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Schizophrenia and other delusional maladies take different forms. Ma Mary is right to point out that depression resulting from poverty and a bleak future can lead to diseases of the mind. Mr Pastor is preaching to a choir which is so big it is mind buggling. The whole of Southern Cameroon have been hypnotised by dark political forces. And they will believe anything. But we should not despair; their eyes will be opened sooner than later. Elvovo South Africa believes in god- what a loss.
Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. I agree with simplice. The headline should have read. CAMEROONIAN PASTOR DISCOVERS CURE FOR SCHIZOPHRENIA
Permit me to join in the chorus in wishing all Southern Cameroonians a Happy Birthday. May it truly be a happy one in the realisation of the cause. Mr Sam Fonkem, that is an article worth every bit of the ink and paper. This is a genuine analysis of the our kind of politics. Congratulations.
Many commentators who know Dr Njiki say he was a good man. At least, that he was good Grammaire Maestro. Whether he was good or bad, no one deserves to die the way he did. Nothing justifies, taking the life of another; be he Saddam Hussein, Adolf Hitler or Etienne Njiki. Haven said that, we must all admit that in a perfectly natural world, these things do happen. And when they do, we should resort to natural civilised means to correct them. We should all call for and do our bit to fight for a good judicial system in our country. Calling gods, (God, Allah, Yahweh, Vishnu, Ganesha etc) will not and has never helped any nation or people. Facts abound in the dreamy heads god followers. The only fact I know from Emah's god, is that he is a jealous and proud of it, vindictive, genocidal, homophobic, infanticidal fellow who orders his supposedly chosen people to kill others. Open your eyes. Imagine the Hutus of Rwanda saying they massacred Tutsis because god ordered them to do so. Isn't that quite the same thing as killing the Philistines?
The Cameroonian society has been robbed of many an intellectual whose contribution (good or bad) we all want. Perhaps, these men and women consciously contributed in training young minds. Or may be not. May be they would have helped in time to come, in nation building when they are finally brought to justice. Whatever way we choose to look at it, most right minded persons would want them to be here rather thant there. Wherever there is. It takes a simple but yet not so simple event as death to scare us into conjuring up gods and demons who should mete out justice and heal wounds of grief or take revenge for us. No one has the right to take the life of another human being. But when this has happened as it inevitably does, we should wish and work hard to build and sustain an accountable justice system. Criminals of all kinds should be made to pay for their crimes. Unfortunately that is not the case in our beloved Cameroon. And all we miserable folk are left with is cries for gods that don't exist. The sooner we stand up and solve our own problems, the better. No god ever did anything for any one or nation.
A sad story indeed! No matter what differences people had with this man, he served his community. He may have held different views to the reality that faced many a Cameroonian but he always thought what he was doing was the right thing. And boy, could he forge ahead and do things. In this world, there are two kinds of people; those who talk about doing things and those who do things. Herbert Nganjo Endeley was one of those who did things. Whether right or wrong, good or bad, he did things. He had a larger than life character and that is displayed here in the magnanimity shown him by those who disagreed with him while he lived. My sincere sentiments to his entire family, Esuka Robert, my thoughts are with you. Why should we fear death? That which can only be when we are not. I know you know what I am talking about.
Akoson, You asked Rexon for HARD proof that Ngoh's publicity stunt is questionable. If the whole thing is not self explanotory then I don't know what to say. Almost every commentator with some knowledge of UB acknowledges the fact that this man "was" corrupt. His supporters are now saying this move, wipes the slate clean. How? I do not know. Those you should be asking proofs from are those who claim this single move makes a "corrupt" man honest. Does it differ from the one in Yaounde where Titus Edzoa is languishing in jail while embezzlers drive fancy cars? Does the fact that Munchipou Saidou is in jail for corruption change Cameroon into a well governed country? I support Rexon in this regard though I may differ with is phraseology
This is one of the most important debates that Cameroonians can engage in. First and foremost; most English-speaking Cameroonians see UB with a lot of pride. Destroying it with fake certificates is absolutely wrong. Secondly, we must appreciate that these are our future leaders. These young minds seem to have learned more from the likes of Ngoh than is necessary. Having said that, I would like to point out to Watesih that the debate is not about fake certificates per se. It is about the news article published by the POST above. It is all about the publicity stunt pulled by Ngoh and the corrupt police commissioner. That kind of window dressing is pervasive in the Cameroonian system. Watesih has still to provide any evidence that Ngoh has changed. No one in his right mind will support any fogery. The argument is that there are more and Ngoh is complicit in some cases. Watesih, please deny that. This kind of window dressing engaged in by Ngoh and co attempts to pull the wool over the eyes of idiots. But not those who can see clearly. Reminds me of the evangelical fellow who doubled up as a thief. Sadly for him everyone knew about his nightly activities. But he had a plan, every time he appeared in a new community to preach; he told them how the devil had tempted him many times. He talked about how he was saved from the damnable sin of stealing. People fell for the ploy and lowered their guard. Then he stroke, again and again and again. Girls, beware of sexually transmitted marks.
