Sun, 18 Mar 2018 06:12:44 +0000 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb UBA Empowers Youths in Ghana UBA Empowers Youths in Ghana

On Tuesday July 4th, 2017, The UBA Foundation, the Corporate Social Responsibility arm of the United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc, continued on its quest to educate and empower African youths as it visited the Accra High School in Ghana. UBA Foundation Read Africa Initiative was launched in 2011 and has been changing the lives of African students across the continent for six years. The Project is aimed at encouraging children to improve their vocabulary and communication skills through reading. Through its Read Africa initiative, the UBA Foundation is helping rekindle the dwindling reading culture amongst African youths as they pursue their education. Over a hundred thousand books and educational materials have been donated to various schools across Africa as UBA Foundation continues to traverse the continent, contributing positively to the development of African youths.

The Accra High school assembly hall was packed with over 500 energetic and enthusiastic high school students who were already in reading mode as they prepare for their exams next week. They were eager to talk about their own ambitions and to read passages from The Fishermen.
Bola Atta, Acting CEO of the UBA Foundation, told the children that the Foundation was eager to give back to society and to contribute to creating  dynamic educational platforms for future generations on the continent. She encouraged the students to read voraciously saying: ‘the pursuit of knowledge should be a lifelong activity that starts at a very young age. You should read all types of books so that you can explore and shape your own narrative.’

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Abiola Bawuah, the CEO of UBA Ghana who was also present, advised the students to pay a lot of attention to studying. ‘Don’t spend all your time glued to your mobile phones. Spare some moments for reading also’ said Bawuah.
The Assistant Head master of Accra High School, Michael Addo thanked the UBA Foundation for coming to their Aid.

United Bank for Africa (UBA)Plc, Africa's global bank, is committed to being a socially responsible company and role model for all businesses in Africa. UBA understands that there is a need for a social contract between the bank, the communities in which it operates, and its people. To this end, in 2006, UBA became the first bank in Nigeria to institute a foundation, the UBA Foundation. As the Corporate Social Responsibility arm of the UBA Group, UBA Foundation is committed to the socio-economic betterment of communities across the African continent focusing on development in the areas of Environment, Education, Economic Empowerment and Special Projects.

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Senator Mbella Moki savagely trolls Buea Mayor over Fake certificates Senator Mbella Moki savagely trolls Buea Mayor over Fake certificates

Former Mayor of Buea, Senator Mbela Moki Charles, whose elevation to the higher powers of Yaounde was greeted with joy by a majority of Anglophones has lashed out at his successor calling him an Academic terrorists.Patrick Ekema Esunge stole the spotlight during the installation of Ngomo Horace Manga and Ako Edward Oben as Vice and Pro Chancellor of UB respectively when he was jeered for entering the prestigious institution through the back door, haven failed his A levels.

Senator Mbela acknowledges academic fraudsters as terrorists and questioned why the youths didn’t request the Mayor to be escorted out of the ceremony.He further explained that no fraudster is to be granted any courtesy to mount a high stage in a place like UB.

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Additionally, he questioned leading authorities of Buea for locking up Barrister Balla and Fontem but couldn’t arrest the said fraudster. It is no doubt that the legacy left behind by Senator Mbela has been completely ruined by his successor whose reign has been marked by violence.

The mayor has once been involved in a case of adultery where naked photos of him and his mistress stormed the social media. He has also been involved in a case of gun assault and brutalization involving fellow citizens. Ekema Patrick was the 1st Deputy Mayor of Mbella Moki but the pair became foes following

All eyes on this one, as the masses look up to see the reaction of his godmother Dorothy L. Njeuma, former Vc of UB, who granted him admission.

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    Government terrorises Jailed Consortium Leaders, Others Government terrorises Jailed Consortium Leaders, Others

    At about 4am July 7, prison guards stormed the cells hosting leaders of the Cameroon Anglophone Civil Society Consortium Leaders in the Kondengui Principal Prison in Yaounde.

    Barrister Felix Agbor Balla NKongho and Dr Fontem Aforteka’a Neba were taken unawares when the wardens barged into their cells, ransacking them and confiscating valuables. We gathered the prison guards seized all communication gadgets they found in both jail cells and equally took away all money they found therein.

