13 Reasons Why A Valid History Of Cameroon Is Yet To Be Written

February 25, 2013 § 2 Comments

A country is worth its History. This is because, from the authentic history of any country, a conscious leadership is born and enabled to handle competently, not only the crucial issues of the hour, but also the planning (with a vision), of the important ventures of the future.

It is because of the type of national history that the citizens of a country are exposed to, that we today have a Cameroon character, a Nigerian character, a Ghanaian character, an Ivorian character and so on.  For, this character always stands on a history, whether this history is true or false and, most unfortunately, it is this character that produces the leadership of each country which, in turn, dictates its pace of development or, in some pitiful cases, its pace of underdevelopment.

Today, many African countries lament about their leadership but the crucial question is this: On which history do these leaders stand? Do they know the true history of the countries most of them did not even apply to rule? What is to be expected of a leader who does not even know his country? I bet, very little.

So, this paper sets out not to lay the blame but rather the assignment at the doorstep of the Cameroonian historian – the re-writing of Cameroon’s history. And, like the clinical handling of any disease, the first step is a diagnosis: why has this history not been written so far? Why is the history we have today so superficial, fragmented, biased, battered, mutilated, doctored and full of gaps and disturbing silences?

The first reason is that most of our historians on both sides of the Mungo are not bilingual and have, consequently, found it difficult to explore and make good use of crucial documents written in their second received language, be it English or French. They have, consequently, not been able to benefit from the support that a writer gets from another’s findings, as they have continued grappling, each in the language he masters.

Secondly, many crucial documents about Cameroon history are rather found in Europe, especially in Germany, France and Britain and it has proved prohibitingly expensive, especially for young historians, to go to these countries and dig up the facts. Worse still, some of this information is still kept in the confidential or classified files of the secret intelligence services of these countries and is, consequently, still unavailable to historians.

Thirdly, most important Cameroonian political leaders of the first generation have died leaving no ‘memoirs’, biographies or any published documents that historians can use to understand the motives of most of their actions. To my mind, of all the politicians that have rocked the political landscape in Anglophone Cameroon, only Nerius Namata Mbile and Albert Wuma Mukong have left behind documents that can benefit a historian.

This is such a serious problem to Cameroon as a country, that if the children of those politicians who did not publish any document before dying are in possession of any, they owe a duty to this country to publish such a document or make it known that such a document exists. East of the Mungo, we have only Albert Eyinga and Monga Beti who have made serious publications about their political roles.

The fourth reason is that it took very long for Cameroon history to become part of the syllabuses of official examinations in Cameroon itself. Pupils and students spent their time on ancient history and European history, and only came back home to talk about such banalities as ‘Rio dos cameroes’ and ‘Too late Hewett’. So, historians were not motivated by a ready market for their books if they wrote on Cameroon history.

Fifthly, most Cameroonian historians of the first generation were government employees who took the selfish stand of defending their jobs and guaranteeing their promotion rather than writing the true history of their country. These careerists, rather than steering clear of writing, became official historians.

Lamentably, official historians, like court poets, only set out to please their masters. They magnify anything positive and only render in euphemistic or litotic terms anything negative.  As a matter of fact, they set out to write the epic of their leader.  That is why there is a disturbing absence of a sense of proportion and intellectual honestly in most existing Cameroon history books today.

They sixth reason is that most of the existing historians lack a sense of commitment. They write out of a desire for gain and not out of patriotism. Their goal is, therefore, not the development of their county but their profit. That is why most of them believe in, and respect ‘no go’ areas in Cameroon history.

The seventh reason is the antagonistic posture of the politician or the man of power towards the intellectual. This intimidates some would–be historians even from taking a decision to write and pushes those who dare to write, to self–censorship. This is an area where politicians need to review their stand because they are the ultimate beneficiaries of a true and authentic history of the country and the final victims of a false history even though it initially gives them the illusion of success.

The eighth obstacle, that the Cameroonian historian has always had, is government propaganda which uses many formulae, ranging from selective provision of information through doctored data to the fact that for a long time after independence, private media were either absent or very weak.

Furthermore, another difficulty of the Cameroonian historian, which might not be entirely of his own making, is the unconscious legitimising of a colonial viewpoint. Indeed, Cameroonian historians have often not had a Cameroonian point of view that is so present in the county’s oral literature and so have annoyingly repeated the same vocabulary as used by colonialists to legitimise colonialism and neo-colonialism.

Further still, existing textbooks are replete with very negative evaluative references to, and even subconscious prejudices against the “Union des Populations du Cameroun” (U.P.C.) and the opposition Social Democratic Front (S.D.F.), that even some of the major authors seem not to be aware of.

Consequently, this consistently exhibited bias and other errors of commission and omission, make their texts lack the required balance and objectivity of a valid history. Again, there is a failure on the part of our historians to incorporate Cameroonian interpretations of their history which are readily available in the oral literatures of Cameroonian tribes, especially as regard the colonial and post-colonial periods.

