The South West region of Cameroon has regained its freedom, from the hostage it was taken, by politicians and pundits from the North West region of Cameroon. The South West region has its true leaders today, walking in the footsteps of Dr EML Endeley their political Godfather. Yes, small na sick, contrary to Foncha's mundane political anthem: small no be sick. A platoon of young politicians and intellectuals are re-designing the socioeconomic and political fate of the region. These think-thank are glad to be in background. They are not worried about the lost glory of not being in the limelight. For them, however, what is important is the outcome of the strategies they churn for their region to be an important broker in a strong and dynamic Cameroon.
These sons and daughters of Ephasa-moto the God-myth of the Mount Cameroon and Nyango na muna the Goddess of the sea are a blessing in disguise to the people of the resource rich Southwest region. They are the leaders the people of the South West have been waiting for! The output of their effort has reshaped the destiny of the region in the face of contemporary events.
The talkative Northwestern parliamentarian of Cameroon's opposition party the Social Democratic Front (SDF), Honourable Joseph Wirba is in hiding. He has fled. He has escaped from the land of his birth. What a news! Despite his parliamentary immunity, the honourable gentleman took no risk, and never showed up in the Ngoa-ekele national Assembly glass-house when business resumed on Monday, March 13, 2017. It is reported that he has finally sneaked out of the borders of Cameroon. Before fleeing, he spent weeks hiding at night in the smoky barns of old women in Jakiri in the North West region of Cameroon the bastion of mundane opposition politics. The hunter has become the hunted. The tale of Joe Wirba is an interesting one. After dozens of years of inactivity and low-productivity in parliament, he seized the moment of fame and got his 5-Minutes of glory recanting the travails of failed politics and economics in the English speaking regions of Cameroon.
Le président de la République, Paul Biya, a décrété le 23 janvier 2017, la création, l'organisation et le fonctionnement d’une Commission nationale pour la promotion du bilinguisme et du multiculturalisme (Cnpbm). Peter Mafany Musonge a été nommé président de la commission constituée de 15 membres au total pour un mandat est de cinq ans renouvelable. Cette nouvelle structure, selon le décret présidentiel, est chargée d’assurer le suivi et la mise en œuvre des dispositions constitutionnelles faisant de l’anglais et du français deux langues officielles d’égale valeur, et notamment leur usage dans tous les services publics, les organismes parapublics ainsi que dans tout organisme recevant des subventions de l’Etat. Diplômé de l'université Drexel en ingénierie civile et de l'université américaine de Stanford en ingénierie, Peter Mafany Musonge a commencé sa carrière en tant qu’ingénieur au ministère de l’Équipement au début des années 1970. Il prend la direction générale du Laboratoire national de génie civil (Labogénie) en 1980, puis de la Cameroon Development Corporation jusqu’en 1996. Né le 3 décembre 1942, ce politicien camerounais originaire de Buéa, dans le Fako (Sud-Ouest) est Membre du Rassemblement démocratique du peuple camerounais (RDPC).//CRTV par Eliane Marcelle Matsingoum. Lire
Is your money making money while you sleep? Does it sound too good to be true? Since we still live in the age of the interest, it’s not that difficult to earn extra money on the side. With that in mind, here are 11 ways that you can actually earn money while you sleep. More
To achieve the greatest success, you have to embrace the prospect of failure. The sweetest victory is the one that’s most difficult. The one that requires you to reach down deep inside, to fight with everything you’ve got, to be willing to leave everything out there on the battlefield—without knowing, until that do-or-die moment, if your heroic effort will be enough. Society doesn’t reward defeat, and you won’t find many failures documented in history books. The exceptions are those failures that become steppingstones to later success. Such is the case with Thomas Edison, whose most memorable invention was the light bulb, which purportedly took him 1,000 tries before he developed a successful prototype. “How did it feel to fail 1,000 times?” a reporter asked. “I didn’t fail 1,000 times,” Edison responded. “The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps.” Unlike Edison, many of us avoid the prospect of failure. In fact, we’re so focused on not failing that we don’t aim for success, settling instead for a life of mediocrity. More
The women of Buea, the colonial capital of German Kamerun turned out en mass to celebrate the International Day of the Woman on March 8, 2017. In its colourful and beautifully dressed parade podium of the Omar Bongo Square at Clerks Quarters, the women sang and marched carrying placards bearing slogans on Cameroon's progress and indivisibility as a nation state. Looking radiant, the beautiful women of the Southwest region came out in droves as if to make a statement with significant political undertones. The parade in Buea was led by Mrs Okalia Bilai the wife of the Governor of the Southwest Region, followed by Professor Nalova Lyonga the Vice-Chancellor of the prestigious University of Buea. Women of the region both at home and abroad have communion this day to celebrate the place and role of women in society. With the significant effort to break the glass ceiling in Cameroon, the theme of this year's celebration was apt and cogent on the Cameroonian reality: "women in the changing world of work". This comes on the hills of the Prime Minister's visit to the seven Divisions of the Northwest region. In an effort to pacify his hurting brethren, Mr Philemon Yang has rather been bellicose with public statements on the need for justice to take its course for arrested criminals - instigating, burning and looting public and private property. The women of Buea, marched oblivious to the political distractions. Their shoes, their hair-do and the designs of the fabric were "aimed to kill the faint-heart men who dared lined the streets to watch.
