Teachers of the South West Region under the banner of the South West Teachers' Association (SWETA) have called for immediate school resumption. Speaking in Buea on Monday, January 16th, 2017 during a press briefing, the Secretary General of SWETA, Professor Ernest L. Molua, intimated that while dialogue is ongoing with all stakeholders of the education family in the Anglophone sub-system of education, children should be no where else other than in the Classroom. Professor Molua acknowledged the challenges and plethora of problems faced by pupils, students, teachers, parents, proprietors and administrators in the English sub-system of education in Cameroon; and declared his association's solidarity with the education related demands of the All Anglophone Teachers.
It’s recently become fashionable to worry that the fabric of democracy is being undermined as people feel left behind by globalization and automation. I think these fears are to some extent well founded. But this isn’t a new problem: it goes back at least as far as the 1980s. Our failure to recognize it then, and act on it since, is why it has now reached crisis proportions. Are there lessons we could learn from those decades-long failures of policy? Yes. Will we learn them? Perhaps not, although there are a few promising signs. The most fundamental lesson is that to address a problem, you first need to notice it. One of the striking features of the Brexit vote, and the response in some other places to various manifestations of rising populism, has been the surprise of many voters in wealthy, cosmopolitan cities at discovering how differently some of their fellow citizens are thinking. More
It is a truly vexing question, particularly for ambitious young Cameroonians whose access to political power is being delayed by those who were born before them and have controlled the levers of power for a little too long. What’s to be done about this situation is a question, has been a question, and will be a question for much longer than we can imagine. In the meantime, however, the hazy heads amongst us will find time to castigate gerontocracy by recourse to inconsequential and irrelevant abstract ideas, even as they wait in the wings for their turns.
Far from reproducing abstractions drawn either from the void via the medium of human intellect or from the lived experiences of non-Cameroonians in Europe and elsewhere, I propose to discuss gerontocracy as a living aspect of the indigenous constitutions of Cameroon, since the foundation of every nation’s constitution should be derived from the people’s own historical experience. Approached from this perspective, gerontocracy makes a lot of sense in the context of the existing polities in Cameroon. All these polities were born of and nurtured in gerontocracy, which is the organizing principle of the composition of who governs and has deep roots in Cameroon’s distant past.
Almost everywhere in the country, whether among the centralized autocracies of the North West, West, North, Adamawa, and Extreme North provinces, or among the segmentary semi-democracies of the South West, Littoral, Centre, South, and East provinces, the same principle of devolution of power applies: old men rule.
The Republic of Cameroon is going through an unprecedented storm in its historic tea cup. While this blemish, akin to the multiparty protests in 1990s, has raised dust and hullabaloo in many quarters, The Entrepreneur NewsOnline, herein, combs through the Social Media and post excepts of 'constructive' comments, analysis and rebuttals by the most patriotic Cameroonians residing abroad.
One month out of school is a long time in a child's life.
Fighting for the right of every child to be educated is a fight every right thinking parent and society should be a part of..
No child deserves to be left behind or held back.
Majority parents do not have the means to fuel the business of private home tutoring going on now in Cameroon. Children should not be held hostage for the political ambition of a few people. Save our children.
