Scribbles from the Den
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This collection consists of 49 insightful essays by leading Cameroonian blogger Dibussi Tande, which originally appeared on his award-winning blog Scribbles from the Den. These essays tackle some of the most pressing and complex issues facing Cameroon today such as the stalled democratization process, the perennial Anglophone problem, the crisis of higher education, the absence of the rule of law, the lack of leadership renewal, a stifled collective memory, and a continued inability to harness technology for purposes of national development, among others. Scribbles from the Den goes beyond the news headlines to dispassionately analyze and unravel the complexities of Cameroonian politics and society.

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Published 15 May 2009
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EAN13 9789956716531
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SCRIBBLES FROM THE DEN
DIBUSSI TANDE
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Scribbles from the Den
Essays on Politics and Collective Memory in Cameroon
By Dibussi Tande
Langaa Research & Publishing CIG Mankon,Bamenda
Publisher: Langaa RPCIG Langaa Research & Publishing Common Initiative Group P.O. Box 902 Mankon Bamenda North West Region Cameroon Langaagrp@gmail.com www.langaa-rpcig.net
Distributed outside N. America by African Books Collective orders@africanbookscollective.com www.africanbookscollective.com
Distributed in N. America by Michigan State University Press msupress@msu.edu www.msupress.msu.edu
DISCLAIMER
ISBN: 9956-558-91-5
© Dibussi Tande 2009
All views expressed in this publication are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Langaa RPCIG.
Scribbles from the Den: Essays on Politics and Collective Memory in Cameroon
Content
Dedication .................................................................................................. ix Preface ........................................................................................................ xi Foreword .................................................................................................... xv
Part One: The Anglophone File 1. Language as a Tool for Exclusion: Reflections on Cameroon’s National Bilingualism Day ..................................................................................... 3 2. Culture and Political Statehood: Another Perspective on Southern Cameroons Nationalism ......................................................................................... 7 3. The Politics of Pidgin English in Cameroon ..................................................... 11 4. Cameroon Literature in English – Vibrant but Invisible ................................. 16 5. A Baobab Fell in the Forest But Did They Notice? Bate Besong or the Symbol of the Cameroon Divide .......................................................... 19 6. Cameroon Unification: Were Southern Cameroons Leaders Inexperienced and Illiterate? ................................................................................. 24 7. Revisiting The Legacy of Dr. EML Endeley ..................................................... 28
Part Two: Citenzenship in the Global Village 8. Brain Drain: Why are Cameroonian Medical Doctors Leaving? ................... 35 9. Dual Citizenship (I): Time for a Long Overdue National Debate ................ 40 10. Dual Citizenship (II): A Win-Win Situation ........................................................ 44 11. Citizenship in the Age of Globalization .............................................................. 49
Part Three: Collective Memory 12. Individual Memory and Collective Amnesia: Where are the Political Memoirs? ............................................................................................ 53 13. The Cultural Alienation and Historical Amnesia of Public Spaces in Cameroon ............................................................................................................... 57 14. France’s Dirty War in Cameroon: The Assassination of Félix-Roland Moumié ................................................................................................................... 60 15. Once Upon a Time… Osende Afana ................................................................. 65 16. Repaid in his Own Coins: Ahmadou Ahidjo and the Politics of Ostracism ........................................................................................................... 76
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Part Four: The University in Crisis 17. When History Repeats Itself: The Government Spin Machine and the UB Crisis ........................................................................................................... 83 18. Deconstructing Regional Balance and Higher Education in Cameroon ........................................................................................................... 88 19. University of Buea: What is the Cost of Quality Education? ......................... 92 20. Regional Balance, Educational Quotas and (Under)development in Northern Cameroon ......................................................................................... 96 21. Stuck on the Fringes of the Knowledge Economy ........................................ 100
Part Five: Presidential Politics 22. President Paul Biya: 25 Years and Counting ..................................................... 107 23. How to Eliminate Presidential Term Limits (Notes from the Biya Playbook) ....................................................................... 112 24. Biyaism Without Biya? The Battle for Regime Change in Cameroon ......................................................................................................... 115 25. «La Politique de Pourrissement»: Why Biya Remains Defiant ........................ 117
Part Six: Political Pluralism 26. Indigenous Minorities and Political Pluralism in Cameroon .......................... 123 27. Cameroon: Why So Many Political Parties? ...................................................... 126 28. State Funding of Political Parties: A Democratic Imperative or Hush Money for the Opposition? ............................................................... 130 29. Social Democratic Front (SDF): A Dream Derailed? .................................... 134
Part Seven: Profiles of Courage 30. A Dream Deferred: Emmanuel Njela Nfor ................................................... 139 31. Isaac Menyoli: Living Up to the Olympic Creed ............................................ 141 32. Sita Bella: The Final Journey of a Renaissance Woman .................................. 143 33. Joe la Conscience: Cameroon’s Forgotten Prisoner of Conscience ............. 144 34. Jean-Marc Ela – Remembering Africa’s “Liberation Theologian” .............. 147
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Part Eight: Law, Justice & Corruption 35. Trail of Death: Maintaining Law and Order in Cameroon .......................... 153 36. Can Cameroon’s New Criminal Procedure Code Deliver “Justice with a Human Face”? ........................................................................... 156 37. The Untouchables (Politically Mediated Loans and Political Impunity in Cameroon) ...................................................................................... 160 38. 100 Ways to Pilfer a Public Corporation: Notes from the Trial of Gerard Ondo Ndong ................................................................................... 163 39. How Cameroon Auctioned Its Internet Namespace ..................................... 169
Part Nine: Random Notes 40. Gerontocracy in Cameroon – These Old Men Who Govern Us ............... 175 41. Football and the “Burden of Patriotism” in Africa ........................................ 179 42. When Private and Public Spaces Collide: Power, Sex and Politics in Cameroon ......................................................................................................... 181 43. Political Rumor in Cameroon: The “Weapon of Mass Destruction” of the Masses ........................................................................................................ 184 44. Mystery and Intrigue in a Tropical Paradise – Revisiting the Speedboat Attack on Limbe ....................................................................... 187 45. The Government of Cameroon on a PR Offensive in the United States .............................................................................................. 192 46. The Lake Nyos Disaster 20 Years After: Revisiting the Israeli Connection ............................................................................................................ 196 47. Zimbabwe at 27: When a Fairy Tale Becomes a Gory Nightmare ............. 200 48. Obama and Africa: Change and Changelessness in US Foreign Policy ...................................................................................................................... 204 49. In Search of the Elusive “Big Foot”: Where are the Cameroonian Bloggers? ............................................................................................................... 208
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Dedication
To Mokali and Terese
for the unconditional support
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