"...... Have the millions of Anglophones who live in the Francophone regions pulled out their children from school and "packed" them at home too? Surely, we cannot call this thing about our children, a "strike" If you take your neighbour’s child hostage until the neighbor does something you want, that is understandable. But if you take your own child hostage because you want your neighbor to do something for you, then that is strange, odd, abnormal, bizarre, outlandish and eccentric. Where and when has that ever worked?...."
THE UNANSWERED QUESTIONS ABOUT OUR CHILDREN
By Tikum Mbah Azonga
Some of us are shouting on roof tops that there is no school and there will be no school in the two Anglophone regions. The argument raised is that we must not send our children to school unless what some call “La République” does this or that. Does that mean that we are prepared to keep the children at home for up to five or ten years if necessary? Is that not depriving them of a universal right to education, in addition to helping them to become illiterates and crime-prone? By the way, how did children get into this? This was something started by lawyers and teachers, but now it has become a “children’s strike”? What is the logic in stopping innocent children from going to school while we adults continue to go to work and claim salaries?
Born in King William’s Town and raised in Langa, Cape Town, Thandi Dywili is an encouraging testimony of ‘It does not matter where you come from, what matters most is who you choose to become’. Her career started at the University of Western Cape, while studying BCom Human Resources, where she also worked as an assistant to the Head of the Department of the Economics Management Studies—and she never looked back. The dynamic founder of Lilitha Consulting Group (previously MICODE Mining and Construction Developments), realised her inclination towards business, as opposed to being employed by a company, during her high school years. At social gatherings and outings, she would always be curious and would ask which line of business allowed people to afford luxury cars and mansions? Those responses contributed to the opening of her mind. Working at the Waterfront in customer service exposed her to a life of fine dining and other social luxury experience. More
Some pundits seem to have concluded that the Roman Catholic Cardinal Christian Wirgan Tumi, the emeritus Arch Bishop of the Douala Arch-Diocese of Cameroon is the power-bank masterminding the Anglophone rebellion on itself. In a recent television debate by English and French speaking panellists, these pundits base their assessment not only on the Cardinal’s meeting with Barrister Nkongho Felix Agbor-Balla in the prelates residence in Douala in the evening of 15 January 2017, but the actions of his Bamenda godsons the sitting Bishops of the Bamenda Ecclesiastical province.
According to one panelist, the Cardinal is responsible for the kidnap of school going toddlers and holding a generation of school age pupils hostage, respecting a civil disobedience while they the church managers still collect billions of francs CFA in churches every Sunday. Another panelist, noted tacitly in French translated as: “after collecting complete school fees from parents these con-men of God have refused to readmit school children back to confessional schools which they own. Surprisingly, their teachers are not being paid, are going hungry on the pretext that there is no school, yet they lie to mankind that their doors are open.” The moderator interjected, “the greatest bewilderment is on their staffs that have gone for months without salaries.”
These debates are now rife on radio and TV programmes. According to a civil Society Activist, Andrew Elessa, “some teachers have seen their contracts abrogated by church leaders who claim they have not closed their schools yet tell their personnel that they will have new contracts when school resumes.”
