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Thank you all for your responses, they’ve been very instructive. Permit me to stress that I am no expert in the Southern Cameroon problem and that I have taken all the information you’ve all given me on board. Before I proceed with my views on the subject, I would like to give you a little background on my perception of things and issues. For me Africa is always first. I like to think of myself as an Afrocentric. As Molefi Kete Asante (Afrocentricity: Revised 2003) puts it bluntly: “The psychology of the African without Afrocentricity has become a matter of great concern. Instead of looking out from one’s own center, the non Afrocentric person operates in a manner that is negatively predictable. The person’s images, symbols, lifestyles, and manners are contradictory and thereby destructive to personal and collective growth and development.” I believe like him that we have one African Cultural System manifested in diversities. And it is with that in mind that I reflect on everything. Coming back to our discussion, I am going to gather as much information as I can before I can expand on my views on the matter. To Delegate of Justice: Thanks for the article. It was very instructive… To Ma Mary Your response was thoughtful and funny. It made me laugh. Yes if I wronged my Brother so bad the family unity will definitely be broken and we would part company. You said in your analogy that my brother will be in his right to revolt, to leave that house and take care of his future. If he leaves the house, then he is into exile. Because the house is as much his as mine, we will need to find a way to sort our differences out but if he leaves the house then he’s left his due and he is the looser… When we have problems, we need to confront them and sort them out. Like Malcolm X (Message to Grassroots October 10, 1963) said: “Instead of us airing our differences in public, we have to realize we’re all the same family. And when you have a family squabble, you don’t get out on the sidewalk. If you do, everybody calls you uncouth, unrefined, uncivilized, savage. If you don’t make it at home, you settle it at home; you get in the closet —— argue it out behind closed doors. And then when you come out on the street, you pose a common front, a united front.” What I mean dear sister is that, Kamerun is a German creation. The French and the British consolidated what they found. When Colonial powers had to leave they found a way to keep the system working. That way was to get some black faces to rule us. Ahidjo was a French agent as well as much of his entourage (including the Southern Cameroonian Leadership that made deals with him and with Paul Biya later). He did his job and Paul Biya is continuing it. The Cameroonian population is estimated at 17 millions today, and people are suffering throughout the country even in Ebolowa and Sangmelima. We need change and this change has to come from all Cameroonians and from within. It is a little naïve to think that if Southern Cameroon was independent everything will be rosy. I believe that Cameroon with all the diversity can come together and enact change. Christians, Muslims, Northerners, Southerners, Bakossi, Peulh, Bamoun, Bamileke, Batanga, Douala can create a beautiful, prosperous, and peaceful nation and may be change the name of the country to an African name… I might sound utopist but I am not I believe that it is the people that make society and it is the people that change things… So to conclude I would prefer the brother not leave our father’s house, but to stay and fight for his rights. To Mr M Nje… Thanks for the article, I am reading it and will get back to you on that… Thanks for your comment Reason... Peace to you all Panafricanly yours Tutmose
What Ahmadou Ali did (if he did?)was totally out of order and I am sure that every citizen of Cameroon in his right mind would agree... And I agree that he should be dismissed from office if he did say something as discriminative as that... But how does the creation of a new state (Southern Cameroons Republic) fit with issues of Globalisation and Regional Integretion? The argument that Southern Cameroons has the right to self determination on the grounds that it is English speaking is not a valid argument because it failed to merge with Nigeria... For me the solution to Cameroon's problems is Decentralisation... You seem to think that only Anglophones have problems because of the regime in place but thats not true. Cameroonians as a nation are all struggling, and that is why our children are all out of the country seeking better quality of life. Anglophones are not the only minority group in Cameroon. They are the one of many. There are Muslims, Albinos, Gays... who feel discriminated against... I sincerely think anglophones and francophones can reconcile in Cameroon, because the one thing I know is that United we Stand, Divided we fall. My idea of reconciliation is simple... Every single province should rule itself... Elect Governors and Councilors... Economy, Agriculture, Education and Health managed by Local Governments... Army, Foreign Policy to the central government... There is no problem without solution... Your solution of Self Determination is not in the interest of Africa and African people... because it makes us weaker and more vulnerable to imperial powers, when we are still building a nation state... When you get angry with you brother, you don't disown him, you tell him you are angry and you sort out a solution because you can not change the fact that he is your brother... Peace to you all Panafricanly yours Tutmose
Mr Nje, Why as an African person do you define yourself so much in relation to Europe... Anglophone... La Republique... I think we need to move away from that and start identifying ourselves as Africans first... Why dont we identify ourselves as Bakweri, Bakossi etc... Like you pointed out in an earlier post, “Culture has been called "the way of life for an entire society." As such, it includes codes of manners, dress, LANGUAGE, religion, rituals, norms of behavior such as law and morality, and systems of belief” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Culture. is english the only language you speak? Peace