    We also gathered the consortium leaders have been under lock and key since July 7. Visits are said to have been curtailed and the few visitors who are privileged to be given access to the duo, are thoroughly searched down to their underwear. The visitors are allowed to speak with the inmates only in the presence of a multitude of prison guards, we learned.

    Sources say the raid on the jail cells was carried out following instructions from the Ministry of Justice. Our source posited government could be trying to look for evidence to use in the on-going trial at the Yaounde Military Tribunal, of the consortium leaders and 71 other Anglophone detainees.

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    It is alleged the confiscated material were taken to the ‘Department for External Research commonly known by its French language abbreviation DGRE. The security facility beside the Yaounde Municpal Lake is said to be investigating the alleged crimes of the Anglophone detainees. Fears are rife the Consortium leaders may be transferred to secret detention centres of the facility where detainees are said to be tortured and locked up in unmarked poorly ventilated cells.

    We also learned last Friday’s raid was not limited to the consortium leaders. Jailed RFI journalist, Ahmed Abba, former mayor of Kolofata, Maitre Harrisou, a certain pastor and four other detainees were reportedly subjected to the same treatment.

    It should be recalled that Barrister Felix Agbor Kongho and Dr Fontem Neba were arrested on Tuesday January 17 in Buea and transferred overnight to Yaounde where they were detained in the dungeons of the gendarmerie headquarters for two days. They were transferred to the Kondengui Principal Prison January 20 and were later on charged by the military tribunal with terrorism, rebellion, insurrection, revolution among other related offences. They face a death penalty if found guilty.

    Many other Anglophones, including journalists arrested for allegedly committing crimes during the on-going protests against marginalisation of minority English-speaking Cameroonians, are yet to be charged. Such is the case with Atia Tilarious of The Sun newspaper, Amos Fofung of The Guardian Post and Mofor Ndong of Voice of the Voiceless newspaper arrested in Buea on February 9 and transferred to Yaounde. Others include Suh Funwi Paul Vincent, arrested on March 31st, Acha Constantine, Nyalum Gilbert, Nyombella Valery, Atanga Celestine,Mbuh Rene, Rev Fr Andrew Ambeazieh and Nche Benjamin.

    Critics are wondering why Government will resort to such crude moves if it is confident it has a good case against the Anglophone leaders.

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    Southern Cameroonian at the AU Commission Southern Cameroonian at the AU Commission

    Cameroon’s Sarah Mbi Enow Anyang Agbor is now the Commissioner for Human Resources, Science and Technology of the African Union Commission, AU.

    According to a release signed by Dion Ngute Joseph, Minister Delegate in charge of Relations with the Commonwealth, Sarah Mbi Enow Anyang Agbor’s election into the AU on June 30, marks Cameroon’s return within the executive of the commission, six years after the death of Elisabeth Tankeu who served as Commissioner of Trade.

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    Sarah Mbi Enow Anyang Agbor was born on May 2, 1969 and holds a PhD in  English literature. Before her election in Addis Ababa, she held the post of Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of research, cooperation and relations with the business world at the University of Bamenda. She was a vital link in the enhancement of the teaching and learning process in Cameroon with her department showcasing several MOU’s signed for the University of Bamenda to mentor some private Higher Institutions of learning in barely five years since the University went operational.The faithful Catholic from Besonghabang, Manyu Division, South West Region features prominently among women who make the nation proud in leadership.

    Her election, comes  barely few months after another Cameroonian woman, Vera Songwe was appointed to head the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa.


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    ]]> () Headlines|FF0000 Wed, 05 Jul 2017 09:35:48 +0000
    Controversial Twist in Prelate's Mysterious death as Assassination claim is Rubbished Controversial Twist in Prelate's Mysterious death as Assassination claim is Rubbished

    The Attorney General at the Centre Court of Appeal Jean Fils Ntamak has revealed that the late Bishop of Bafia Diocese His Lordship Jean Marie Benoit Bala was probably not killed contrary to position of Catholic Bishops.In a release made public Tuesday July 4, 2017 he stated that after thorough investigations carried out on the body of the Bishop who disappeared for three days before his body was found in the Sanaga River, it was concluded that he probably drowned in water.