The Legendary Sarah Liengu Etonge has scaled the 4095 meters above sea-level chariot of the Gods in a race to highlight 'Peace and Unity' as Cameroon's pride, dignity and hope for its developmental vision. Her exploits came during the Mount Cameroon race on Saturday, February 25, 2017. With more than 350 athletes participating, the mother of more than 5 children and 55 years old, in good sports-health, challenged the odds and raced up the mountain in less than six hours. With thousands of guests flocking Buea Municipality, Cameroon's German colonial capital, to cheer on the athletes, Buea was in a festive mood. On show was also immaculate sports infrastructure at the envy of the city's detractors. Sara Liengu Etonge was received at the finish line by Cameroon's minister of Sports, Mr Bidoung Mpkwat. Though beaten to fifth position in the female category, Sarah Etonge received accolades and gifts from supporters, sponsors and other well-wishers. Mount Cameroon race of hope is an annual event, with the winners in either the male or female category each taking home at least US$ 25,000 as prize money.
The Biafrans fought to the death. They fought manly battles. The males put their balls where their aspiration was. They did not seek for childish fixes like closing the Onitsha or Enugu markets. They rather braved the odds, yet paid dearly. Fast-ward to their cousins in the neighbouring Northwest region of Cameroon. In clear buffoonery and tomfoolery they have become keyboard warriors rather threatening their neighbours to forgo economic activities into ghost cities. In full fear of private justice, people have stayed home to fend-off attacks and threats from their local enemies and detractors. People stay home more from fear than solidarity. Unlike Biafra, the keyboard warriors from diaspora scream, 'we are winning fatly, mightily, bigly.' If wishes were horses, Odumegwu Ojukwu would have simply declared ghost town in the Enugu and Onitsha market the largest in West Africa. With hindsight Ojukwu would have remained an ICT keyboard warrior to realize his objective. While Cameroon marshal its efforts for economic development, and businessmen flock in thousands to exploit opportunities, the landlocked Republic of Abakwa is being born on cyberspace, with a possible headquarters in Ntumulung Well, Jonas Savimbi, John Garang, Gukunu Wedeye et al could be receiving post-humus lessons in their graves.
Your money is an asset and it should work hard for you in the same way you work hard to earn it. That might sound very general, so to break down the goal of what you are trying to achieve, here are three components to consider when putting your money to work in any investment: • Try to get as much money as you can to work as fast as possible • Earn the highest rate you can on your funds • Understand and avoid the costs associated with your funds such as fees and interest costs.
REVERSING THE CYCLE One of the many benefits of having money is that others will pay you for the use of it. In the same way you pay financial institutions for the credit they provide to you. This benefit is called interest and it is how they make money by providing you with the use of their money at a higher rate than what they are paying for it....More
Anglophone Students of the University of Buea increasingly stroll lazily into Campus begging to be taught. While students from other regions of Cameroon fill amphitheaters, anglophone students have been socializing in molyko neighbourhood filling bars, night clubs and brothels liquidating their stipend. The University of Buea has just published a revised calendar for the academic year, and exams are slated for mid-march. The increasing seriousness of lectures have left so-called English or pidgin-english speaking students no choice than to stroll lazily into Campus. At the Higher Technical Teachers' Training College (HTTTC) Kumba, lectures are in full gear and the student teachers are enticed at the opportunity of being recruited and posted to teach in schools and colleges around Cameroon this year. Postgraduate students are seen busy in the library in the main campus searching for information for their theses. With the absence of internet facilities in the South West region, academics have resorted to old fashion methods like spending long hours in the library. According to Dr Kingsley Ngange and expert in ICT and Development, this may be a necessary evil as it may reduce plagiarism and other unintended consequences since students increasingly copy materials online and use as theirs. Despite the challenges, Lecturers in the University of Buea led by Dr Mbida Sinclair and Dr Agbor Bechem have been having marathon lectures for both postgraduate and undergraduate students. While the traditional lazy lecturers from the North West region whine on the matter the momentum at the University of Buea has left its detractors stupefied. The University has opened a hotline for students to report intimidation and threats. Download Revised UB Calendar.
