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Sob Fadil wrote: "We need a detailed, succinct and impartial analysis of the interregnum between 1972 and today, to see the dynamic operation of these forces that continue to stall and obfuscate the emancipation of Southern Cameroons - and I think that figures like Kofele Kale, Francis Nyamjoh, Tande Dibussi, Jing Thomas Ayeah, Ntemfac Ofege (if he let's go his fire) and many others of their competence, would do well to enlighten the Cameroonian English-speaking public. I find it sad that most of the English-speaking Cameroonian literati and academic corps have neglected engagement on this issue, in easily accessible digital forums." You may want to check out their works available in books, book chapters or journal articles: Piet Konings and Francis Nyamnjoh (1997) "The Anglophone Problem in Cameroon" in The Journal of Modern African Studies (35): 207-229 Nicodemus Fru Awasom (2000) "The Reunification Question in Cameroon History: Was the Bride an Enthusiastic or a Reluctant One?" in Africa Today - Volume 47, Number 2, pp. 91-119 Piet Konings & Francis Nyamnjoh (2003) Negotiating an Anglophone Identity: A Study of Recognition and Representation in Cameroon. (Book) Jean-Germain Gros (ed.) (2003) Cameroon: Politics and Society in Critical Perspective. (Book) Check out: Chapter 2: Tata Simon Ngenge: "The Institutional Routes of the "Anglophone Problem" in Cameroon" Chapter 3: Nangtang Jua: "Anglphone Political Struggles and State Responses in Cameroon" Piet Konings (1999) The Anglophone struggle for federalism in Cameroon Published in L.R. Bastia and J. Ibrahim (eds) Federalism and decentralization in Africa: the multicultural challenge., Fribourg: Institut du Fédéralisme, p. 289-325.
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There goes one more reason why you should watch commercial-free BBC World! I generally find North American news channels very annoying to watch because of the endless commercial interruptions - even though I recognize that advertisements and sponsorships are the major sources of funding for these channels. CNN accepts money from advertisers and it must keep its obligations to these paymasters by airing their product commercials at the time and length demanded from the broadcaster. If you take out the countless pharmaceutical commercials from the network evening news, it leaves you with approximately 20minutes of news. And you wonder why Americans know so little about the world? Whilst 24 hour news channels like CNN and MSNBC allow people to keep up to date with news, provide in-depth information, background analysis etc sometimes I find them rather tedious to watch. If there is no breaking news which demands rolling coverage, then you get the same news and footage repeated each hour. The presenters may change but it is the same thing. What really winds me up is the boring studio-to-reporter on location interviews which are supposedly aimed at providing more insight and depth to a story the reporter just concluded. Usually the presenter prefaces his/her question with details and facts of the event (to show us that they are on top of things) and then asks the reporter on location to "tell us what you know so far". Well, what the reporter knows is what they just reported in their piece and what you the presenter in studio just talked about before asking your question! Yawn!!!!!!!!
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One look at the front page and I could not believe I was starring at Loveline's picture accompanying that heart-wrenching headline. Loveline is dead? Oh my Lord! Shocking. Disheartening. The news is just so hard to take. Even as I type this, I can recall our first meeting in January 2006. I was conducting research on aspects of Cameroonian journalism and was looking for journalists to participate in the research. Loveline not only accepted to take part, but she and Chris Mbunwe went the extra distance to put me in touch with their colleagues especially through CAMASEJ. Over the course of my research, I came to spend a lot of time around City Chemist Round About and the Post's regional bureau became a great resource. Loveline and Chris trusted me enough to let me stay in their office whilst they were out covering a story or running an errand or two. Loveline was studying at National Polytechnic in Bambui at the time and looking forward to completing her diploma. I admired her ability to juggle studies and her work at the Post. Talking to her, one could not fail to observe her passion for journalism and her drive to be the best journalist she could be. In conversations with her, she struck me as a gentle, fun loving and hardworking woman who had big dreams. I lost touch with Loveline soon after I left Cameroon (mainly out of my own carelessness in losing her email address). When I started reading her reports from Kumba, I figured she had moved there. I wrote to Olive Ejang Tebug (the author of this obituary) requesting that she send me Loveline's email. Regretabbly, I did not hear from Olive. And now, I read that Loveline has passed on. Just like that. A life cut so short. A young woman. A gentle soul. A passionate journalist. So much to live for. But gone too soon. My heart goes out to the loving husband and family she leaves to mourn her. My deepest sympathies her colleagues, Olive, Chris, Nana, Charly and the entire family of the Post and CAMASEJ respectively. I know she was an active member of CAMASEJ. I have just revisited the transcripts of the interview I conducted with her and as a tribute to her, I thought I should include excerpts here so readers can get a sense of who she was. Interview conducted January 23 2006 IN HER OWN WORDS On how she started at The Post: "I have been working with the Post for 8 years. I started carrying out vox pops in 1999. Then I got inspired because from time to time, I will pick up a human interest story. That is what finally motivated me to go into the profession. Now I write stories very well". On her typical work day: "As journalist, my day is interesting. Getting into the field, I want to discover many things. Now that I go to school. I come to work as early as 6.30. By 7.30am I go to school. When I leave school, I come back here and finish work. Sometimes when I have a lot of work, I leave here at 8pm. Especially tomorrow which is our deadline, it is a hectic day for me. Sometimes I get assigned to write stories. Other times, I work in the office typing stories written by our stringers in different parts of the province so I can send them to the head office in time for print. " On being a journalist: "I like the profession. I really really like it. Having worked for some time, I feel that I have something in me that I can also give to the public. I grew up in a kind of environment where you live with people and see how they are. So I like writing human interest stories, about our own communities to make people see how things are. That is why my stories are mostly human interest. I think communities have stories that need to be told. Most often the writings of most journalists are political writings. They want to get some kind of controversy. Me, I want to put out what people really like to read." Rest in Peace, Loveline.
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Watersih, With views like yours, I wonder whether there is any point even bothering to engage you. Is the woman and what she wears the singular definition of prevailing morality in society? Do men who rape have any sense of decency or a moral obligation in society? Lets agree to disagree and leave it at that. I very much hope there are not many Cameroonian men who share your views.
Watesih wrote: ".....This is just like a rape victim who having worn a miniskirt to a discotheque on Friday night ends up telling the rapists that it is unacceptable..." The current critique of the president's latest gibberish is a vibrant and entertaining exchange. However, to veer off and make a comparison of this sort is ludicrous and uncalled for. Blaming a rape victim by claiming she allowed herself to be raped is pernicious to rape victims every where. It exposes the latent sexist attitudes that prevail in sections of Cameroonian society and simultaneously reminds us of the ways in which existing stereotypes of women within patriarchal society continue to permeate public discourse regardless of the threshold of discussion. This is a country where not so long ago, trouser clad women were bared from entering government buildings. You wear skirts, and you are literally told you are asking to be gang raped??? Goodness me! When will men resist the urge to impose their expectations of women and assumptions of respectable femininity on womankind? The myth that seductively dressed women invite rape is the commonest device by which a defensive society can deny the prevalence and effects of rape. Rape is rape and can NEVER be justified.