Born in Kenya and raised in Bamenda, Dr Vera Songwe, the newly appointed Executive Secretary for United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, becomes the first woman ever to head this important unit of the United Nations. Before her Appointment, Dr. Songwe has been Regional Director, covering West and Central Africa for the International Finance Corporation.
This appointment has brought lots of smiles on the faces of many passionate Anglophones and some say it is a step in the right direction given the state of affairs in the country.
According to Lapsambu Clement, a fervent activist of the Anglophone struggle, this appointment could just be the last straw that might break the camel’s back.
Clement says “God has a way of doing His things. We have been clamouring for the UN to intervene in the current struggle but it has almost fallen on deaf ears. Little did we know that God is busy preparing one of us to head this very important unit of the United Nations. Now we have somebody in such an important position and she will surely facilitate to make our voice heard in the international community”.
Although many are happy, Critics say only time will tell. “I think we should watch and see her stands as regards the struggle in the weeks ahead. It is too early to judge” says a Douala based.