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By Francis Wache (originally published in the Post Newspaper) “Bamenda, the place where heroes go to die.” That is how Julius Wamey, the famous CRTV anchor, in an article titled in the same words, described the headquarters of the Northwest Region some years back. The name ‘Bamenda’, has, over the years, come to represent the whole Region. With a hint of pride in their voices, natives of the Region, living ‘abroad’, would say they are from ‘Bamenda’ when, in reality, they are referring to Din, Akweto, Essimbi… ‘Bamenda’, has, therefore, become generic- a reference to the whole Region. (We use... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2015 at Eyeball To Eyeball
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By Chris Mbunwe (The Post Newspaper) After one year in office, the Mayor of Nkor-Noni Council in Bui Division, Francis Wache and Councillors, have recorded some impressive strides in Development. Mayor Francis Wache, left, with SDF Chairman Ni John Fru Ndi Speaking at a press conference on Sunday, October 19 in Nkor, Mayor Wache enumerated projects realised within one year; opening and grading municipal roads, building of bridges and gutters, construction of market toilets and urinals, construction of Council registration office, donation of textbooks to primary and secondary schools, reception of books from the Fomuyoh Foundation for the Nkor Council... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2014 at Eyeball To Eyeball
By Chris Mbunwe (The Post) The people of Noni Subdivision have been told to set aside partisanship or political party leanings and work in synergy for the overall interest of the municipality. This is the main message Mayor Francis Kongnyuy Wache carried across six villages that he visited during his maiden meet-the-people tour that took him and fellow Councilors to the villages of Din, Djottin, Lasin, Mbinon, Bvugoi, and Nkor. Welcoming the Mayor to Nkor, where he had to conclude his visit, June 29, the National President of Nkor Development Authority, NDA, Ignatius Nforme Nsabinla, said the people of Nkor... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at Eyeball To Eyeball
By Francis Wache Mandela, the global icon, is no more. The legend passed away – finally!!! – on Thursday, December 5 after battling with a protracted illness. At first, he was said to be “serious but stable”. Later, his situation was described as “critical”. As the minutes ticked to the inexorable end, he was said to be “stable and responding” Then the bombshell: “Mandela is no more”! Mandela stands tall as the most outstanding figure of the twentieth century. In his lifetime, he was revered, adored, venerated, adulated...Yet, when he was born in 1918, nothing, really, predestined him for greatness,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2013 at Eyeball To Eyeball
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Originially published by The Eye Newspaper Thousands gathered at the Nkor Municipal Grandstand on December 3, 2013 to witness the groundbreaking installation ceremony of the newly elected mayor of Nkor Council, Wache Francis. Before commissioning Wache Francis into his new function as mayor of Nkor Council, the Senior Divisional Officer for Bui Division, Nzeki Theophile expressed joy to the population of the municipality for the massive turn out. According to Nzeki Theophile, the massive turnout is not only a pointer to the fact that the entire community supports the incoming executive of the council but it also shows the importance... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2013 at Eyeball To Eyeball
By Ernest Sumelong CameroonPostline.com -- The Executive Editor/Publisher of The Post, Francis Wache was, Wednesday, October 16, voted Mayor of Nkor Noni, Bui Division of the Northwest Region. Wache, who had led a robust SDF campaign against a powerful CPDM team led by Prime Minister Philemon Yang during the September 30, 2013 twin elections, was rewarded for his sterling oratory qualities and unmatched political savvy with popular votes in the mayoral election on October 16. Wache had, before his mayoral election, secured a hard won victory for the SDF in that council against powerful money-wielding CPDM barons during the municipal... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2013 at Eyeball To Eyeball
By Francis Wache It is now two decades after Anglophones gathered in their historic capital, Buea, to, as Chinua Achebe would have put it, “find out where the rain started beating them.” They converged on Mount Mary in droves: Traditional Rulers, Religious Authorities, Ministers, Business Magnates, Buyam-Sellams, the young, the old. Everybody who was somebody was there. It was, in a way, the gathering of the Anglophone Tribe. On that occasion, people radiated pride for being Anglophones. Justice (Paramount Chief) S.M.L. Endeley called on the spirits of the Bakweri ancestors to bless and protect the occasion. Dr. J.N. Foncha drew... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2013 at Eyeball To Eyeball
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By Francis Wache CameroonPostline.com -- His novels span the historical tapestry of his country, Nigeria. Beginning with Things Fall Apart, a novel that recaptured the colonial era, Chinua Achebe depicted Okonkwo, the protagonist, who valiantly fought against the colonialists. Things Fall Apart, Achebe’s debut novel (1958) is said to have sold 10 million copies. It has also been translated into 50 languages, a phenomenal literary feat. Then, sequentially (not chronologically), came Arrow of God which, in a sense, pursued the clash of cultures between Winterbottom, the colonialist and Ezeulu, the colonised, who, truculently, tells a messenger from the colonial master... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2013 at Eyeball To Eyeball
