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It was on the 26th of June 2003 in a Confederations cup Semi final game pitting Cameroun-Columbia, when Marco fondly called dropped dead at the 72nd minute of the game. MARCO collapsed at the centre circle alone and was tried to restart his heart by mouth to mouth resuscitation to no avail. He was stretched off the field to the stadium medical room where he died 15mins later.


It should be noted that the Team coach Winfried Schafer noticed some fatigue before his collapse and had signalled his replacement which Marco refused that he would play on.
A second autopsy saw evidences of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a hereditary condition known to increase risk of sudden death during physical exercise.
Foe's widow Marie-Louise stated that he had been ill with gastric problems and dysentry before the match.
FIFA Confederation Cup is a tournament played by continental champions from 6 continents, World cup holders and the next host Nation.
MARCO played the wins of Brazil and Turkey and rested against USA because Cameroun already qualified.
Marc Vivien Foe was born 1st May 1975 in Yde. He started as a junior with 2nd Division Union Garoua and later moved to Canon Yde, one of the biggest clubs in Cameroun. He won the Cameroun cup in 1993.
His international debut was against Mexico in Sept. 1993. He was part of the national squad for USA 94, starting all the 3 matches.
Junior category.
91-92 Union Garoua.
92-94, Fogape Yde.
Senior career.
94-99, Canon Yde.
99-2000, West Ham united.
2000-2003, Lyon.
(2002-2003) Man City on Loan.
National team. 1993-2003.
You left a legacy! Marco RIP.

Despite the anti-immigrant rhetoric coming from the "Leave" campaign, not all British citizens of African decent believe that the UK should remain in the EU.

The eyes of the world are on the UK this week as it heads into its historic referendum to decide whether voters want Britain to leave the European Union (Brexit) or remain a member of the bloc. Among those taking to the polls Thursday are hundreds of thousands of Africans, both British Africans and Commonwealth citizens living in the UK. Around two percent of the country's population described themselves as black African or mixed African in the last census.

The vote has been described as the decision of a generation and for many voters it's a tough choice. At a market in the northeast of the city, Londoners from all over the world are buying and selling everything from brightly coloured fabrics to dried fish. Opinions about Brexit are just as varied.

Ian Campbell, a perfume trader, was born in London to Nigerian parents. He finds himself split between the two options because much of his business is linked to European trade.

"As a self-employed person, one side says leave and one side says remain. It's hard! What's best for my children?" he asked.

African voters

Campbell is one of over half a million British Africans living in London. Around the country there are also hundreds of thousands of Africans eligible to vote because they're citizens of the Commonwealth, an organisation mostly made up of countries which were formerly part of the British Empire, including 18 African states.

This has angered some people who say only British citizens should be allowed to vote. But it is also something that the euro-sceptic UK Independence Party (UKIP) and the "Leave" campaign have been trying to capitalise on.

"The leader of the UKIP party said that if they are to leave the EU, there will be better chances for those from Commonwealth countries of which I am one," said Clement Edeh, a 29-year-old Nigerian studying for an MBA in London.

He is, however, not convinced that a Brexit would be good for Commonwealth citizens and has picked up on the racial undertones in some of the anti-immigrant rhetoric coming from UKIP. And because of certain comments from the party which Edeh considered "racist," he is not leaning toward a Brexit.

Fear remains

Other citizens of African decent are prepared to overlook such undertones in the Leave campaign's anti-immigration policies. Fifi is a 55-year-old beauty therapist from Liberia who has been in Britain for 25 years. But even as an immigrant herself, she is wary of welcoming too many additional immigrants.

"I'm terrified of all this terrorism," she said. "I don't think the government has control over the situation at the moment so I really do not think I will be voting to remain [in the EU]."

But not all British Africans fear an influx of immigrants. Esther Koroma came to the UK from Sierra Leone and appreciates the opportunities she has had as an immigrant in London.

"If God granted me the opportunity to stay, I believe someone else should also have the opportunity," she said.