Keep on deceiving yourselves, your counterparts are in school and getting ahead.. In the next 20 years nothing will change except the people holding student hostages will be in 700 million cfa houses and you'll be an ocada .driver
International Baccalaureate should be available to all schools in Cameroon.. We can't afford to have opportunists disrupting children's education for cheap political gains// Amana Nkele
Kirubi has been among the key faces known as Kenya’s “Mr Money Bags” for five decades and counting, with vast interests in energy generation, fast-moving consumer goods, media, health care, hospitality, financial services, processing, retailing, real estate and even manufacturing. And just when one begins to think that he is considering letting his astute ideas rest, Kirubi says he is still dreaming of new investment ventures. “I dream of how to create wealth,” Kirubi begins in our interview. “I know I haven’t achieved all I want and I am still working on doing more. We are not theoreticians, we are practical and know how to do business in Africa.” More
Running your own business is a great way to experience career flexibility and financial independence. While it’s an idea that has crossed nearly everyone’s mind at one point or another, very few actually capitalize on such thoughts. There are a number of common barriers that are inherent to the startup process itself, but none are more critical than the first step: obtaining the necessary funds to begin with. More
Mwiki, Githurai 45 and Kasarani, as many other residential areas in Nairobi, can be described as concrete jungles due to haphazard construction of houses to cater for the bulging population. While the congestion can be a turn-off, the huge population of people living in estates is a big blessing to entrepreneurial residents. Albert Miare, a 63-year-old retired Assistant Police Commandant, saw this opportunity and grabbed it. More
There’s no money like young money. While African millionaires and billionaires like Onsi Sawiris, Raymond Ackerman, Aliko Dangote and Deinde Fernandez may have more money than most of us can ever dream of, there’s one thing they can never buy: Youth. Even money has its limits. But there are a handful of young Africans in their 20s and 30s who have built businesses and amassed enviable million-dollar fortunes. Call them million-dollar babies. While some are corporate animals; others are empire builders- like Ladi Delano, the restless 30 year-old Nigerian entrepreneur who founded Solid XS, a hugely successful premium Vodka business in China when he was barely 23 years old. He subsequently flipped his vodka company for millions of dollars. Today, he is a co-founder and CEO of Bakrie Delano Africa, a $1 billion investment vehicle committed to making acquisitions in Nigeria’s mining, energy and agriculture sectors. More
Identifying African entrepreneurs below the age of 35 who are building thriving million-dollar businesses is not as difficult as it used to be. There is an incredible wave of entrepreneurship transforming economies on the continent and young Africans are increasingly catching the entrepreneurial bug, creating remarkable businesses that are solving critical socio-economic problems, while creating job opportunities and building considerable wealth. And you should take notice. Meet 30 of Africa’s most promising and inspiring young entrepreneurs- the continent’s brightest stars and the harbingers of tomorrow’s prosperity. More
Over the last month, Cameroon has been caught in a downward political spiral as students, lawyers, taxi drivers and teachers in the former Southern Cameroons take their frustrations to the streets after years of complaints and indifference on the part of the Yaoundé government. Cameroon, which for so many years, has been characterized as an oasis of peace in a chaotic and unstable region, is finally going the way of other countries in the region. Chad, Congo, DRC, CAR and Nigeria have all been theaters of violent conflicts shortly after independence, but Cameroon which is a union between East and West Cameroon also known as Southern Cameroons has enjoyed some relative peace. Though years of the Maquisard movement in East Cameroon threatened the country’s independence and unity, the country’s first president, Amadou Ahidjo, held the country together sometimes through brute force and sometimes through the carrot which he displayed to his enemies. After all, it is also possible to catch flies with honey. We don’t always have to use vinegar.
After the senseless killings in Bamenda and Kumba during the week, some calm seems to have returned to these two highly populated cities. However, rather than assume all is over, you and your government should be seeking ways to bring the different factions to the negotiating table. Cameroonians in their overwhelming majority agree that there are major issues facing Cameroon’s Anglophone minority. These issues have been festering for decades and the demonstrations that have enveloped the Northwest and Southwest regions of the country over the last two weeks speak to the frustration and anger the Anglophone population has been harboring for too long.
Anglophones need a purely Anglo-Saxon educational system. They want their children to be taught by intellectually sound lecturers instead of Francophones whose knowledge of English leaves much to be desired. Similarly, lawyers also want to work within a criminal law system that they understand very well. They want to make their submissions in English; something they strongly believe will help them and their clients.
Schools in Cameroon resume for the second term on January 9, 2017. The academic year in Cameroon runs from September to June. The Second term is typically loaded with youth events as the period coincides with Cameroon's annual youth day celebration on February 11, 2017. The resumption of schools and colleges in the Northwest and Southwest regions remain ambiguous given an ongoing trade union strike called by local teacher trade unions. The grievances of teachers is currently being examined by an Adhoc Commission established by the Prime Minister Mr Philemon Yang and headed by Professor Paul Ghoghomo. The commission has been hard at work to resolve substantive issues. However polemics not relating to teachers' work and work conditions have been a drag on the conclusion of the commission's work.
