportunity as the long acclaimed referendum to decide on the fate of the Anglophones; others argued the authentication of the process, however, in their territorially represented majorities, they made their choices and exploded the survey with very passionate reasons over such choices.
Designed in a manner to understand the causes of the socio-political and economic problems in the North West (NW) and South West (SW) regions of Cameroon and what the respondents thought could be solutions to such a problem, including but not limited to a number of political governance options, through convenience and purposive sampling techniques, the survey registered the views 918 respondents across 38 different countries, having indigenous origin roots from 13 divisions and 57 subdivisions within the NW and SW regions, and representing over 63 socio-cultural groups and other civil society organisations. Besides the governance choices, the survey also sorted to understand respondents’ views on the need to introduce moral philosophy in the educational system of the country and the value of a peaceful alternative for resolving the Anglophone problem and crisis through the reconstruction of the Anglophone identity.
Through a pure doctoral research assessment analysis, the unbiased and most ever inclusive interpretation of the Anglophone’s thoughts towards resolving the crises, astonishingly revealed reflections to the fact that the majority 71.79% of respondents were resident in Cameroon against 28.21% resident abroad even though those abroad had a more feasible access to the survey than those in the country. It as well reflected the total poor count of 9.26% for women and girls participation in the survey. Thus, a true direction from where a true solution to the crises should come from.
The research work also presents the most ever inclusive historical connections that have galvanised to the current violent conflict and the measures that have been taken so far in the attempt to solve it. These include Cameroonian government actions, diplomatic missions and foreign government involvements, and as well as political parties, civil society and religious bodies’ interventions.
Are the extremists’ war waging ideologies going to work, are they solicited by the majorities?
“Facts are facts for it is the will and voices of the people in their vulnerable majorities that will triumph”, exclaimed the researcher. While encouraging the need for empowering more women and girls in the peace seeking courses, the researcher identified that the most burning need for the Anglophones was to reconstruct and revitalise their cultural identities and as well, proposed that the research work be instituted as an advocacy tool and a start-off reference point in seeking durable peace and development in the Anglophone conflict infested zones. It is also a vital tool for further research works.
If anyone ever singly thought that he/she knew or understood the mindset of Anglophones in this conflict and durable solutions, after reading this work, he/she should be ready to realise and accept how empty he/she has been all along.