    He said medical and forensic experts sent by Interpol after working on the body concluded that there was no violence of any form on the body of the prelate.The Attorney General said the body will be handed over to the Catholic Church for burial while investigations will continue. He did not specify the type of investigations that will be done without the body.

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    This outing comes to contradict that of Bishops of Cameroon who on June 14, 2017 declared that Bishop Bala was, “Brutally assassinated.”It also comes to contradict popular opinion which held that the Man of God was tortured on May 30, 2017 for several hours before being dumped in the Sanaga River.

    However questions on the circumstances which led to his death, why his sandals were wrongly placed and why his stomach remained flat have not been answered.The Catholic Church has not reacted.

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    Cameroon's Media watchdog draws Battleline against SCBC Cameroon's Media watchdog draws Battleline against SCBC

    The President of the National Communication Council has warned cable distributors in the North West and South West regions airing signals of the Southern Cameroons Broadcasting Corporation that will be heavily sanctioned if they continue doing so.Peter Essoka who was speaking during a working session with media professionals in Bamenda described their acts as rebellious, illegal and clandestine. 

    There is no doubt the SCBC has gained grounds and is very popular in the Anglophone regions of Cameroon. But Peter Essoka says the channel based in South Africa is out to destabilize the country. He advised cable operators against distributing such content whose legality is unknown. He says that the vision of the SCBC is against the fundamental  principles of the state.

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    The veteran journalist has urged cable distributors to  legalize their status or face crackdown from authorities.

    Peter Essoka's warnings comes on the heels of the arrest of a Ndop based cable distributor arrested for allegely broadcasting SCBC signals. Others have gone into hiding as they fear brutal crackdown from the regime as even viewers who patronize the channel now live in fear.

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    ]]> () SOUTHERN CAMEROONS|FF0000 Tue, 04 Jul 2017 07:37:31 +0000
    Elumelu Commends Afreximbank….Urges Other DFIs to Support African Businesses Elumelu Commends Afreximbank….Urges Other DFIs to Support African Businesses

    At the24th Annual General Meeting of the African Export-Import Bank(Afrexim), held in Rwanda, Tony O. Elumelu, CON, Chairman of Heirs Holdings and the Tony Elumelu Foundation, congratulatedAfrexim for the critical supportthat the Bank, led by President Oramah, provides for African businesses and its significant contribution to the development of cross-border trade and investment in Africa. 


    Mr Elumelu highlighted the role of African institutions, such asAfrexim,commenting that the Bank’s mission wasfurther evidence of Africa’s own ability to provide long-term, strategic financing to Africa’s economic and social development. “Afrexim brings a unique and highly relevant perspective to the challenge of supporting intra-African trade flow and ensuring value is created in and exported from our Continent” said Mr Elumelu. “I urge other development finance institutions, particularly the Bank’s African peers, to follow its example in providing transformational forms of funding to African businesses.”


    Mr Elumeluspokeon the topic “Cross-Border Investments as a Driver of Intra-African Trade and Industrialisation: Reflections from a Continental Business Leader", where he championed the agenda of the private sector, as the key contributor to Africa's ability to attract and implement sustainable investment. Mr Elumelu, who created Heirs Holdings, cited hisownapproach to long-term investment in critical sectors, such as power, finance and resources,across twenty African countries. According to Mr Elumelu, Africa mustgrow cross-border trade and investment, and attract both local and international investors.


    “An investment is not just about profit and returns. It is also about sustainability,” he explained. “What I want to see is Africans investing in Africa. We appreciate and welcome partnerships, but there is a generation of African businessmen and women, who have the capability and ambition to lead and transform Africa’s future. Let your money work in Africa”.


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    Elumelu also highlighted the importance of entrepreneurship. "We know the challenge and potential of Africa’s demographic explosion. That is why the Tony Elumelu Foundation is catalysing 1,000 entrepreneurs each year, with the objective of assisting 10,000 entrepreneurs over 10 years. Invest in the future, our youth," he told delegates.