The most valuable lesson I’ve learned is that nothing in life is wasted if I view it as a lesson learned. I now understand that every step I took, whether forward or backward, was necessary to prepare me to recognize and receive whatever gift was being given to me at the time. I needed every experience to help me grow. And I mean every single experience: the good and the bad, the successes and the failures, the pain and the glory. As a result of these myriad experiences, I have earned the credibility to be known by many as the “Attitude Adjuster.” I show people how to start each day with an unstoppable attitude to succeed and how to stay motivated throughout the day, regardless of circumstances. I know that sounds like a tall order, but that’s what I do and I don’t mind saying that I’m very good at it. More
Intra-regional trade can significantly contribute to food security and inclusive and sustainable economic growth in Africa. However, numerous barriers to cross-border trade exist which not only slow down the development of the agricultural sector but also negatively affect consumer prices and profits in value chains. In order to realise the potentials to improve food security, existing networks of informal trade need to be recognised and improved. Around 75 per cent of the cross-border trade within Africa is informal trade. The vast majority of small-scale informal agricultural traders are women. Studies do show some important differences between, for example, East Africa, where women seem to be less prominent as traders but do participate actively as producers, and West Africa, where women traders are more active. In both cases however women are key actors in regional value chains. It is only recently that governments, donors and others involved in promoting regional trade have started to respond to the specific gender-related constraints that women traders face. More
There is a silent epidemic of loneliness amongst men. Not because men don’t have friends or family. Not because they don’t have people to hang out with or go places with. Lonely because they are not truly seen and authentically connected....It’s possible to have a rich social life, have fun with the guys, attend parties, events and sporting fixtures, cheer for your favourite soccer team surrounded by other men, yet still be alone inside. We can only truly connect with other people when we are our authentic selves. And there are a number of reasons why men often don’t present their authentic selves to the world. The first reason is that most men, whether they are honest enough to admit it or not, have a deep, secret fear that they don’t have what it takes to truly be a man. Every man needs to know that he has the strength to be everything the world demands of a man – to kill the metaphorical lion if he has to, fend off the intruder, win over the woman, protect and provide for his loved ones, build a life of significance and leave a legacy. Because of this, every boy grows up with a burning question on his heart: “Do I have what it takes to be a man?” And he brings this deep question of the masculine heart to his father. His young heart cries out, “Dad, am I enough, am I strong enough, fast enough, smart enough, cool enough? Do I have what it takes?” More
The upheaval by some people who speak broken English in Cameroon has taken a new twist. Dozens of leaders of the anglophone saga who tried to seek refuge in the embassies or diplomatic missions of foreign governments have been chased away far from the mission premises, some embassies have even alerted the Cameroon authorities to come arrest the parasites.This is the case of Dr James Abangma who was urged out of the Nigerian consulate in Buea and now hides in bushes around Mamfe waiting for an opportunity to smuggle himself into Nigeria. A similar fate befell Tassang and Mr Ayah Paul Abineh president of the People's Action Party and supreme court judge who shopped for refuge in more than five diplomatic missions in Yaounde a day before his arrest at the nation's capital. The message is thus clear, that Cameroon's foreign partners side with the government and see the current events as mere lawlessness. Some diplomatic missions have even provided intelligence support to government and road-map to quell the menace. A legitimate demand by teachers and lawyers through their labour unions for better work conditions, has been hijacked by ambitious activists some as failed politicians as well as informal rag-tag hoodlums hiding in the ghettos of Brussels and New York seeking a revenge for a system that orphaned them. The unfolding mess is a tragedy for thousands of youths in Buea and Bamenda who have been arrested, while their peers are excited at the money transfers they access as new flow of income to drink themselves into ecstasy and foment trouble. Foreign embassies have paid little attention and underplayed any seriousness on the issue.
Le ministre de la Jeunesse et de l’éducation civique (Minjec), Mounouna Foutsou, a signé le 14 février 2017 une décision portant création, organisation et fonctionnement du Programme d’aide au retour et à l’insertion des jeunes de la diaspora (Pari-Jedi), placé sous l’autorité de son administration. La suite
"Muumu di laugh, diba di carry he", is a famous quote in west African english creole from erstwhile Cameroon's late soukous maestro Lapiro de Mbanga, which can be used to describe youths in the North West and South West regions of Cameroon. The imbecile drowns smiling! Being deceived on the possibility of instant success in civil disobedience, thousands have found themselves languishing under the brunt of the law, whilst their sponsors enjoy Pizza and Hamburgers abroad, and seasoned politicians like Ni John Fru Ndi playing safe and collecting rents from French firms using his property. With the lure of a quick fix to the developmental challenges African youths face, and the asset of ICT in aiding uncensored communication, youths of the North West origin in particular have been misled into the vain expectation of a revolution.