In this interview with Patrick Sianne, Francis K. Wache, Executive Editor of The Post newspaper, talks about the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI. Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2013 at Eyeball To Eyeball
By Francis Wache CameroonPostline.com -- After the October 2011 presidential poll, Cameroon entered a state of stupor. So much had been put into winning that election that extremists of the CPDM indulged in an orgy of election rigging and trampled underfoot all basic democratic principles. After pocketing his victory, Mr Paul Biya and his lackeys, buoyed by the arrogance of power, watched as the country stagnated or rolled in slow motion. The inertia earlier condemned by Biya, himself, was elevated to a style of administration. Against such a dismal backdrop, the disillusioned population went on eking a living, or as... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2013 at Eyeball To Eyeball
By Francis Wache It is debatable now, Mr Marafa Hamidou Yaya, whether history will recognise you as a linchpin of the CPDM, the umpteenth Secretary General of Mr Biya’s Presidency, the fire-fighting Minister of Territorial Administration who, at the last minute, salvaged doomed twin parliamentary and municipal elections in 2002, or the outstanding, popular, award-winning epistolary writer Cameroonians have recently discovered in you. As you prepare to release your blockbuster account of your romance and tribulations with Biya’s New Deal, it might be helpful for you to see what your predecessors, languishing in fetid cells around the globe, penned down... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2012 at Eyeball To Eyeball
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By Francis Wache Growing up in the 50s in the verdant valleys of Noniland, chances were stacked more on the side of Nazarius (a name he dropped) Bole Butake becoming a tapper of frothy palm wine or a farmer a la Achebe’s Okonkwo, levelling the hillocks and mulching the valleys. He did not choose those paths. Instead, he heard about the Golden Fleece and, because he was highly intelligent, he convinced his uncle to send him to Sacred Heart, a leading Catholic College. He had lost both parents in babyhood. He will later attend the prestigious CCAST Bambili, the lone... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2012 at Eyeball To Eyeball
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By Francis Wache After celebrating 22 years of its existence, the time for the Social Democratic Front (SDF) party to champion a generational revolution in Cameroon has come. And, to do this, young militants must be encouraged and empowered to play a frontline role. Sadly, octogenarians and nonagenarians continue to occupy centre stage and play key roles in the life of our nation when young, dynamic and creative youngsters peep helplessly from the periphery. Some of those in these top positions boast about how young they were when they joined the leadership. Yet, they are not prepared to create room... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2012 at Eyeball To Eyeball
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By Francis Wache CameroonPostline.com -- With the arrest and detention of Chief Ephraim Thomas Inoni and Prince Marafa Hamidou Yaya on Monday, April 16, Biya can be said to have completed a cabinet composed of detainees. Now, we are told, there will be weekly ministerial meetings in prison, to be chaired by PM Chief Inoni, himself. Although there are three former Secretaries General currently languishing in jail, Jean-Marie Atangana Mebara will qualify as the Secretary General of the Kondengui Cabinet because, as the latest holder of the post, he can be said to be more conversant with State affairs. Professor... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2012 at Eyeball To Eyeball
By Francis Wache On Sunday, March 25, the early trends of the Senegalese presidential polls showed that Abdoulaye Wade was losing the bid for the Presidency. Without waiting for the final results, he did not only acknowledge defeat; better still, he called Macky Sall, his rival and onetime Prime Minister, to congratulate him. This gesture was not unprecedented. In fact, in 2000, when the polls also showed that Wade was in the lead, his opponent, Abdou Diouf, against the advice of his lackeys who wanted him to rig the rural votes, picked the phone and called and congratulated Wade. This,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2012 at Eyeball To Eyeball
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By Francis Wache On the morning of March 8, 2007, the day I heard of Bate Besong’s (BB’s) death, I was shattered. Devastated. Numb. “No,” I murmured. “This can’t be true.” I sprang out of bed. Bad news travels fast. That day, my phone rang - incessantly. Most callers, incredulity dripping through their voices, wanted me to confirm that it was not true. I could not. It was true. For, as soon as the news broke, I’d called the gendarmerie station at Edea where, a gendarme officer, a certain Agbor or Ayuk, confirmed the death. I drove to BB’s house.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2012 at Eyeball To Eyeball