I was quite intrigued a couple of days ago, when writer George Ngwane described the new reunification monument in Buea, which I had not yet seen, as "ahistorical", that is, lacking historical perspective or context. It was therefore with great interest that I watched its unveiling today by President Biya to see what this was all about.
Structurally, the monument is an imposing edifice which weighs 162 tons, is 17.2 meters in diameter and 10 meters high. It consists of 10 pillars around a 2-ton reunification logo made of glass fiber. Impressive indeed. Nonetheless, as soon as I saw the first images of the monument, I immediately understood what George Ngwane, a cultural and historical purist, meant by an ahistorical monument.