Persistent Discrimination of South-westerners in Colleges in the North West Region
By Paul Wokeni
Members of the South West Teachers Association (SWETA) have decried the marginalisation of South West Students in the admissions process in state universities. SWETA published a document that reveals an overwhelming marginalisation of students of South West origin in the admissions into the University of Buea (UB), University of Bamenda (UBa), Ecole Normale Superieur (ENS). Statistics of admissions reveal startling information of systematic marginalisation of South Westerners. Evidence indicate an outright refusal to admit students from the South West in the University of Bamenda and other state-owned professional institutions allied to the North West Region.
The revelations were made in a general assembly meeting of SWETA to take stock of the effectiveness of schooling in the region and preparation for the 2017 National Education Forum in Cameroon. At the Higher Institute for Transport and Logistics (HITL) in Bamenda student enrollment for 2016, shows 74.38% of students were from the North West region, 12.50% from the South West and 13.13% of were Francophones. At the Higher Institute for Commerce and Management (HICM) Bamenda 76.32% of the students are from the North West Region, 8.52% from the South West Region and 15.16% are Francophones.
Nationalisation of Schools, Sacking of Teachers, Banning of Some Churches and Declaration of State of Emergency
By Policarp Ashu and John Ndiba
Very important sources report President Paul Biya has retreated to Mvomeka, with huge files on measures to address the Anglophone imbroglio. There are indications of significant stringent measures being considered by government to break the deadlock by forces that have held the South West and North West regions hostage. Tough measures on the President’s table are indicative of the bellicose tone of his speech on February 11, 2017 in which he strongly condemned the abuse of children’s right to education by extremists and echoing the need of the State taking its responsibility to correct issues relating to education and proliferation of lawlessness. Sources indicate that plans are far advanced on the following four measures.
Both Francophone and Anglophone parents have withdrawn their children from Schools in the South West and North West regions. There is an increase in demand for places in English Schools in the West, Littoral and Centre Regions of Cameroon. Students in examination classes dominate the movement. Frantic measures are being undertaken by parents to insure their children catch up with lost lessons following long strikes by teachers in the regions. Principals of boarding schools such as Baptist High School Buea and St Joseph’s College Sasse report receiving dozens of parents daily who come to collect the Boxes and other belongings of their children which they left in college in December during the Christmas break. These withdrawals have important implications on the revenues of these institutions, as well as their standing in society. Some parents interviewed were disappointed with the situation and blame the Catholic, Baptist and Presbyterian churches for being political, whilst their doctrinal credo asserts they are apolitical. For every disappointment there is a blessing, as these demand for spaces are revenue boosters for English schools in Douala, Yaounde, Baffousam and Dschang.
Just look at the Facebook pages of Africans in diaspora, with their breathless streams of political consciousness, tinged with Machiavellian teachings hoping that will change the political panorama. They won’t, guys. Because politicians don’t read. And the few who do don’t care. Your tweets will drown in the churning sea of social media melee, never to be seen by them. And their social media tools are managed by busybodies that only retweet comments that favour them. And so the most they can do, in response to your Facebook updates is to poke you. And you don’t want a politician poking you, trust me. And if you don’t believe me, ask… More
Seven Kenyan doctors who are officials of the medics’ union have been jailed for failing to call off a two-month strike by doctors at public hospitals, reports the UK Independent Media. Judge Hellen Wasilwa said she could not delay further the contempt of court sentence she had suspended earlier on condition the doctors call off their strike. At least 5,000 doctors are on strike for better pay and to protest over the dilapidated state of Kenya’s public healthcare. "This court declines to review its order sentencing the applicants to one month jail terms ... you can now start serving your sentences, those are the orders of the court,” Judge Wasilwa said. The Kenyan Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentist’ Union said it has called off all communications with President Uhuru Kenyatta’s government until their officials are released. “There will be no negotiations as long as the union officials are in jail ... Jailing them is actually stalling the negotiations to end the strike. It is not a solution,” said Thuranira Kaugiria, a top union official. Doctors want the Kenyan government to implement pay rises agreed on in 2013. That agreement would raise their salaries by 180 per cent. The strike has caused a near-total paralysis in Kenya’s public health sector and many people are believed to have died from a lack of emergency services. More