Militants and sympathisers of the Cameroon People’s Democratic Movement (CPDM) thronged the ruling party’s birthplace at the Bamenda Congress Hall to be witnesses to the commissioning of pioneer Permanent members of North West Regional and Divisional delegations of the Central Committee on June 22, 2016.  

While enjoining them to improve the quality of political work and increase performance, the Secretary General of the Central Committee, Jean Nkuete, prescribed solidarity among the new structures conceived to accompany and support grassroots militancy.

Leading the North West Delegation was H.E. Philemon Yang with members and Chargé de Missions who include; HRH Aneng Francis, Mrs Regina Mundi, Alhadji Baba Ahmadou Danpullo, Dr Nwana Sama Bernard and  Okie  Johnson. Hon. Waingeh Albert Ndim, Shey Jones Yembe, Nji Fidelis, Uphie Chinje Melo, Prof Daniel Lantum and Atanga Nji Paul respectively head the Boyo, Donga Mantung, Menchum, Ngoketunjia, Bui and Mezam delegations.

Going back to the December 9, 2015 and May 19, 2016 appointment decisions by the CPDM National Chairman, Paul Biya, Jean Nkuete said it is all about a vast modernisation exercise which involves major political and strategic operations to firmly sustain the CPDM party. Setting the tone for the event, Mezam 1B Section President, Cletus Anye Matoya appealed for party Chairman, Paul Biya to launch the next Presidential elections in Bamenda, North West region whose party faithful have stated preparedness to stand by him as their candidate.

Members of the National Evaluation Commission For Training Domains Offered Abroad held its 80th session yesterday June 22, 2016 during which a fake foreign diploma was uncovered. The session, which was chaired by the President of the Commission, Minister of Higher Education, Professor Jacques Fame Ndongo, in the presence of the Vice-President of the Commission, Minister of Public Service and Administrative Reforms, Michel Ange Angouing, verified the authenticity of some 289 foreign certificates obtained by Cameroonians abroad while giving these certificates an equivalent in the country.

The certificates, which include CEF, BEPC, Baccalaureat, GCE/AL, DEUG, Bachelor, DEA, Masters and Doctorate. Professional diploma- CAP, BT, BP, BTS, HND, postgraduate, professional bachelor and Master, doctorate in medicine and pharmacy, among others are coming from 37 countries in the world’s eight continents. The commission made proposals on equivalence between foreign and national certificates, academic titles and grades, as well as recognised foreign institutions whose certificates can lead to the absorption, reclassification or advancement of civil servants of the various corps of the Cameroonian civil service while respecting the rules and regulations in force.

Amongst the certificates examined were three fake diplomas. According to the Director in Charge of the Coordination of Academic Affairs at the Ministry of Higher Education, Professor Wilfred Gabsa, the number of fake certificates detected this year is not much as compared to past years. The National Commission also rejected three certificates and sent one back to the inter-ministerial sub-technical committees for re-evaluation.

Prof Gabsa said these diplomas have effectively gone through three different inter-ministerial sub-technical committees which were made up of experts from the Ministries in charge of  Secondary Education, Professional Training, Public Health  and had began the job of scrutinising foreign diplomas. These committees have already taken decisions that were re-examined and validated by the National Commission for the Evaluation of Training Domains Offered Abroad.

Cameroon Tribune

The growth of Africa’s comic culture has given rise to the likes of Comic Republic with superhero characters and lifestyles that Africans can finally relate with and the reception so far has been incredible. However, a young Cameroonian may just have taken this initiative to the next level. Madiba Olivier, who has always enjoyed video games, is now pioneering his own brand of games with African content and characters in central Africa by incorporating African folklore.

Olivier decided to invest in his passion by establishing Kiro’o Games, central Africa’s first video game studio that is creating a new narrative and visual benchmark for the gaming industry. With their latest project, Aurion: Legacy of the Kori-Odan, an action-RPG (Role Playing Game), the studio intends to unify and transmit African culture by combining various myths, tales and traditional values into the gaming experience.