Rexon, Now you are talking. Those who claim Ngoh is fighting corruption and is not corrupt should bring out their evidence. Argue on principle without insulting others. All Ngoh did was a publicity stunt as you rightly put it. It is no different from the stunt that has seen Titus Edzoa and Munchipou in jail while the rest are enjoying their loot. Those who cite that as evidence of change are not worth debating with. PERIOD
Agbor T, Balanced comments. It may help to explain that it is not the fault of the commissioner but rather that of the journalist who wrote the article. Trying to understand what some of them write is some times as tedious as drawing blood from stone. Having said that, I fail to see how or why NGOH has all of a sudden changed. Permit my two cents comment, I do not know the man. However, it appears that even his supporters agree that he was involved in corrupt activities but has now changed. How some commentators know that Ngoh has changed baffles me. The man claims fraudsters will be expelled and we are supposed to celebrate that he has changed? Is it different from a couple of ministers being made scape goats while the gravy train rolls on? Are we that stupid and cheap? If anything, I gather from this article that Ngoh is a hypocrite. How can an intellectual with his thinking faculties intact say "The drive is to curb corruption as prescribed by the Head of State, Prime Minister, President of the National Assembly and the Minister of Higher of Education." Only when the president and prime minister stipulate it, does he think it is corruption. Fabricated UB certificates are as many and varied as there poor Cameroonians who didn't make the grade. Some commentators in the forum comment in a manner as to deceive their own conscience. In principle, I do not see how any one would condone corruption. Whether other people are corrupt too is really besides the point. Some commentators have adopted certain mantras and would brandish the words "evil, corrupt, junta, murderer, thiefs etc" at the sight of any article. Exposes minds in a humourous light.
My Cameroonian brothers and sisters, this is a sad story. All of us should be disgusted by stories like this. Admitted, the story is badly written. I would rather fault the journalist who put pen to paper than the account of the helpless victim. What other evidence do we need than pictures of a bound 18 year old girl? Haven't people gone to prison for tying up dogs like that? Can any of you living in America or Europe tie up a goat like that? George, Thank you very much for pointing out the inhumane treatment this girl has received. Watesih, Ma Mary, Muki StoneHall who normally write insightful political commentary bearly reacted to this gross violation of human rights. Watesih goes ahead to call the victim a PSYCOPATH. What he means by psycopath, can only exist in his mind. Many of you are questioning why the victim claims to have enjoyed being raped. That is just ignorance; no one can prevent their body from responding in sexual encounters. Rape simply means she DID NOT consent to sex. Yes, she could have been aroused by the kissing and then took off her own pants. We do not know whether she took them off on orders from the man of god. But we can safely assume it to be so without fear of contradiction. The bottom line is that she claims she did not willingly consent to sex. Many commentators in the forum have taken the safe and easy way out of asking for investigations etc. Others have chosen to castigate the victim. Is it strange that a child who has suffered such inhumane treatment (probably from birth) would appear stupid and incoherent to most of you? Discrediting her while calling for an investigation into her story for me is just covering your own biasis. Is it a surprise to any of us, that such things happen more often than not to orphans? Every one needs protection from paedophiles and sex pests. Whether deranged or not. Deranged people have been raped before. In fact there was the story of a woman in Douala a couple of years ago who raped a deranged vagrant on the streets for some magical powers. Mystical nonsense apart, does any one condone such behaviour? Shouldn't we all be crying from the rooftops for the protection of those who cannot defend themselves? I admit that she could be lying. She could be trying to get back at these people who have treated her so badly most of her life. No one seems to have commented on the fact that the pastor's daughter is in second year varsity while a forster child is only good for sewing. Such things could stir the poor child to make wild claims about sexual abuse. However, we should not call her names without allowing the wheels of justice to turn first. Give her chance as long as there is a likelihood that she could have been raped. As for the physical and mental abuse she has suffered through out her life, the man of god and his family deserve lengthy jail terms.
