By Tazoacha Asonganyi
John Ngu Foncha is the political leader who led Southern Cameroons to “reunification” with Republic of Cameroun. He achieved the feat following his triumph in the general elections of 1959 over E.M.L. Endeley who was premier of Southern Cameroons. The elections were free and fair, to use the parlance of today, because at that time, only elections on a level playing field were imagined and imaginable!
The Foncha Syndrome is defined by many elements of naivety. Probably because it has had its most visible symbols from Bamenda – Foncha and Fru Ndi – it has come to earn the sobriquet, “My Bamenda.” The syndrome was generated by a misplaced confidence that derived from the openness of politics in Southern Cameroons that made Foncha’s defeat of Endeley possible. The confidence was reflected in a 1961 editorial of The Daily Times Newspaper of Victoria that stated: "We are bringing into this union a great inheritance, viz., Democracy; the English have ... given us a democratic way of thinking…With this inheritance we need not be afraid to meet our brethren across the border for we are not coming empty handed..."