“The history of our continent is rich … we took inspiration from local Cameroonian traditions, like the Ngondo festival celebrated by the Sawa people, and we also incorporated symbolism adapted from that of the Akan people of Ghana, specifically the Adinkra writing style,” said Olivier.

“Aurion: Legacy of the Kori-Odan” is set in a world of elemental energies and ancestral powers, where players assume the role of a traditional ruler, Enzo Kori-Odan, rightful ruler of the Zama kingdom, who uses the Aurion power granted him by his ancestors to regain control of his kingdom.

Initially named Madibao Corporation Studio, Kiro’o Games was established in 2003 by Olivier Madiba with two of his friends, Yakan Dominique and Waffo Hugues. The name Kiro’o is derived from “kiroho maonno” Swahili for “spiritual vision.” However, establishing and pioneering one of Central Africa’s first indigenous video games was not easy. Aside tackling daily power outages, the company’s business director, Boyogueno Roland, said it was quite difficult to get initial funding because investors were sceptical of the project.

“We started the project in 2003 but it was very difficult for us to find funding in the first place,” he said. But with the support of Cameroon’s ministry of arts and culture, Kiro’o Games got the much needed credibility it sought.

The project also got a successful crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter gaining $50,000 in support from backers. And regarding power cuts, the company has resorted to the use of solar energy for future projects. However, the company would like to gain more trust and support from local investors. According to Roland, the business can be profitable, and its success would encourage other Africans to delve into the gaming industry.

The ongoing Euro 2016 tournament in France should probably be named the Euro-Afro Cup. There is a staggering 44 players of African descent playing at the this year’s tournament. DR Congo has the most with 9 playing including the Lukaku brothers (Romelu & Jordan), followed by Nigeria and Cape Verde both with 5 players each. Cameroon, Mali and Senegal are represented by 3 players each. Other countries also featured are Ghana, Angola, Guinea, Morocco, Tunisia, Tanzania, Ivory Coast, etc,


Below are the list of players and the countries.

Angola : 2
William Carvalho (Portugal),
Blaise Matuidi (France)

Cameroon : 3
Breel Embolo (Suis),
François Moubandje (Suiss),
Samuel Umtiti (France)

Cap-Verde : 5
Eliseu (Portugal),
Gelson Fernandez (Suiss),
João Mário (Portugal),
Nani (Portugal),
Renato Sanches (Portugal)

Ivory Coast : 2
Johan Djourou (Suis),
Jonathan Tah (Germany )

Egypt : 1
Stephan El Shaarawy (Italy)

Ethiopia : 1
Theodor Gebre Selassie (rep of chezh)

Ghana : 1
Jérôme Boateng (Germany )

Guinée : 1
Paul Pogba (France)

Guinée-Bissau : 2
Danilo Pereira (Portugal),
Eder (Portugal)

Kenya : 2
Martin Olsson (Sweden),
Divock Origi (Belgium)

Mali : 3
Moussa Dembélé (Belgium ),
Ngolo Kanté (France),
Moussa Sissoko (France)

Morocco : 2
Marouane Fellaini (Belgium),
Adil Rami (France)

Nigeria : 5
David Alaba (Austia),
Dele Alli (England ),
Angelo Ogbonna (Italy),
Rubin Okotie (Austria),
Hal Robson-Kanu (Pays de Galles)

DR Congo : 9
Michy Batshuayi (Belgium),
Christian Benteke (Belgium),
Jason Denayer (Belgium),

Christian Kabasele (Belgium),
Jordan Lukaku (Belgium),
Romelu Lukaku (Belgium),
Steve Mandanda (France),
Eliaquim Mangala (France),
Denis Zakaria (Swizland)

Sénégal : 3
Patrice Evra (France),
Bacary Sagna (France),
Leroy Sané (Germany)

Tunisia : 1
Sami Khedira (Germany )2016:

Tanzania: 1
Marcus Rashford
(England)2016

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