Tekum Mbeng, I will continue to defend your point that "creativity cannot be legislated". Mettaboy has given more substance to that view. However, you have dragged this debate several years backwards by linking the word "research" and "utility". And in doing so, you made a veiled attack on one tribe "Widikum". You seem to have missed the original suggestion I made; which intentionally referred to the Bamileke. Stir off the tribalistic tendency, it is hurtful to you and others. I have often made the naive mistake of thinking that the humanities were less important compared to the sciences. In doing so, I have always used the utilitarian argument of; what does it benefit the world? It is a fatal error to draw small circles around ourselves and think that is the world. Can we ask ourselves, what use it is for us to study the history of the Germans? Is the history of the Germans more important than that of the Bafut or Widikum? Is it not important for us to understand each other properly, so that we can relate better? How can we provide for the needs of a people whom we do not not. I am a determinist, and I believe strongly that your current desires and needs are formulated by your history and background. I hope you begin to understand that the most valuable asset is the human being, not the telephone, or soap or bridges. Tekum Mbeng, This debate is about "Research and Publication". Not what subject is better to study or which one is more benefitial to communities. I urge you to read the works of one former lecturer from UB, Francis Nyamnjoh. He has made a name for himself in international circles, from Humanities. At one time in Cameroon, I was asked how studying Mathematics will benefit me or Cameroon. Please don't be so naive. We do not need laboratories to conduct meaningful research that can help people. This in no way means, that laboratories and equipment are not important. A polymerase chain reaction (PCR) requires extraction of DNA from cells using complex buffers. These nicely packaged buffers are nothing more than ordinary soap. A PCR machine is nothing more than a glorified heating block. These will cost a fortune in Cameroon where children go to bed hungry every night. Not that certain labs in Cameroon do not have PCR machines. The culture of a questioning mind in whatever field does not require a PCR machine. PERIOD
This debate has since lost it's VROOM! We have dived into definitions of colleges and universities, teachers and researchers, academics etc. We are even confused whether "tenure track period" means "publish or perish". Some people have even given examples that betray their knowledge of what research is. What has research on the history of the Bamileke got to do with a laboratory? Or is that not research? In all these we have lost sight of the question. I would like to specifically thank "Mettaboy" for his contribution. In my view his contribution answers the question. In the West it is a given that people will conduct research and publish. Circumstances are different Cameroon. Telling me about Eistein and Darwin actually exposes a lot. And what was that about Decree number whatsoever? It is this very atmosphere where people are governed by decrees that does not allow for people to hold personal opinions. It does not reward "thinking" and therefore cannot be conducive to research.
Vally, Is right! Imperial College is an independent college that forms part of the University of London. In fact the University of London cannot be said to exist in reality. The only time people talk of the University of London is at graduation ceremonies or on degree certificates. It is more or less an administrative body. University College Lond, London School of Economics, Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine, School of Oriental and African Studies etc all form part of the University of London Francis Nche, The distinction you are trying to write about really does not make sense. Especially in the United Kingdom. Oxford University also has a collegiate system. Aristotle started a Lyceum from where we get the name Lycee (High School). All that aside, I want to state categorically that no contract that I know of ever has: Publish or Perish written in it. The argument Takum Mbeng was trying to put forth which we are now running away from is that creativity cannot be legislated. I want to read every one's views on that. Staff retention and career development has nothing to do with publishing articles. There is absolutely no way a lecturer in the UK will remain in position without publishing. In Western universities it is a given. The topic is hardly ever an issue; because everyone understands that research and publication is a norm. I suppose my argument here has always been that imposing that one aspect in UB is totally wrong. Many people have given sufficient reasons why that cannot be done and left the debate already.
Rexon, May be the intension is not to show off when we use personal experience. But the reality is that it is showing off. As they say, the road to hell is paved with good intensions. Reality is a difficult word so I will stir off it on this topic. Talking about contracts, I want to say that is not a difficult one to prove. All you need doo is present one such contract. For me, I know for sure because I studied and worked in a UK university (Imperial College). My line manager had to fill in a form on my performance. My contract did not stipulate any where that I had to publish or leave. Obviously the culture of research and publication is embedded in UK institutions. But it is not legislated. And that is where we disagree. Hope that helps.
