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October 05, 2006


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I want to thank barister Ben Muna for his write up captioned ' Remembering October 1961,' in which he was able to tell the world how the people of Southern Cameroons are jailed because they are asking for their rights.
Good job but I am always push aback when people label the entity of Southern Cameoons as anglophones.
To the best of my knowledge, the appellation ' Anglophone ' never came up durring the re-unification 1961, uptill 1972 when a large quantity of crude Oil was discovered in the offshores of the then Kumba division and LRC with help of France, set up their hellish plans for the despoilation of the Natural Resources in Southern Cameroons and dividing Southern Cameroons into two provinces in LRC, thereby reducing the power of SC as an entity.
Afixing the the Anglophone appellation on the entity of Southern Cameroons, by some of our intelectuals and leaders make me sick because it reduces the Southern Cameroons that had had a government the ran the affairs of the state as a nation, before the blunder of the UNO that asked for re-unification of LRC as SC as equal partner 1961.
Can some one tell our Southern Cameroons interlectuals and leaders to stop using the appellation Anglophone in the place of Southern Cameroons so that our history can be kept striaght and clean for our unborn generation?

Ma Mary

You just said it. Use of "anglophone" denotes:
absence of intellectual rigour
ignoring history
giving away power.


Ambe Johnson

While lazyness explains the use of the word Anglophone in many cases, I beleive that there is nonetheless and ideological justification for that term.

In my opinion when discussing the relationship between French-speaking Cameroonians and English-speaking Cameroonians within the context of the cameroon republic; and when referring to those Englilsh speaking fellows who believe in the Union, and are fighting over the spoils of the system, the term Anglophone is very apt.

I think it would be weird, wrong and even insulting to southern Cameroons nationalists to say, for example, that three Southern Cameroonians were appointed in the Biya government. No, those are Anglophones.

Similarly, Political parties based in the former British Cameroons that take part in Cameroonian elections are Anglophone parties, NOT Southern Cameroons parties.

On the other hand, saying that Anglophones are trying to secede, as the Frogs always say, is wrong; Southern Cameroonians are fighting for the rebirth of their state/country.

So "Anglophone" refers to an English-speaking Cameroonian who is contented with the state of the union, even if he or she may have serious reservations or issues with how that union is being managed - but nonetheless believes in an x-state federation or a "decentralized unitary state". Muna, Fru Ndi, Inoni, etc., are all Anglophones

A Southern Cameroonian sees the union of the Cameroons as one between two independent territories, and not the reunion of "lost brothers". The Southern Cameroonian believes that following the violation of the terms of the union between the two distinct territories (territories which could very well have both been French speaking...), the aggrieved territory is determined to leave the union - in a situation akin to the senegambian case. Members of the SCNC, Ambazonia, etc., are Southern Cameroonians.

Rather than try to ban the use of the term "Anglophone" I think SC nationalists will be best served to use the term to disparagingly refer to those who are determined to remain second class citizens for ever. They did it with "La Republique" which is now a dirty word, even to Francophones, so they can do it too with the word Anglophone.

"Anglophone" correctly describes a living reality.

paolo  laurent

ambe johnson you are right.

southern cameroons must be independent by
any means necessary, those anglofous who love tostay in la republique ,like inoni,
achidi et all , just have to start packing.

paolo  laurent

southern cameroon is in west africa
la republique du cameroun is in central africa.
to those anglos, like muna, they are central africans, since they ,lost their
west african identity by crossing the boundary at (mungo bridge)
you know the frogs things southern cameroons is in central africa, by any stretch of imaginationits not.
ask them, and they will tell you its politcal. if you dont like it you should go to nigeria.
and leave your villages and land to them.
muna and fru are a bunch of anglophones.
central africaine.

Ma Mary

Good points Ambe. I believe in the no Southern Cameroonian left behind school. But for now, these chickens will be called anglofowls or anglofools or anglofous, depending on what side of the bed I rise from in the morning.

Dr. Gahlia Gwangwa'a

I'm very grateful to Lawyer Ben Muna for his vivid remembrance of the journey that culminated in the reunification of 1961. There's an old adage that when starving for food, it's better to refuse poisoned food than to eat and perish to oblivion.

Southern Cameroonians were free and independent during colonization administration. Today they are in search of days gone. Cameroonians from the autonomous Federated State of West Cameroon are caught in the web of endogenous imperialism, expoitation and constrained to wallow in abject poverty. "Anglophones" is the title of their identity.

Remember: It took Eritria 30 years to regained its freedom from Ethiopia. It was not delivered while they remained on their laurels. At last, they were free, free at last! West Cameroonians, what is our dream? Who are we? Let the dream "dance" be positive to cajole all to stand up. Let's banish the "me syndome from our person.

The sun has refused to set. Where do we really hide? The forests are gone. The desert has encroached! Where do we really hid? Our real identity is destroyed. Where do we really hide? We want honey and we're afraid of bees. How do we get to the harvest? It won't be served to us at the dining table! Is our thinking unstable! How do we get there in unison to lean on constructivism? Food for thought!

Smith Elie

I just fell on this out of a stroke of luck and found the write up very interesting. Such can only come from some one like Muna, whose wisdom of Cameroon's history comes from his expirience and his reputation from his authority. Some may not agree with him, but this post of his, is honest and must be appreciated. Congratulations Sir.


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