    The meeting also witnessed the signing of aUS$100million facility between Afrexim and Heirs Holdings. This initial transaction, between Heirs Holdings and Afrexim, was, said Elumelu, “Just the beginning and a clear indication of the intent and capacity of both parties to identify means to grow Africa’s wealth and create sustainable business opportunities over time. We welcome this and hope this serves as an example to others”.


    Mr.Elumelu tasked more African Development Institutions to fund intra-Africa trade and businesses in a manner which will boost and embolden African business leaders and facilitate the further development of Africa's economy. The $100 million facility is to further support Heirs Holdings cross border investment programme. Heirs Holdings Limited is a pan African investment proprietary holding company with a portfolio of investments in 20 African countries, in key sectors of the African economy – Energy, financial services, real estate and hospitality. Elumelu commented further that support from African DFIs like the Afrexim bank are often symbolic - being less about the size of the cheque and more often because such support acts as a catalyst to other providers of investible capital. 


    Mr Elumelu concluded by calling for African leaders doing businesses across borders, to build legacies and focus on corporate governance, while building businesses that last. "It's all about legacy. We need to think about how history will judge us,” he stated.


    Themed “Trade and Economic Transformation”, this year’s Afrexim Annual General Meeting gathered level leaders from the public and private sectors, African Ministers of Finance, Trade and Investment, Central Bank Governors, Senior Government Officials, in a series of panel discussions to grow intra and extra-regional trade in Africa. The Meeting was opened by His Excellency, Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda who invited Africans present to invest in Rwanda. Other guests at the event included H. E. President OlusegunObasanjo, Former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; John Rwangombwa, Central Bank Governor of Rwanda and AlhajiAlikoDangote, Chairman, Dangote Group.





    Heirs Holdings is an African proprietary investment company, with interests in power, oil and gas, financial services, hospitality, real estate and healthcare, present in twenty African countries.  The Group’s operations are inspired by the economic philosophy of Africapitalism, which positions the private sector as the key enabler of economic and social wealth creation in Africa.


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    Christopher Fomunyoh Director at the NDI « Signing decrees in Yaounde regarding the crisis while keeping Anglophone leaders in jail will not resolve the grievances» Christopher Fomunyoh Director at the NDI « Signing decrees in Yaounde regarding the crisis while keeping Anglophone leaders in jail will not resolve the grievances»

     " I believe strongly that the crisis can be resolved; but it would have to be through genuine and inclusive dialogue in which the relevant segments of society are duly represented. Lives have been lost, property destroyed, academic years disrupted and even the functioning of courts and other public services negatively impacted; so this can no longer be treated as a simple case of corporatist demands. Huge segments of the population have lost confidence in the government’s ability to cater to their needs or heed their desire for their rights to be respected." Christopher Formunyoh was speaking in a exclusive interview with Hommes D'afrique Magazine



    The English-speaking part of Cameroon is enduring a prolonged crisis. When did it start? What is the cause of the problem?

    The current crisis burst to the surface in October 2016, provoked by grievances expressed by lawyers with regards to the application of Common Law in English speaking regions of Cameroon, and by teachers with regards to the role of the English language and the protection of the Anglo-Saxon curriculum in schools and colleges in the same regions of the country. These grievances had been simmering for many years. The brutality of the security services in responding to the actions of these two groups then sparked a general revolt within a population that has been feeling aggrieved and disaffected with the management of political power in Cameroon. It is unfortunate that lives have been lost in the process, properties have been destroyed and hundreds of Anglophone Cameroonians are now in detention, many of whom are being tried before a military tribunal in Yaounde on charges of terrorism and insurrection.

    How would you qualify the response of the government to the crisis?

    The government response showed a lot of weaknesses at the beginning of the crisis, perhaps because it hoped the crisis could be swept under the rug. First, there was the use of excessive brute force on university students and unarmed civilians who were demonstrating peacefully for their rights. Secondly, some government officials made very spiteful public statements that further inflamed tensions by claiming there was no marginalization of Anglophones in Cameroon, and this led many people to conclude that the government had underestimated the degree to which Anglophone Cameroonians are disaffected with its approach to governance over the past five decades. In more recent weeks, some actions have been taken by the government to address some of the specific demands by lawyers and teachers. However, it is difficult to imagine a definitive resolution of the ongoing crisis without a comprehensive approach that tackles all the issues raised through an inclusive and open dialogue with the most aggrieved parties and other Anglophone leaders. Needless to say that some of the solutions being proposed by the government are being undermined by the fact that highly respected Anglophone lawyers, University lecturers, teachers and civic leaders are still in detention in Yaounde. I see their unconditional release as a confidence building measure that could facilitate further dialogue, and I have publicly called on the government to do that.



