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« A Review of Notable Political Rumors from Cameroon | Main | The Great Clean-up... Or Wool Over Our Eyes? »

February 20, 2006


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manga che

I have had the opportunity to read Nyamnjoh's book on the media in Africa in general and Cameroon in particular. I unequivocally recommend it to anyone who has even a casual interest on how the media has alternatively served as a promoter of democracy and a bulwark to that same democracy in Cameroon; how it has served as a tool for developing national consciouness while promoting narrow ethnic interests; how CRTV failed during the Mendo ze era to serve public interest and how it foiled all attempts by anglophone journalists in the early 1990s to make it a fairly objective watchdog of Cameroonian society.

Of course, there is much more with this book such as the concept of "ethnic citizenship" in Africa; a concept which I found quite intriguing but apt in the African context.

"Africa's media", unlike similar publications, is written in a simple and direct language without all the distracting academic jargon. All in all, it was 30 dollars well spent on www.amazon.com



Cameroon Tribune for example, is a bland Pravda screed. Then there is rumor. Then there is rumor-in-print, like some of those "newpapers" peddling outings for profit. Then there are le Messager and The Post, that are bringing alternatives to mere rumor and pravda and presidential decrees. The funniest event in Cameroun for an observer is a cabinet reshufflement. The bossman choses the same reptiles from the same fetid pool. After letting them luxuriate awhile, he picks them once a gain. People speculate about new entrants, lucky enough to swim with the crocodiles. They also wonder why the boss bugger man has put so and so to pasture, and the speculation goes on. It is a power move, a mystery prerogative of el presidente.

Edmund Njoh

One never knows,
It should be noted that state Medias particularly CRTV is a party media and will always do the best to protect the head of state.Political Rumor in 2004 were alergly sprauted from International Media in Switzerland.
It was recently also alleged by a French based Catholic NGO of Biyas Wealth and investments at home and adroad and included was his son......
It may hav occured that 2004 was "Lazarus".
And 2009...........................

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