The last two months have seen some of the most grave concerns and distortion of values and complaints generated by the problems raised by Anglophone Teachers’ Trade Unions and Common Law lawyers. Technical claims which professionals from both key sectors in the country presented to public authorities have suddenly degenerated into political demands that today appear to have as sole trump card the education of young Cameroonians. Keeping children at home for weeks and months, as the case has been, remains so disturbing that President Paul Biya could not be indifferent as he addressed the country’s youth on 10 February ahead of the 51st Youth Day in Cameroon. The conclusion was clear and simple – “It is also unacceptable to hold the education and future of our children hostage, in the vain hope of pushing through political demands.” For those who may want to know more, the word ‘vain hope’ in the presidential declaration ought to ring a bell because the eventual outcome of having to make children pay the price of any political request can never be good for anyone. More
Corruption has been at the forefront of political debate for quite some time now. Corruption became so endemic that a social movement emerged out of it. With the recent allegations of corruption the issue has again been under the media spotlight. It also resulted in a complete washout of the monsoon session of the parliament. While this problem is no way a problem of the State and it is broadly speaking a problem in every part of the world, it is imperative to look at the problem from a wider perspective. It includes acknowledging that the problem deals with ethical, psychological, social, economic and legal issues and not just India's political processes. At a moral and ethical level, the term corruption implies impairment of moral integrity or virtue. Transparency International, an anti-corruption watchdog, defines it as 'the abuse of entrusted power for private gain.' At a social level corruption can be seen as either petty or large. Another pertinent question at the social and psychological level is why does corruption occur? The answer may be because of a need to get things done quickly (speed money) in a bureaucratic society. More
Are you an entrepreneur, or maybe you want to be an entrepreneur? What drives you? Is it your passion, or is it profit? What if you could have both? The benefit of launching a lifestyle business is that you can. You can live out your dreams and make money. You can live it forward and earn it forward. Because a lifestyle entrepreneur is someone who creates a business around the lifestyle they want. Take me, for example. I’m a professional speaker, which means I travel a lot. But I didn’t start my business because I wanted to see the world. I started it because I wanted to help others maximize their success and to invest in my family’s well-being. Starting a lifestyle business allowed me to do both. It’s important to paint a picture that fits the lifestyle you feel called to live. First you must clearly define the life you want and then figure out how to fit your business into it. It’s about working to live, not living to work. More
Hier à Yaoundé, ils se sont engagés à s’approprier les dernières recommandations du président de la République qui était représenté à cette rencontre par le ministre SGPR, Ferdinand Ngoh Ngoh.«Le chef de l’Etat vous fait confiance. Vous ne cessez de vous montrer dignes de cette confiance et de cette estime… Il m’a chargé de vous réitérer l’assurance de sa sollicitude paternelle constante. Le chef de l’Etat connaît votre patriotisme et sait pouvoir compter sur votre soutien dans la mise en oeuvre de la politique qu’il conduit pour notre grande Nation… Le président de la République salue le courage, la pugnacité et l’engagement dont vous faites preuve dans votre vie de tous les jours… ». Il s’agit là de quelques extraits de la déclaration du ministre, secrétaire général de la présidence de la République hier dans la salle archicomble dite des « 1 500 places » du palais des Congrès de Yaoundé. Ferdinand Ngoh Ngoh, en sa qualité de représentant personnel du président de la République, répondait à la demi-dizaine d’interventions de jeunes qui l’ont précédé à l’estrade pour cette célébration de l’anniversaire du chef de l’Etat. Le ministre, SGPR, s’exprimant en français et en anglais, a rassuré son auditoire sur la détermination du chef de l’Etat à oeuvrer encore davantage pour leur épanouissement. Il faut dire que hier, les jeunes, qui se voulaient le symbole de la diversité de notre pays, n’ont pas boudé leur plaisir pour cette célébration. Ils étaient environ 2 000 à avoir pris d’assaut le palais des Congrès. La suite
Today, tens of thousands of people are considering starting a home based business, and for good reasons. On average, people can expect to have two and three careers during their work life. Those leaving one career often think about their second or third career move being to their own home. People who have been part of the traditional nine-to-five work force and are on the verge of retiring from that life are thinking of what to do next. The good news: Starting a home-based business is within the reach of almost anyone who wants to take a risk and work hard. More
Before the Gods destroy you, they first of all make you mad. Cameroon diaspora has gone mad. Everyone of them, is now schizophrenic. There is some form of madness amongst Anglophone diaspora in particular. It's an epidemic of epic proportion, unrivaled in history. This discourse is not about lack of patriotism, it's about madness. I mean, 'to be crazy'. It's only psycho-social unstable individuals who will believe anything their imagination conceives.