Permit me add my two cents comments here. Muki StoneHall makes an interesting comment about the digression. Though, I think he should have spelt it out for every one by commenting on the actual debate. I fully agree with him that the language used or the university is not the point of debate. The question is whether someone who does not publish can preach a policy of publish or perish. Tekum Mbeng is absolutely right. Creativity cannot be legislated. This debate appears to be a good one but it really isn't. It appears everyone agrees that university lecturers have to do research and publish. Most of us also agree that universities in Cameroon are mainly teaching institutions and that the environment is not conducive for research and publication. So why, does this debate have to carry the misguided title of intellectual scholarship? In my humble opinion, Cameroonians just like showing off. Telling us about who is who at UB, what pertains in UK or US universities is really besides the point. No sane person will say lecturers shouldn't publish and I don't think Tekum Mbeng has said that. By the way, Francish Nche almost always seems to have some insider information on how the system works in Cameroon. Thank you for letting some of us know what administrative functions Mathematician Dr Gideon Ngwa has. Next time we want to know who will be president or prime minister, we know who to ask.
Fortunately or unfortunately the University of Buea remains a glorified High School. One does not need to go far from Cameroon to realise this. But those who have taken refuge in UB continue to deceive poor students with "BIG" words like publications etc. We were lied to and it is high time some one told the truth. I think all has been said about research and publication by the other commentators. My point is simple; those who remain in UB are those who toe the government line. Francis Nyamnjoh has written extensively about his experience in that place. What do we expect from these people? They have been speaking about a medical school since UB came into existence. They have been telling people UB is the best university in the world. They are bringing people from the corporate world to lecture at UB. What corporates are we talking about in Cameroon? They contradict themselves by talking about large lecture halls that can sit a thousand students, while asking lecturers to publish. They can't see the irony in such stupid comments. Are they fit to lecture in a high school in Europe or America? You go figure. They have sold their souls to the devil; and this research publication story is just a manifestation of the disease that is UB.
This change couldn't have come sooner. Every where I go, I find out that children spend about 12 years in school before university. Cameroonians spend fourteen years in school. Ordinary Level in most English speaking African countries is taken in Form IV instead of Form V as it is in Cameroon. There are certain deficiencies in the system which must be addressed. Poorly trained teachers, lazy teachers etc. Students from schools like PNEU did better than students from government and mission schools. Yet these PNEU students spent less time in primary school and were younger than the rest. It is not right to think that Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry require mature brains. A person who makes such an assertion and then compares Cameroon to South Korea does not know what he/she is talking about. The mathematical aptitude of young Asian children is quite renowned. Interestingly, people still think the humanities are any easier than the sciences. If we need to develop an industrial economy, we need a holistic approach rather than picking and choosing courses to concentrate on. I strongly feel that this is a badly written story. It picked a few points and put them together in a terrible manner. And of course hoped to sell it as a case against changing the primary education system. What is it about the definition of osmosis that works against reducing the number of years spent in primary school?
Tayong, Thank you for the explanation. It appears to me as our compatriots in government are selling us and the country as cheap prostitutes to the West. As you point out, this may be beneficial if applied correctly to the appropriate sectors. I suppose that would be the ideal situation, which you and I know is not the case in Africa. All the same, I appreciate the fact that you take the time to explain to some of us who may not understand this and other deals.
Reader, I have expressed my desire in this forum to learn from those who can explain the economics to me. We all read from reputable sources how bad (unfair) Africa as a whole has been treated in terms of trade. The failure of the Doha round has been heralded by many a news agent. In this forum, many (including Dr A. A. Agbormbai) have commented that this is a bad deal for Cameroon. Please tell me why you think this would benefit Cameroonians in general and Cameroonian producers in particular? I for one would love to see the common person on the street benefit. The organisation of big business in Cameroon says, this would not benefit them. Could Reader explain to them that in the long run it would benefit them? And while we are in the topic, I suppose you would explain the long term benefits. What are the short term pitfalls?
What a heated debate on a topic that has swiftly moved away from the economics of duty free European goods to how we can read and understand English. For those who claim to have the interest of Cameroon at heart, this rigmarole definitely serves no purpose. And for those of us who insist on changing the topic to "self-glorification", I can only say, never argue with a fool. He/she will bring you down to their level and beat you with experience. Tayong, Rexon, and Co. Dr Agbormbai has tacitly refused to answer simple questions directed to him because his reasoning has been exposed. Being an apologist for "unfair" trade, which the whole world has condemned is not easy. Agbormbai has insinuated that the government of Cameroon listens to him or formulates policy by reading debates in this forum. It appears to me the guy is only doing his job or looking for promotion. So to waste time on insults and counter insults is just hogwash. Either he answers the questions on fair trade and the Cameroonian government or forever hold his peace. Reader1 or Reader, Should follow up and educate himself/herself with the Doha round before lecturing others on English. If he cannot talk about this debate, he should find someone else to lecture English. After all, it would be more profitable for him/her and by proxy, Cameroon for him/her to be paid for his/her services. Buying bragging rights in here serves no purpose (at least that I or any reasonable man can see). Reader1 or Reader talk about how this deal will benefit Cameroon or shove your English lessons up you know where.