Kiyosaki expands on his belief that the school system was created to churn out 'Es' / Employees... those "A Students" who read well, memorize well and test well... and not the creative thinkers, visionaries and dreamers –entrepreneurs-in-the-making... those "C Students who grow up to be the innovators and creators of new ideas, businesses, applications and products.
The book urges parents not to be obsessed with their kids' "letter grades" ("good grades" might only mean they or the student themselves were successful in jamming a square peg into a round hole...) and focus, instead, on concepts, ideas, and helping their child find their true genius, their special gift. The path they can pursue with a love and true passion.
Robert showcases success stories of "C Students" who grew up to be phenomenal successes – and HIRED those "A Students"(attorneys, accountants, and other school-smart specialists) to work in their businesses... while the more average students, "B Students," often find themselves in government-type jobs...
Not surprisingly, Kiyosaki will coin his own definitions of what "A," "B," and "C" stand for as he gives parents and their children bits of wisdom as well as insights and tools for navigating an ever-changing world... an Information Age world where the ability to change and adapt, understand relationships, and anticipate the future will shape their lives.
Few individuals embody the African growth story more than Nigeria’s Aliko Dangote, arguably Africa’s most successful, and actually its richest man. With an estimated personal fortune of $18,3bn, he and the company that bears his name – the Dangote Group – have become a byword for business success in Africa. Established in 1981 as a trading company, the Group has since grown into a sprawling and diversified conglomerate, spanning everything from food processing to oil and gas, real estate, logistics and finance. With its base in Nigeria, the Dangote Group is now in the midst of an aggressive pan-African expansion drive. More
Ils ont reçu récemment à Yaoundé, des parchemins de fin de formation et des équipements pour le début de leurs activités. Mekassi Mireille Nicaise fait partie des 285 (167 hommes et 118 femmes) porteurs d’initiatives économiques de la cohorte 2016 du Programme de promotion de l’entrepreneuriat agropastoral des jeunes (PEA-Jeunes). Elle vient de recevoir, comme ses camarades, son parchemin de fin de formation dans des structures d’incubation. Elle compte après cet enseignement de près de deux mois, produire un millier de poulets de chair dans la ville de Soa. La suite
In less than two decades, Ashish Thakkar turned a $5,000 loan from his parents into a continent-spanning empire. How did he do it? For someone who dropped out of school aged 15, Ashish Thakkar is doing pretty well for himself. His conglomerate Mara Group is estimated by some to be worth over $1bn, which would make him Africa’s youngest billionaire. He spends most of his time jet setting around the world, striking new deals and meeting with world leaders and Hollywood celebs. And he has become the acceptable poster child of Africa’s soaring class of the mega-wealthy. Now aged 33, his biggest regret, he tells me, is that he didn’t leave school earlier. Founded with just $5,000 two decades ago, Mara Group is now estimated to have an annual turnover of over $100 million. It has created thousands of jobs across Africa and has fingers in countless pies, from real estate to e-commerce to agriculture. The conglomerate has joint ventures with some of the world’s leading multinationals. It has a hugely ambitious pan-African infrastructure project in the pipeline. And even all this, Thakkar says, is barely scratching the surface of what he wants to do. More
As far as entrepreneurial success goes, few can hold a candle to Strive Masiyiwa. The Zimbabwean-born, UK-based founder and executive chairman of the diversified telecommunications group, Econet Wireless, can lay claim not only to being a member of Africa’s new business elite, but has a global pedigree to rival many of his peers around the world. Visit the chairman’s page on his company’s website and you are inundated with a who’s who of global business, policy and philanthropy. From household business names such as British billionaire Richard Branson, to heads of state (African and global), to leading philanthropists such as Bill Gates, Masiyiwa knows them all. Visit his opulent home on the outskirts of London in the UK, and the walls are adorned with awards and pictures with global leaders – one of these shows Masiyiwa having a casual chat with US President Barack Obama in the Rose Garden at the White House. More
On October 11, 1991, President Biya announced during a nationwide address that multiparty legislative elections would take place on February 17, 1992. He also announced that a tripartite meeting between the government, opposition parties and members of the civil society would take place in Yaounde, under the patronage of the Prime Minister, to discuss the draft electoral code and the draft decree on the access of political parties to the official media. He declared that the decisions of the meeting would be binding on all. More