A few Weeks ago, hundreds of Cameroonian economic immigrants in Germany converged at the gates of a Mental Hospital in Germany, to demonstrate against their President imagined to be hospitalized therein. President Paul Bathelemy Biya was in Cameroon, in his retreat home at Mvomeka in Southern Cameroon. Even after facts revealed he was truly in Mvomeka, Cameroon diaspora still held firm that the president was in Germany.
In fact, a Cameroonian female studying for a PhD in the UK argued that the President has an airport in Mvomeka and may have smuggled in late at night with a hired Boeing 787 to land in Mvomeka, an African village. Hey...whey...hey madness. Haba haba haba craze people. Cameroon diaspora has gone mad. Collective madness. A Boeing 787 landing in a village? If an intellectual of such sort could have such a mindset, then what about the sans papier, and hustlers who sneaked out of Cameroon through the desert into purple pastures overseas? No doubt!
For those who do not know Cameroon, it's a country in the armpit of Africa ordained with free education and heavily subsidized healthcare. More than 90% of children attend public schools and obtain healthcare in government-run hospitals. Adult human beings from that country, before leaving for voluntary economic exile, have on average obtained a Baccalaureate or Bachelor's degree from a public college and university almost for free. Without these social policies, most of them would have been either still-birth or stark illiterates! When they arrive in foreign lands they forget about this largess which does not exist even in the capitalist west. Signs of mental health sets in, with boisterous ungratefulness as the paramount symptom.
"I think mental illness or madness can be an escape also. People don't develop a mental illness because they are in the happiest of situations, usually. One doctor observed that it was rare when people were rich to become schizophrenic. If they were poor or didn't have too much money, then it was more likely." John Forbes Nash, Jr.
When setting ideas in motion and deciding to start a business, most entrepreneurs don’t really know where to start. Every year, hundreds of thousands of South Africans take a leap of faith and start their own business. This path requires a lot of hard work, dedication and commitment and unfortunately many end up failing. But for those businesses that survive, the rewards of entrepreneurship far outweigh the challenges they face on the road to success. It is said that entrepreneurship is living for a few years like most won’t so you can live for the rest of your life like most never will.
Darlene Menzies, CEO of SMEasy offers some guidelines to consider before starting your own business.
1. Taking a leap of faith: One of the most important characteristics of successful entrepreneurs is courage. When it comes to starting a business some people need the courage to let get go of the security of a monthly salary and the benefits of employment, others need courage to put everything they own or have saved on the line and for some it’s finding the courage to take the leap even when their family and friends are not convinced. There is never the perfect time to start your own business and you may never feel 100% ready but once you have considered every aspect, have done your planning and preparation then the only thing left it to find the courage to go for it! More
“Eating olives and consuming olive oil is increasingly becoming part of the South African lifestyle as people realise the health benefits, and use olive oil to dress salads and pasta, and in cooking. The current local supply doesn’t keep up with demand.”Soil preparation for olive production is similar to that of vineyards, and is extremely important. “It’s not enough to dig a hole and plant the tree. We use a digger, and prepare the soil with plenty of chicken manure or organic material that will release nutrients. All olives turn black on ripening. Green, unripe olives are also pressed, and produce a sharp-tasting oil with a powerful aroma.“The rule of thumb in olive oil production is that a third of the olives used must be green, a third black, and a third changing from one colour to another to achieve complexity in the oil.” More
Prime Minister Philemon Yang is Disgraced, Awaits Sacking
By John Ndiba
Cameroon's Secessionist forces called for abandonment of the tradition of celebrating 11 February 2017. This call was heeded in Bamenda, the bastion of separatist movements. The ghost of abandonment visited Bamenda, the Heaquarters of the North West Region of Cameroon, disgracing Prime Minister Philemon Yang who hails from the region. The Prime Minister has clearly lost political support putting his job in jeopardy. Sources close to the Star Building indicate mournful demeanor amongst his staff when information trickled on the success of the ghost town movement in his home region. The people of the Northwest had in recent days shown disdain for the prime minister and his government. Unimpeachable sources indicate that a cabinet reshuffle is close, and its all but certain that he will be replaced with a more daring forceful English-speaking Prime Minister from another region. Political voices from the region had nurtured hopes and acted to actualize a vain political expectation to redefine the form of the state. In all major towns in the north west region, the call was heeded to confirm their embarrassment of Philemon Yang and uphold their spirit of chaos. In Buea, the celebrations were excellently tranquil with Secondary school pupils marching to the rhythm of the bands of University of Buea, Buea Municipal council, Lycee Molyko and ENAP Buea.