The penultimate difficulty of the Cameroonian historian, even today, is the induced absence of a reading culture in the citizenry.  This means that, for the historian who chooses to write the true history, he can neither hope to have his book on the official school booklists nor count on an independent reading public for financial support. And he therefore, lamentably, finds himself only with the drinking adult population which calculates its money in terms of bottles of beer.

Last but not the least is the failure of mainstream churches to preserve our history by keeping vital documents and making them available to researchers. In most counties in the Western World, even when intellectual freedoms have been almost inexistent, the monasteries, seminaries and other such institutions have always safeguarded the truth for posterity. These institutions still need to prove that they have carried out this mission in Cameroon.

All said, it is very common today to pick up a book with a very lofty and attractive title on Cameroon history, only for it to fail the litmus test – woefully. So, we need to become conscious of our history as a crucial determinant of our development and, therefore, strive to create an enabling environment for true historians to emerge, so that a genuine Cameroon history can one day be written.

Source: CPO

THE WAR THAT FAILED: The Rise and fall of the mighty UPC [Union des Populations du Cameroun] Part 1

February 2, 2013 § Leave a comment

Thus began the bewildering spread of apocalyptic winds of “purification” of society throughout the expanse of Europe with a cold, chilling, iron fist and draconian message from the low lying Karl Marx and Frederick Engels in Marx’s classic,:das kapital”;”A spectre is haunting Europe, the spectre of COMMUNISM.” The very essence of Western Civilization was being put to a hard and destruction laden test. The Bourgeoisie had to go; destroyed and buried forever. The message that grew like a seed planted in the hearts of Marx and Engels bore fruit in London, England where the grave of Marx lies instead of Germany his adorable homeland, Deutschland.
The impending ideas of ideological attacks on the fortress of Europe became a murderous reality in the Russia of the Czars. Successive battles of wills and grabbing of power from the Czars and royalty structured with numerous Counts and Countesses, bourgeoisie,and the middle class finally boiled down to the rise of the proletarians under Lenin. The Union of Soviet Socialist  Republics [USSR] was born. The consolidation was brutal as millions perished. Vladimir Lenin,born in 1870 died in 1924 after leading the revolutions that consequently overthrew the reign of the Czars and ushered in a new concept of an Empire of classless society. The false idea of creating a new Kingdom of God on earth was now taking a structurally veil shape.

Joseph Stalin took over and even went further in his efforts to consolidate his overwhelming powers. He led the USSR in smashing the rise of Hitler and his advancing evil empire. He embarked on a great purge that saw the killings of his countrymen reach the staggering numbers of more than twenty millions people. The scourge of Europe had stated in hellish deed. He did in 1953. He had industrialized the Soviet Union and created political prisons in the Gulag Archipelago.

When Nikita Khrushchev took over the alluring magnetism had started taking hold of many rising intellectuals all over Europe. Paris was the epicenter of discourses, pamphleteer a tradition once dominated by Jean-Jacques Rousseau in the advent of the French Revolution. The great World war II had come and gone and leaving many European nations impoverished and a shadow of what mighty powers they were before. The United States of America found herself the most dominant power unscathed from the horrors of the wars that engaged them from European theaters to the diminished Empire of the Sun-god after they had attacked Pearl Harbor on the Roosevelt’s famous day of Infamy in 1941. General Eisenhower was the most powerful man in the world. Africa was on the rise as the few intellectuals groomed in Europe started clamoring for Independence.

In 1956 The English and the french attacked Egypt and reclaimed the Suez Canal from Gamal Abdul Nasser who had overthrown the King. He immediately nationalized the canal in his country but controlled by the English and the French[the French engineer Ferdinand de Lesseps had built the Suez Canal]. President Eisenhower had called on the British and the french to liquidate their Empires, he even told Winston Churchill that though the British thought and declared that their Empire would never perish the peoples in the Empires would answer Patrick Henry’s declaration,”Give me liberty or give me death”…