President-elect Donald Trump has rarely shied away from a moment in the spotlight, whether in business or in politics, but his inaugural address in two weeks will present a singular opportunity to speak to the country and the world. If Barack Obama established a reputation for his soaring oratory, his successor is known for salty rhetoric that’s often at odds with political convention — suggesting Trump’s inaugural address, too, could lay down a new marker. “Bring the country together, bring the country back to work, making sure we’re safe and secure, making sure Americans are safe in their homes and jobs,” Epshteyn said of the speech’s likely themes. More
Economic indicators are good but they need to improve if Cameroon is to achieve its goals. It has achieved solid economic growth in difficult global economic conditions (mid to high 5% growth) but there is plenty of space to do better. The business environment, despite being one of the most dynamic in the country, has been held back by excessive bureaucracy, hence its low rankings in the World Bank’s Doing Business reports. There are many Low Cost Business Ideas which Cameroonian youths can exploit. The government has started to tackle the bottlenecks to make it an easier place to do business and invest. Conditions have always been favourable for foreign investors; they are given the red carpet treatment and preferential arrangements. More
Barack Obama will leave office on 20 January with his approval ratings rising to approach those of Bill Clinton when he bowed out 16 years ago. Despite this, his presidency is already being dismissed by many as, if not actually a failure, then a bitter disappointment. He will now be condemned to stand by as his successor – the very opposite of him in so many ways – sets about shredding his legacy. More
Dr Emmanuel Mbella Lifafa Endeley has been proven a hero, by the passage of time. Time the greatest equalizer vilifies Dr John Ngu Foncha and Mr Solomon Tandeng Muna. These historic architects of Cameroon's nation state played diverse roles on which today's events resurrect the abyss of their consciences and machinations onto a trial dock for false leadership into slavery. So much ink has flowed on the Cameroon Anglophone Saga and contemporary issues relating to the form of the Cameroon nation state.
Historians document under-the-table promises which Amadou Ahidjo baited Foncha and Muna for their personal aggrandizement and eventual betrayal of their people. Though they are documented to have apologized on the eve of their grave-bound-journey, after exhausting their advantages, their monumental crafty behaviour has reared its ugly head unto today's Cameroon political dispensation. What was Dr EML Endeley's position and projection on events? The words of Dr EML Endeley exude foresight and rise supreme from the dungeon of his Mokunda grave in Buea, the colonial capital of German Kamerun.
A business plan is a written description of your business's future, a document that tells what you plan to do and how you plan to do it. Some of these could be low-cost business ideas. If you jot down a paragraph on the back of an envelope describing your business strategy, you've written a plan, or at least the germ of a plan. Business plans are inherently strategic. You start here, today, with certain resources and abilities. You want to get to a there, a point in the future (usually three to five years out) at which time your business will have a different set of resources and abilities as well as greater profitability and increased assets. Your plan shows how you will get from here to there. More
How Adherence to Principle Derailed Um Nyobe’s Opportunity to Political Power
By Emmanuel Konde
Cameroun nationalism proper was “conceived” in 1947 at the Unicafra (Union camerounaise francaise) Congress that met in Douala. It brought to the same location all the aspiring political figures in the United Nations Trust Territory of French Cameroun. But the aspiring politicians there assembled agreed on nothing and the Congress ended up in dismal failure. The rupture of the Unicafra Congress was the first trauma that Cameroun suffered in its fetal stage. Instead of a united Cameroun nationalist front, Unicafra gave birth to two mutually hostile camps: the nationalists resisters of, and the nationalist collaborators with, French colonialism. From this troubled birth trauma sprung Racam (Rassemblement Camerounaise) and, after the banning of Racam by the French colonial authorities, the fledgling Union des Populations du Cameroon (U.P.C.) was founded in 1948. The U.P.C. was committed to achieving independence and unification of the two Cameroons on the terms of the indigenes and not on those of the French whom the party considered as interlopers. By its principled stance and refusal to compromise, the U.P.C. placed itself at variance with French policy. Hence, from the inception of U.P.C. to its demise the party was marked by French colonialism in Cameroun for destruction.
