By George Bamu on February 20, 2017
Cameroon President, Paul Biya, and First Lady, Chantal Biya, at a reception for the Cameroon National Football team at the presidential palace in Yaounde. February, 2017
Since November 2016, the African nation of Cameroon has been embroiled in civil unrest marked by demonstrations and boycotts against the Francophone-dominated government of President Paul Biya.
Recent news reports point to many civilian deaths through police action, while others, including journalists, lawyers and civil society leaders, have been arrested and placed on trial.
The Cameroon administration recently began the use of French in courts and classrooms in the Anglophone regions of the country as a way to promote bilingualism and national integration.…
By George Bamu on January 22, 2017
Petrol station in Mamfe in English-speaking Cameroon with all-French signs
Beyond academic and diplomatic circles, many have not heard of the International Crisis Group or Crisis Group. The Brussels-based non-governmental organization, tracks and warns of the potentials of conflict in nations around the world. The group is highly respected and often quoted in news reports due to their thorough research.
Just before the Arab Spring took hold in the Middle East and North Africa, the Crisis Group made a dire warning about Cameroon.
In its report 160 of May, 2010, the group stated, “Cameroon’s apparent stability is deceptive; even if it overcomes its near-term challenges, longer-term deterioration could lead to conflict.”
Cameroon is often praised for being a stabilizing force in an unstable region that has seen its share of war and catastrophes.…
By Ali Pechu on July 19, 2014
Cameroon Re-Unification Monument
There are varied opinions about Africa, including the Central African nation of Cameroon. When visiting Cameroon for the first time, people expect different things.
But what seems to be giving Cameroon and Buea–the South West Regional Headquarters and Former Capital of German Kamerun, in particular a new image, is the new historical touristic site, the Reunification Monument.
The monument symbolizes the legacy, beginning on May 20, 1972, since East and West Cameroon united to become the present day Republic of Cameroon.
Barely months after the celebration in Buea, the monument is a huge touristic attraction, with the influx of tourists, national and international, clamoring to see the symbolic structure.…
By Andrew Nelson on July 17, 2012
Kah Walla, a member of the Cameroon opposition movement
My wife and I traveled to Cameroon in April this year to visit friends that we had made on a trip in 2010. Being our second trip to Cameroon, we saw different aspects of the country than we had previously.
The following is a brief description of how we perceived the cultural and political environment in Cameroon and the effect it is having on the prospects of economic growth, democracy and education.
In this post, I look at democracy in Cameroon.
Democracy is a wonderful concept. Many Cameroonians embrace the idea, but laugh at the prospects of democracy surviving in Cameroon.…
By George Bamu on May 7, 2009
Cameroon Information and Education Day(CIED) in Colorado
May 7, 5 to 7 p.m.
Cameroon dancers perform in front of the National Assembly in Yaounde, Cameroon. July 7, 1996.
Africa Agenda is excited about our CIED event.
The thought that Cameroon will celebrate 37 years of re-unification on May 20, 2009 is interesting. This is an opportunity to educate others, American students especially, about the country.
May 20 is symbolic because, despite our composition and differences, in language and culture, Cameroon has stayed together for 37 years and beyond. For those within my school of thought, and for those of other schools of thought, I think we all have some work to do for our country.…
By George Bamu on July 11, 2008
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.…