In the seemingly calmness of the tutorials, conferences, discussions, discourses, exchange of ideas, meetings and the highly effective Socialist International assemblies in Paris a new vision for the creation and independence of African states by Africans was being discerned. Richard Wright, Frantz Fanon, Ho Chi Minh, George Marchais, Francois Mitterrand, Salvatore Allende, Enrico Berlinguer, and many others met for days on end. Young Cameroonian intellectuals joined the fray and became converts to the great fiery ideas of Karl Marx and Lenin. The ideas at hand became ideas of Marxism-Leninism. In time Dr. Felix Moumie and the firebrand, young and powerfully laden with ever flowing ideas of the rising Socialists everywhere, coupled with the thoughts so true of Frantz fannon’s “Wretched of the Earth”, Um Nyobe met several times over many days, weeks and years to form the Union des Populations du Cameroun. Patrice Lumumba had been swept through by Dr.NKrumah’s dream of a United Africa as he declared that the Independence of Ghana will never be complete without the total liberation of Africa. Lumumba then embarked on the total liberation of the Congo from the greedy hands of king Leopold of Belgium and her supporters in the West. Jomo Kenyatta was fighting the British to free Kenya from the shackles of Colonialism while Kaunda was bellowing hard against the British in “Zambia[Southern Rhodesia] Shall be Free”. The Portuguese enclaves of Guinea Bissau, Angola, Mozambique were gathering the storms of rebellion. All Africa was on fire. Algeria was bleeding the French and Ho Chi Minh was waging a war of attrition on the French in Vietnam finally dealt them a death blow in Dien bien phu….another Waterloo and Trafalgar. The British had imprisoned Kwame Nkrumah of the Gold Coast and Jomo Kenyatta of Kenya for their violent activities against the hegemony of her majesty’s Government. The controlled organisation of elections were held and the Prisoners [Nkrumah and the great Jomo] won. At independence the Gold Coast became Ghana.

Ghana became the high point of reference to the parties with socialist leanings all over Africa. Ben Bella of the Algerian Revolutionary Movement was fast becoming a star of liberation movements all over Africa South of the Sahara.

Dr. Felix Moumie with his fearless and brave wife, a Bulu lady, Mme Ekemeyong Marthe, Um Nyobe, Mayi Matip, Ernest Ouandie, and many other young and promising Cameroonian students came together and charted the structural and imminent activities of the Union des Peuples du Cameroun. They requested and got the wholehearted support of the elders of all the other Socialist Movements whose commitment made it possible for Um Nyobe to address the United nations general Assembly. A viable,vibrant,and immensely ideological party was born and ready for action on the operational theaters of Cameroon and her peoples. The list of members included hundreds of surprisingly pro-French Cameroonians. The future of Cameroun had never been brighter with the UPC than it was at the time. Dr.Moumie’s aim of ushering in a Cameroun without the creation of a bourgeoisie class was fast becoming the ultimate lifetime of bliss for him. The wretched of the earth in Cameroun whose lands were being pillaged, exploited, and desecrated had to stop…..and echoing the words of the great American activist, Patrick Henry, “Give me liberty or give me death” he embarked on the next step…the fight to wrest independence from the French.

Comet Elenin JUNE 2011 (Update) By Russian Reports

June 17, 2011 § 13 Comments

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After watching this video, it’s actually then that I realized how serious this stuff really is. At the moment I feel so speechless. Well like other prophecies which have been predicted and nothing happened such as the most recent one on 21st May 2011 which had to do with Judgement Day,  I however still get the jitters when I look into the sources of the last, biggest and final prophecy, 21st December 2011 Doomsday. Among a few of these sources are the Mayan Calender which holds a lot of facts and almost everything about it looks so true. Read the Story or Watch the video by clicking here. Another source which freaks me out as well is the Comet Elenin/Nibiru. Solar bodies have always been in motion. But I really wondered how things will look like if the Earth were to be hit by a giant comet (the Nibiru/Elenin story). There are several movies out there from which you can get ideas from and for real, they creep me out. Forget about the Illuminati and their 11 number game from the 9/11/01 event to the 21/12/12 prophetical event, the Illuminati Card Game predictions, World War 3 prophecies and all the other crap which I haven’t mentioned yet.

The Mayan Calender and the Nibiru/Elenin (myth) are just about enough to send any rational person with rational thought thinking straight about their prophetical impending doom.
What’s your take?

Antichrist 666 World War 3 Doomsday Prophecy!!!!!

April 14, 2011 § 11 Comments

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New World Order Nibiru Nasa 2012 Armageddon Prophecy HAARP Info Leaked

April 14, 2011 § 12 Comments

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The Illuminati, does it still EXIST!?

April 7, 2011 § Leave a comment

Does the Illuminati still exist? Apparently for some. Click here to get their brief history (for starters) and learn a little more about their conspiracies.

The Value of Freedom

March 31, 2011 § Leave a comment

“War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.”
~John Stuart Mill (1806 – 1873)

 

Clearly those true and impressive words are lost on this person:

 

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To this man (and I use that the term “man” loosely) all blood shed to protect and defend the freedoms we enjoy (and often take for granted) in America has no value. His freedom itself, according to his sign, has no value. The life he lives in America, has no value.

He has no respect for the lives lost to ensue others, including himself, can enjoy a life free from oppression.

As far as I’m concerned, his existence has no value.

More Useless idiots here. SH is covering the protests here.

Update: As stewie in comments points out, peace has no value without freedom. Ask anyone living in a totalitarian country.

Source: Jawa Report

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