Dr A A Agbormbai, Strangely enough you insist on making a mockery of yourself in public. You conviniently forget what you wrote and ignore questions directed to you. Can you answer them now or forever shut your mouth? Read what you said and the responses to your comments. A: Since when does Dr A. A. Agbormbai "personally" instruct the government of Cameroon on what trade deals to enter into? B: You talk of history; who in this forum mentioned history? Our opinions are formulated by what is happening to our people right now. Not what happened ages ago. Are you so out of touch with reality? C: No one said this was not a debate. We all agree that this forum is a debate. Does Prime Minister Inoni care or let alone listen to this debate when he formulates policy? May be you can tell us. A deal has been signed and sealed, and you persist on lecturing people about debate. May be you don't know what a debate is. Keep thinking laterally into the pits you have dug for yourself. D: Who is it you are refering to when you talk of ruling the country or "Southern Cameroons?" The only way to proof that "these people" you refer to will fail is to give them a chance to fail. In your small mind, you happen to think nothing is better than a dictatorship. Your Machiavillian ideas are making you mad. E: Who is "Mr/Mrs No one" who wishes us no good luck in our "unholy quest"? Only lazy minds like yours wish for luck, the rest of us work for what we want. Who are you speaking for? The CPDM? You have been exposed for what rat you are. Are you are prophet too? To tell people that their cause will never succeed. I never knew this doctor you attach to your name all the time, is really a soothsayer (Ngambiman). You will reap the fruits of your labour.
Dr A A Agbormbai, You never cease to amaze me. Every time I see your name I rush to read what you have to say. This eloquent Cameroonian must be praised for once again going astray in the finest fashion. What do mean by "I shall personally ask the government to refrain from entering any strategic economic agreements"? Are you really so out of touch with reality? Since when does the Cameroonian government listen to you. Debate as you suggest is the sine qua non of a democracy, not an oligarchy. What you so unashamedly missed is that the government signed this deal. They thought long and hard and came up with this sorry excuse of a trade deal. That is who they are. It is natural for them to think this is good for Cameroonians. We are consumers and must forever remain so, join your brother Nche Francis in the song. And what does my poor grandmother have at the end of the day? A son who is going to brandish words like "reciprocity" around? Reciprocity my foot. Let me tell you, a cow in Europe earns more than most Cameroonians. That is a fact of farm subsidies. Stop writing as if you haven't heard of the other fancy term "fair trade". Or may be you just like reading your own writing. Rexon, Please do not be fooled by this apparent change in Dr A. A. Agbormbai. He thinks that repeating what others have said would buy him room into the cause. Let him now and forever know that the cause is to ask this government to leave us alone. Not beg them to change agreements they signed with their eyes open.
Francis Nche, Economics is not only about cutting prices. Reducing prices will simply turn Cameroonians into consumers. I notice your argument is that Cameroonians produce nothing, and therefore must accept their fate as eternal consumers. That my dear compatriot, is sad. I urge you to buy a copy of "The Capitalist Nigger" and read it carefully. Many people have contributed to this debate with brilliant ideas. I don't even have ordinary level economics, but I understand natural laws as someone pointed out. Francis Nche recognises correctly that the custom duty collection and fiscal policies are practically difficult to implement. He points out the terrible nature of tax increases in Cameroon. I do not think anyone here disagrees with him. What we disagree with is his solution to the problem. We should be shouting and acting against corruption rather than opening our doors to whoever wants to come in. Cameroon is simply being paraded as a cheap prostituted for the European markets. That to me is sad. Two wrongs can never make a right. Francis Nche, I hope you recognise the fault in your logic. The problem of revenue collection and high prices cannot be solved by a new and uncalled for problem of duty free goods. We need to open the eyes of more people like you to free our country from this tyranny.
Interesting story the Post has there. I wonder why they had to compliment the story with a fake photo of the rising Cameroonian film maker with Samuel L. Jackson. The Jackson in that picture looks more like a wax work from Madame Tussaud's in London than anything else.