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    Could you give the historical context that may help everyone to understand the crisis?

    The question of Anglophone marginalization in Cameroon has been recurrent at various points since independence in 1960, and reunification of the two Cameroons in 1961. Over time, these grievances have been exacerbated, notably by the dissolution of the Federal Republic of Cameroon in 1972 and its transformation into a unitary state; and then the changing of the country’s name in 1984 from “the United Republic of Cameroon” to just “the Republic of Cameroon” – which incidentally was the name of French speaking Cameroon prior to reunification in 1961. By this change, the government opened itself to criticism by many Anglophones that it no longer had regard for Anglophone Cameroonians. Moreover, over the years, Anglophones have felt shut out of senior government positions as illustrated by the fact that today, the most senior Anglophone is the fourth in line of state protocol, and not even in the line of presidential succession, as opposed to the second position that was initially written into the federal constitution of 1961. Also, only one Anglophone is a cabinet minister with a full portfolio in the current government (of about 40 ministers with portfolios), and that is the Minister of Forestry and Wildlife. For many Anglophones, this is a marginalization gone too far.

    How is the crisis affecting the rest of Cameroon?

    Media discussions around the crisis have provided an opportunity for many Cameroonians of the younger generation in all 10 regions of the country to gain insights into the country’s history. The crisis has also spurred leaders from other regions of the country -- within political parties, academia, civil society and religious bodies -- to speak out for social justice and equity. For example, when internet was shut down for three months in Anglophone regions of the country, some of the strongest advocates against that act of collective punishment and deprivation were fellow Cameroonians from other regions of the country, including many that are based in foreign countries such as France, Germany, Belgium, the United Kingdom and the United States. There’s no doubt that fellow Cameroonians in the other regions who have relatives and friends in the two Anglophone regions also feel the pinch, just as the slowdown in business in these regions has negatively impacted the economy of the country as a whole.

    What has so far been the African and the international reaction to that crisis? How do you appreciate that reaction?

    Africa and the world at large seem to be so consumed by other burning global crises that little attention is being paid to the situation in Cameroon. Of course, the special representative of the United Nations Secretary General for the Central Africa sub region visited the country at the peak of the crisis and may have contributed to the calming of tensions and lifting of the internet shut down. Some foreign governments issued statements through their embassies in Yaounde, but the overall response has been timid. Perhaps this is a sign that everyone hopes we would resolve the crisis without further loss of life and other forms of violence.

    What solution would you propose for the crisis?

    I believe strongly that the crisis can be resolved; but it would have to be through genuine and inclusive dialogue in which the relevant segments of society are duly represented. Lives have been lost, property destroyed, academic years disrupted and even the functioning of courts and other public services negatively impacted; so this can no longer be treated as a simple case of corporatist demands. Huge segments of the population have lost confidence in the government’s ability to cater to their needs or heed their desire for their rights to be respected. As Cameroonians, we therefore have an obligation to create an enabling environment in which all of the grievances raised can be thoroughly discussed and mutually agreeable solutions found. If citizens in Anglophone regions feel alienated from the Yaounde-based government, signing numerous decrees in Yaounde regarding the crisis while keeping Anglophone leaders in jail will not resolve the grievances. This is the 21st century and citizens are demanding for their voices to be heard and for their dignity to be respected. They want a seat at the table, and democratic governments have learned to provide the appropriate space for diverse viewpoints to be heard and integrated into decision making. I therefore believe that only through the creation of such proper space for healthy, constructive, and all-inclusive dialogue can we, as Cameroonians, find a common understanding on the way forward. Our forefathers negotiated important transactions with the colonial powers, and the generation of our fathers negotiated independence and reunification; there is therefore no reason why our generation which is more educated and better equipped than they were should be denied the opportunity to also hammer out the rules that will determine and guide our future wellbeing. You cannot deny a whole generation that opportunity, especially when their demand is inspired by a genuine desire to rectify the failures and shortcomings of past decades.

