Opinion: Cameroon moves from Snail Mail to Hotmail

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Cameroon's Prime Minister, Philemon Yang chairs a meeting at his office in Yaounde. SPM

Cameroon’s Prime Minister, Philemon Yang chairs a meeting at his office in Yaounde.

It seems the glory days of Cameroon are just ahead.

Put aside your partisan hat for a second and lets look at the realities over the last few years. It used to be that the Cameroon government did not even have a website. We’ll–the major voice of the government, its radio and television organs, CRTV, are now answering present on the internet.

These communication tools have been there for a while now. It used to be that everything was slow and all you had were the old land lines, old voices, old stories of pride and prejudice.

Now the nation boasts of wireless communities and devices all over the place. It used to be that once you left Cameroon, there was no way you could catch up with your favorite programs like Cameroon Calling, Dimanche Midi and your beloved TV and Radio shows. Now, you can listen to video and audio clips of news from CRTV online.

Cameroon is not a perfect nation, to say the least. Most countries, including the mighty United States, have issues.

Meanwhile to push the winds of democracy forward, Cameroon’s youth have to wake up from their deep slumber and do something. Like…changing the current political statusquo in the country. Change is in the hands of the young people.

Are today’s Cameroonian youth lazy? To a certain extend I’ll say yes.  They gripe and complain a lot but do nothing to change the situation. Besides, we need to find the rights tools and resources to equip the youth to become much more engaged in the affairs of the nation.

Politics aside, someone in Cameroon knows–deep in their heart, that if they don’t do this new media thing, the train will leave the entire nation behind.  To me, that’s a step ahead, not a step behind.

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