The people of Buea and the South West Region have celebrated with pomp and pageantry the 51st Youth day celebrations. Buea on February 11, 2017 witnessed the convergence of youths of a walks of life to celebrate a day ordained by the state to mark youth affairs. This day is historic in the country's political anal, as the founding fathers embellished the 1961 plebiscite with the dynamic spirit of the youth. Cameroonian youths in all ten regions of the country celebrated this day. However, the youths of Buea made a sure of it, following calls for boycotts by Cameroon diaspora and its surrogates in Cameroon. At the end of the ceremony, the Governor of the South West Region was visibly excited and called on all detractors to reconcile their souls with the spirit of what their ancestors fought for.
Character is fate. Fate is character, discuss! These are interesting days for Cameroon. The Government is on a massive crack-down. Its security services have up-their-game. Facilitated by the naivety of excited amateur revolutionists, trove of subversive materials and evidence are being uncovered daily. Atia Azohnwi Tilarius, a journalist with the Limbe-based Sun Newspaper has been arrested. He was arrested on Thursday February 9, 2017 in the Molyko neighbourhood of Buea, bastion of congregating rebellious youths of the so-called Anglophone secessionist movement. Mr Atia with a 5-year journalistic experience was accosted with other journalist colleagues with a bag full of Southern Cameroon’s Secessionist flyers, tear-gas canisters, explosives, laptop computer and flash-storage discs. On examining the laptop computer and flash-disc batches of documents were uncovered that were not merely journalist manuscripts, but correspondences and manuals with detail directives from a list of persons based in Cameroon and abroad on how to topple the Cameroon government and ensure the agenda of the separation of the North West region into a separate Ambazonian Republic. From the materials uncovered, the police have compiled a list of names of scores of accomplices in Cameroon and abroad. Some of these are former University of Buea graduates who were members of the banned University of Buea student Union (UBSU), some of whom have recently regrouped in Molyko receiving monies from abroad and threatening students and lecturers from resuming classes.
The Cameroon flag and President Paul Biya’s effigy flew high at the Buea ceremonial ground popularly known as Bongo Square last Saturday February 11 during activities marking this year’s youth day. Two musical bands from the Buea penitentiary school and the Bilingual Grammar School Molyko sounded the marching songs in selective decibels. Youth groups, pupils and students from academic and professional Institutions marched past in their numbers apparently in defiance of what had gone round as threats of boycott in the backdrop of Teachers’ and Lawyers’ strikes resulting in ghost towns and ghost schools. More
"My dear young compatriots, In the twenty-first century, our bilingualism is a major asset which we must leverage. By providing us a window on the world, these two languages constitute for our youth and ourselves an invaluable asset which only needs to be used. They are a precious communication tool. Therefore, they should not become a bone of contention between Cameroonians." Well, the President is spot on. Researchers say that there are advantages to being bilingual. These advantages might include;
The President's Message to the Youth on February 11, 2017
My dear young compatriots,
Each of you is a star in our sky. You are the ones who light up Cameroon. You represent the positive values of a radiant and winning Cameroon.
This is why the Government is not relenting in its efforts to ensure that you play your rightful role in shaping the future of our country.
Once more, I encourage you to be daring, to be courageous and to take initiatives. The Government will do everything to assist you.
In this respect, I am pleased that the implementation of the CFAF 102 billion “Special Youth” three-year plan has started. It will support one and a half million young people aged between 15 years and 35 years, at a rate of five hundred thousand youths annually, in various areas of interest such as agriculture and digital economy.
Regarding the digital sector specifically, the National Youth Observatory will soon have a platform for meetings and discussions. Guides will be developed to assist and support youths seeking entrepreneurship training, vocational qualification, employment or self-employment.