    Since independence in 1960, Cameroon has been ruled by only two presidents -- Ahmadou Ahidjo from 1960 to 1982, and then Paul Biya from that date up to today. What explains this fact? What are its consequences on Cameroon’s political and economic life?

    Your question definitely captures the very limited space for political entrepreneurship in Cameroon. Our inability to regularly renew political leadership in the country has led us to where we are today. We are governed by octogenarians whereas close to 60/65 percent of the population is less that 30 years old. Since independence, Cameroon as a country never experienced a peaceful transfer of power through the ballot box although Anglophone Cameroon did at the sub-national level. On the other hand, for African countries such as Senegal, Ghana, Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, Botswana, Kenya, Nigeria, Niger, Mali, Mauritius, South Africa, the alternation of political leadership is commonplace. Democracy in these African countries and lots more is vibrant; ours in Cameroon is on life support. This state of affairs has a chilling effect on our ability to thrive as a people. We are a country of giants suffocating under the yoke of sit-tight, autocratic old men, whose inability to live up to citizens’ expectations inhibit our ability to shine as a nation. This prevailing sense of lack of opportunity and political uncertainty also impacts negatively on the attractiveness of whatever business and investment opportunities we have but that are not being fully exploited.

     Presidential elections will be held in Cameroon in October 2018. Paul Biya, who will be 85 years old then will probably run for another seven-year term. Previous election results in Cameroon have been disputed because of fraud and the absence of a level playing field for candidates. What must be done to level the playing field during the competition and during the counting of the ballots?

    The need for electoral reform in Cameroon is long overdue. Many political parties and civil society organizations have drafted proposals on amendments that could improve the electoral framework and conditions for free and fair elections. I have always said that it is better to have a common understanding of the ground rules before we go into elections than to spend energy and resources managing post election crises because of failed or flawed polls. Cameroonians are clamouring for change. They are restive about the desire that it happen through the ballot box, and I hope that using modern technology, the election management body (ELECAM) and citizens groups would enhance transparency in the entire process so that the accuracy of the outcome is not in doubt, and the result is accepted peacefully by all parties and candidates. Cameroon’s track record on competitive presidential elections is abysmal, but the world is fast changing and global trends favor the younger generation who form the bulk of our demographics; and therefore extraordinary steps must be taken to make sure the 2018 polls are different from past experiences.

     In the lead up to the 2011 presidential election, rumors circulated that you would run. You didn’t. Why? Would you run for the next presidential election in 2018?

    October 2011 is behind us and, at the time, I did explain to my fellow compatriots during a press conference in Douala why I did not present my candidacy then. Six, seven years since that time, the situation of the country has changed dramatically. Cameroonians are worse off today than they were six years ago. Democracy in our country is under serious threat. Political space is shrinking everyday and political parties, human rights organizations, the media and youth across the entire country can attest to that. Citizens in various sectors of society -- health, education, the private sector, etc -- are restless about their conditions of life and wellbeing, and prospects for their future. Add to that the Anglophone crisis we just discussed, and superimpose on all that the existential threats of violent extremism and Boko Haram in the northern part of the country and cross border insecurity from neighboring Central African Republic in the Eastern part of the country. Obviously, it goes without saying that the stress level for the country is high. Under such circumstances, Cameroonians are yearning for new ideas and new faces at the helm. They are asking committed, patriotic citizens to make their utmost contributions at the right time to improve the future wellbeing of their fellow country men and women. I owe it to my fellow compatriots to make my expertise and experience, and my global relationships available to them in what must be a collective effort or endeavor to redeem the fate and future of our beloved country.

    Is that why you launched your personal Foundation in Cameroon, even as you continue to work for the National Democratic Institute (NDI) across the continent?

