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November 30, 2006

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Ma Mary

Dibussi - Thank you for shedding light where there was darkness. The "history" that kids are learning at home is triumphalist rubbish. Children from the Southern Camerouns and la Republique can come here to learn the truth.

I think Biya will end up the same way as Ahidjo. There is no difference. Even today, Biya's jack booted thugs are harrassing the widow and children of the late Chairman of the SCNC, Martin Ngeka Luma, seeking to eliminate the great man's personal history, which is a very powerful and compelling one.

Vito

Hey Dibussi,who's the guy in the picture?

Ambassa

No event in Cameroon to remember former president Ahidjo

Douala, Cameroon 02/12 - The 17th anniversary of the death of Cameroon`s first President, El Hadj Ahmadou Ahidjo, who died of a heart attack on 30 November 1989 in Dakar, Senegal, went unmarked Thursday.

No public event was held to commemorate the death of the man who, for 22 years, ruled Cameroon with an iron fist, resigning voluntarily on 4 November 1982, after handing over power to his constitutional successor, then Prime Minister Paul Biya.

Due to the deterioration of his relations with his successor who accused him of instigating a failed coup on 6 April 1984, Ahidjo went on exile before being sentenced to death in absentia in 1983.

In the 90s, President Paul Biya had made him a national hero.

http://www.angolapress-angop.ao/noticia-e.asp?ID=491952

Eugene Ateh

May his soul rest in perfect peace.
This is the time for Cameroonians to start the healing and reconcillation process. We have to rememeber the past again just for the sake of righting the wrongs.
We have a proud history and we should let our children and grand children appreciate these.

nlatane

Dibussi, thanks for this very important information. It is important that we get the correct versions of the history of our country from Guru Archivists like you. In Cameroon the official version of our checkered history has either been distorted by the effective grapevine of the rumor mill, or are not readily available in the public records.

Cameroon unfortunately does not promote a bibliothecarial culture or what little versions of the history there are, which do not portray the ruling junta in the light that favours them simply disappears from the public libraries. Young Cameroonians who either have a vague recollection of who their first President was, might have been[mistakenly] nursing a romanticized version of a utopian past, which they do not really know about. They only have to look at the charade of what is passing for democracy today in Cameroon, to imagine that anything before must have been better than it is now.

President Ahidjo seems to have made some really serious mistakes. However given that he was the first leader of the botchedly unified Cameroon, we must excuse the tottering mistakes of a fledgling ruler, fresh from colonial rule. What is Biya's excuse, we ask? Thanks for the article.

nlatane

Dibussi, thanks for this very important information. It is important that we get the correct versions of the history of our country from Guru Archivists like you. In Cameroon the official version of our checkered history has either been distorted by the effective grapevine of the rumor mill, or are not readily available in the public records.

Cameroon unfortunately does not promote a bibliothecarial culture or what little versions of the history there are, which do not portray the ruling junta in the light that favours them simply disappears from the public libraries. Young Cameroonians who either have a vague recollection of who their first President was, might have been[mistakenly] nursing a romanticized version of a utopian past, which they do not really know about. They only have to look at the charade of what is passing for democracy today in Cameroon, to imagine that anything before must have been better than it is now.

President Ahidjo seems to have made some really serious mistakes. However given that he was the first leader of the botchedly unified Cameroon, we must excuse the tottering mistakes of a fledgling ruler, fresh from colonial rule. What is Biya's excuse, we ask? Thanks for the article.

Njua Nick

Hey Dibussi,great work there. In fact, Cameroon has reached a stage where even the national heroes mean nothing. It is a stage that we feed on the available and forget about those who made it available to us. Forgetting about the national heroes is just like bitting the finger that feeds us. With this, we can rightly say that the economic problems and political quacmires in the territory today are just the haunting spirits of our forgotten nationalists. Thanks for the article bro, keep it up.

S. N. Ejedepang-Koge

Hi Dibussi,
Greetings. Sone Ekaney of Houston has introduced me to your website. It is a great thing. Accepy my moral encouragement.

Your review of Ateba Ayene's book is impressive. I wonder however if many reading Anglophones have access to it since most are unable to read the French.

It must be added that what is true of the South is also true, to some extent, of other regions of Cameroon that have had powerful positions in government and party but, always greedy and living in fear, have failed to make any positive impact in their cinstituencies and on Cameroon. Cameroon is bleeding profusel and dying from the wounds inflicted by its own heartless and elitist leaders who have no lessons to learn from anywhere. The judgement day will be very hard on each one in his own measure.
S. N. Ejedepang-Koge (snek38@yahoo.com).

Wallang G.

Commemorative 25th anniversary issue of Jeune Afrique on death of Ahidjo - http://www.jeuneafrique.com/Article/ARTJAWEB20141127125207/

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