Selon une source du ministère des Finances, les fonctionnaires épinglés pourraient être plus de 700. « C’est au quotidien que des fraudeurs, agissant seuls ou en bandes organisées, sont détectés par nos différents mécanismes. Les montants détournés varient d’un individu à un autre et également d’un réseau à un autre. Si nous devions communiquer sur ces opérations de démantèlement, nous convoquerions la presse tous les jours, car nous procédons au toilettage de nos fichiers régulièrement », confie notre source. La suite
You can’t touch it, but you know it’s there. Everyone knows what it is, but no one knows what it looks like. What is it? It’s the future, of course. One could think of the future as a most peculiar kind of public good. Theoretically, all of us have access to the future, without exclusion. At the same time, having my fair share of opportunities to be and do what I aspire to does not prevent you from having yours. Like water or air, futures can be of better or worse quality. On the one hand, this hinges on hard constraints, such as the abundance and sustainability of natural capital; on the other, the possibilities of a generation depend on the fair opportunities they get to shape them, which are in turn a matter of the robustness of social capital, the resilience of human capital and the quality and inclusiveness of institutional capital. In violent or divided societies the future is arguably more or less accessible depending on where you stand. More
"Um Nyobe and Jua manifested some unmistakably remarkable similarities in their approaches to political organization as well as commitment to principle. The elder statesman was Um Nyobe (1913-1958), who held together the fledgling nationalist UPC with remarkable organizational skill. A visionary unlike any other Cameroonian, Um Nyobe was always articulating political ideas for an independent Cameroon that placed his country and countrymen above everything else. Within the UPC, he was acknowledged as the undisputed leader. More advanced in age and experience than his closest counterparts, he was the planner who devised the roles each of them played. French intelligence reports in the National Archives in Yaounde, as well as the accounts of contemporaries bear eloquent testimony to this."
I would now like to dwell on the events that have unfolded recently in the North-West and South-West Regions. Physically and emotionally, we are deeply concerned about these events. Due to the acts of a group of manipulated and exploited extremist rioters, Cameroonians have lost their lives; public and private buildings have been destroyed; the most sacred symbols of our nation have been desecrated; economic activities have been paralyzed momentarily. You would agree with me that all of this is UNACCEPTABLE. Our country does enjoy political and trade union freedoms which are guaranteed and governed by our laws and regulations. More
Volkswagen recently opened a new assembly plant in Kenya and launched plans for a ride-sharing service in Rwanda as it seeks to take advantage of surging car demand in Africa. The German car manufacturer’s move into East Africa comes just weeks after it signed a deal to build an assembly plant in Algeria. “Overall car sales in Africa are bound to rise by 40 percent within the next five years, that is why we are expanding our business,” said Volkswagen Brand CEO Herbert Diess. More
According to the African Development Bank (AfDB), as far back as 2011 there were already 313 million people – or 34 per cent of the continent’s total population – that could be referred to as middle class. Yet at the same time, other parties see it differently. According to Standard Bank, only 15 million households in the 11 largest Sub-Saharan African economies fall into the bracket. Consultancy firm EIU Canback agrees there has been growth, but not as much as many think, suggesting that the African middle class rose to 6.2 per cent of the continent’s population in 2014, up from 4.4 per cent in 2004. More
Leaders of the six countries that make up the Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC) will hold an extraordinary session in the Cameroon capital Yaoundé on Friday, state radio announced. CEMAC brings together Cameroon, Chad, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, the Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic. Though the report did not reveal the agenda of the meeting, which it said was at the invitation of President Paul Biya, the leaders would most likely will discuss a devaluation of the CFA Franc amidst growing debate over the use of the currency by African countries. More
HOW A MISTAKE MADE IN 1961 IS TORMENTING THE FATHERLAND IN 2016
By Emmanuel Konde
The political discussions that took place in Foumban in July 1961 have been treated extensively. What has received scant attention until this writing is the real purpose for which the Foumban Conference was convened. The Foumban Conference, in so far as constitution-making was the object of the meeting, woefully failed. Foumban was supposed to be a Constitutional Convention, where a Constituent Assembly of elected representatives of the independent Republic of Cameroun and the UN Trust Territory of Southern Cameroons met to draft and recommend a new constitution for the impending Federal Republic of Cameroon. But Foumban, as it turned out, accomplished less than that. A Constituent Assembly charged with the responsibility of drawing up a constitution was never elected by the people. Consequently, the parliaments of both Southern Cameroons and Cameroun never ratified the federal constitution.