    In fact, the Fomunyoh Foundation ( was launched in 1999 for the purpose of improving the wellbeing of my fellow compatriots. It is a non-profit organization whose activities are very much focused on humanitarian causes, education, civil society capacity building and cultural development. I see the Foundation as an opportunity for me to give back to my Cameroonian community on the home front, and I am extremely pleased that since its launch 18 years ago, we have conducted activities in all 10 regions of the country, in partnership with educational institutions, traditional authorities, youth and women organizations. I am humbled and truly gratified that all of the Foundation’s activities are always highly appreciated by the populations we serve. As I have gone across the country, I see that the population’s needs are enormous, and we therefore plan to continue to do more in the years to come.


    source: Hommes D'Afrique Magazine N° 98 July 2017


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    Fate of Untaught Anglophones on a Balance as Government considers a Political decision Fate of Untaught Anglophones on a Balance as Government considers a Political decision

    Education authorities have been popping champagne over what they say is a successful conduct of official exams in the Anglophone regions despites arsons, threats and ghost towns. But the fate of students and pupils in promotion classes  still lies on a balance and that has made their joy short-lived .   We have learnt government is considering a political decision for pupils and students in the North West and South West regions over their academic fate. Following the Anglophone crisis  which has grounded schools in the Anglophone regions since November last year, the government will decide whether untaught students will move to the next class or repeat.

    Secondary and Basic education Ministers are due to make a trip to the North West and South West regions in days ahead to discuss with regional officials on the fate of students and pupils in promotion classes on the issue. The resolution of this forum will be forwarded by the Ministers to government for  a decision to be made.

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    Authorities of Confessional schools on their part say it is abnormal for untaught students to gain promotion. They maintain that the only measuring rod to rate students is exams and if there is no exams the  they have to repeat.   These religious schools were not part of this year's public exams because their students were not taught.

    In the meantime, heads of Government primary,  secondary and High schools were expected to send a detailed report of how their  institutions have fared during the crisis to the Ministries of Basic and Secondary education . This will also enable Government better know the approach to take to decide the fate of pupils and students in these troubled regions.

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    Bill on Internet Rights soon in Parliament Bill on Internet Rights soon in Parliament


    A private member’s bill seeking to protect the rights of internet users in Cameroon will soon be tabled at the National Assembly for scrutiny.

    Arrangements for the tabling of the bill, an initiative of Bamenda-based non-governmental organization, A Common Future, The Cameroon Journal learnt yesterday, are far advanced.

    Colbert Gwain Fulai, founder and Executive Director of A Common Future said recently that should the bill sail through, issues such as internet shutdown and surveillance by government should be brought under control.

    Going by a draft of the bill titled “Creating a ‘Digital Bill of Rights’ for Cameroon: Why do we need it and what should we include?” the initiators disclosed that amongst other things, it seeks to ensure that the civil and human rights that apply in the physical world also apply online.

    The bill, they said, also aims to establish the key rights that are particular to the digital sphere, ensure greater transparency around the ways in which government and private companies use personal data as well as protect and control citizens to take control of their own personal data and to make information choices about their digital lives.

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    In an introductory note, the initiators wrote: “Drawing from the sad experience of an unprecedented internet shutdown in parts of Cameroon and the human, economic, social, cultural and political consequences on Cameroon, this bill sets forth principles, guarantees, rights and duties for the use of the internet in Cameroon and establishes guidelines for action by government and its citizens in relation to the internet so that internet shutdowns do not become the new common in this nation.”

    President Paul Biya ordered the restoration of internet services in the northwest and southwest regions of the country on April 20, 93 days after government shutdown the facility following protests in the Anglophone regions of the country.

    The internet blackout was met with criticism and even more protests as regions unaffected by the shutdown led an online #BringBackOurInternet campaign to restore internet services to Anglophone regions. Rebecca Enonchong, a Cameroonian tech entrepreneur, said the campaign “was an expression of solidarity for those in the no-internet zones.” She told Quartz, “The millions of tweets of support gave them hope.” The blackout was also condemned by internet advocacy groups and United Nations officials, who described it as a rights violation.

    Despite the blackout, some Cameroonian startups found ways to get online by creating an internet refugee camp  On an even brighter note, during the shutdown, 17-year-old Nji Collins Gbah, whose hometown was cut off the internet, emerged as the first African winner in Google’s annual coding competition.

    Cameroon has never adopted a Private member bill and at a time when government has announced sanctions to those who publish "false" information on social media, its certain the bill might have a tough fence to scale through from the CPDM dorminate house.

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