The development and growth of any modern economy is inextricably linked to the state of its infrastructure. As a general rule, the more developed and efficient a country’s infrastructure, the higher its national GDP and the better the living standards; the poorer the infrastructure, the lower the national income and the worse the living standards of its population. But, as economists are fond of pointing out, the issue is very much a chicken and egg conundrum; which comes first – high national revenues enabling the roll-out of greater infrastructure or quality infrastructure leading to higher productivity and incomes? More
Just as South Africans in London congregate in Wimbledon, there is an American enclave north of Johannesburg, near the American International School in Bryanston. But they come out in force for certain events, such as last week's exhibition and auction of pictures by João Silva, the New York Times photographer recently injured in Afghanistan. Go back further in time and South Africa has a rich history of immigration – black Africans from the north, Dutch traders in the 17th century, imported slaves from Indonesia, India-Ceylon, Madagascar and Mozambique, then the British, including the 1820 settlers. More
I am writing to advise that while the demands of the English-speaking minority in Cameroon are legitimate, it must be borne in mind that seeking to achieve everything in a short period of time could be counter-productive. We must always be mindful of the origin of the strike. After several unsuccessful attempts by Anglophone lawyers to draw the attention of the minister of justice to their plight, the region’s men of law decided to take their case to the streets. The objective was to ensure that their submissions be made in English as that is the language in which they can comfortably express themselves. The transfer of French-speaking magistrates to the North West and South West regions has been a tough challenge to the lawyers and their clients as most of the French-speaking magistrates and judges have little or no knowledge of the common law system. This unfortunate situation has been compounded by the fact that some important documents only exist in French whereas Cameroon is supposed to be a bilingual country and its legal system bi-jural.
Prime Minister Yang Philemon’s declaration that Cameroon is united and indivisible is, of course, no music to many Anglophone ears. The situation pitting the government against striking Anglophones has even been made worse by government ministers who have taken to the air waves to misinform Francophones, with many declaring that there is no Anglophone problem. Such rhetoric is not calming down flaring tempers and no reasonable Anglophone will buy into such noise that is only inflaming the marginalized people of Southern Cameroons. Their rhetoric is only causing the two camps to drift apart. If the street demonstrations cannot convince the government that there is something wrong, then nothing will make it go to the negotiating table. Cameroon government officials should take a look at their own statistics to gain a better understanding of what is poisoning the relationship between them and Anglophones. The Internet is awash with this information and turning a blind eye or withdrawing into a cocoon of indifference will not make the problem go away.
Rich Dad Poor Dad, the #1 Personal Finance book of all time, tells the story of Robert Kiyosaki and his two dads—his real father and the father of his best friend, his rich dad—and the ways in which both men shaped his thoughts about money and investing. The book explodes the myth that you need to earn a high income to be rich and explains the difference between working for money and having your money work for you.
For the most part, it seems that people either love or hate the book and now having read it, I think I understand why. Most likely it seems that it depends on your personal situation and knowledge prior to reading the book. I think that if you were someone who was just making ends meet, using all of your salary to support your lifestyle (in Kiyosakian parlance, buying "liabilities") and doing little to save and invest (buying "assets"), I can see that this book might serve as a wake up call and can inspire and motivate people to look for ways to possibly change their situation. Furthermore, the book's various claims, (however misleading or unrealistic as I point out below) plays right into such people's desires to learn the "secret of success" of the rich that if only they knew, they could quit (or abandon their plans) to go to school, quit their jobs and just invest and live off of investments the rest of their lives without working.