Born to Rule
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Born to Rule is the autobiography of an African-president monarch who does not want to pass away without leaving anything in writing to future generations. The book is more than just the autobiography of a president in that it has responded to all the key issues that most people have been asking about the development and underdevelopment of Africa. It is a seminal contribution to the world's collective knowledge of African and world history. At times it is compellingly incisive, satiric, and tongue-in-cheek and, in some places, trenchantly hard-hitting and humorous in its brutal portrayal of the way Mandzah and, by extension, the African continent, is managed and mismanaged.

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Published 15 May 2009
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Born to Rule Tah Asongwed
Born to Rule is the autobiography of an African-president monarch who does not
want to pass away without leaving anything in writing to future generations. T e
book is more than just the autobiography of a president in that it has responded
to all the key issues that most people have been asking about the development and
underdevelopment of Africa. It is a seminal contribution to the world’s collective
knowledge of African and world history. At times it is compellingly incisive,
satiric, and tongue-in-cheek and, in some places, trenchantly hard-hitting and
humorous in its brutal portrayal of the way Mandzah and, by extension, the
African continent, is managed and mismanaged.
“Born to Rule...makes an interesting contribution to the debate on
development by raising and exposing, through the self-narration of an African
president-monarch the questions, issues, imponderables, and contradictions of
development, democracy and governance. It is must reading for anybody in
the development business...”
- ADB Today
“T is book satirizes the absurdities of leadership in Africa and deals centrally
with the ripples of … intellectual aridity and vacuosness of the people who
occupy important positions in the African continent.”
- T e African Economy
“… a masterful exhibition of creative and imaginative thinking and role
playing.”
- Africana Bulletin
Tah Asongwed was born in Baforchu (Mbu), Bamenda, Cameroon. After completing
secondary school in Sacred Heart College, Bamenda, he attended the Cameroon College
of Arts, Science and Technology in Bambili. He subsequently attended the Universities of
Ottawa, Toronto, Massachusetts and Paris 111. Tah Asongwed worked briefl y for Radio
Cameroon. He was a lecturer in Laurentian University, Canada, a translator-interpreter
with the West Africa Rice Development Association, and a principal interpreter with the
African Development Bank where he was elected the chairman of the Staff Council. Tah
Asongwed has published scholarly articles in linguistics journals. He is also a musical
artist, composer, arranger and producer.
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Tah Asongwed
Born to Rule: Autobiography of a life PresidentBorn to Rule
Autobiography
of a Life President
Tah Asongwed
Langaa Research & Publishing CIG
Mankon,BamendaPublisher:
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ISBN: 9956-558-42-7
© Tah Asongwed 2009
First published 1993
No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system,
or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical,
photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the prior permission of
the publisher.
DISCLAIMER
The names, characters, places and incidents in this book are either the product
of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Accordingly, any resemblance
to actual persons, living or dead, events, or locales is entirely one of incredible
coincidence.With love and affection
To Rosemary and the entire family
and
With reverence and deference
To those the African people put first
But foreign interests put lastContents
Foreword .................................................................................. ix
Preface xxix
Acknowledgements ..........................................................xxxiii
1. Early Childhood ................................................................1
2. Education ...........................................................................5
3. Initiation into Politics.......................................................7
4. Party Leadership ............................................................ 15
5. Party Convention and my Investiture......................... 25
6. From Pluralism to Single Party .................................... 27
7. Appointments in Government..................................... 33
8. Policies in Some Key Sectors....................................... 41
9. The Debt Problem ......................................................... 95
10. Taxation......................................................................... 103
11. Internal Security.......................................................... 105
12. Plots ............................................................................... 106
13. Indoctrination ............................................................... 133
14. Disinformation............................................................. 135
15. Favouritism and Nepotism ........................................ 139
16. Tribalism........................................................................ 149
17. Political Prisoners and Human Rights...................... 151
18. Democratization .......................................................... 155
19. Mandzah and Africa in the World ............................. 163
20. My Legacy ..................................................................... 167
21. Post Scriptum ............................................................... 169Born to Rule: Autobiography of a Life President
Foreword
When President Wan Nei contacted me to write the foreword
for this book, Born to Rule, I took it as a singular honour, and
welcomed the opportunity as a noble calling for me to manifest
to the entire world the solid bonds of friendship that have
characterized my relationship with him. I also saw it as an
opportunity to extol the ties that bind his country, Mandzah, and
mine, the United Conquerors Republic, as our two peoples strive
to maintain peace and the triumph of democracy all over the
world.
I have read Born to Rule thoroughly from page to page and
from cover to cover and can affirm that it is a seminal contribution
to our collective knowledge of African and world history. It is
compellingly incisive, satiric, and tongue-in-cheek and, in some
places, trenchantly hard-hitting and humorous in its brutal portrayal
of the way Mandzah and, by extension, the African continent, is
managed and mismanaged. But that’s precisely what truth is all
about.
I am not in the least surprised that President Nei would make
such a meaningful and scholarly contribution to history. He has
been the only president of Mandzah since independence in 1960,
and because of his great popularity, his people have continued to
present him as the sole candidate for re-election in every presidential
election. Needless to say, he has always been democratically elected
with at least 99.99% and, sometimes, with more than 100% of
the votes cast. In fact, judging from the support he enjoys within
his own country and the assistance he receives from the civilized
world, there is no doubt that he has many more years before him
to continue rendering meritorious service to his country and people.
Most of those who started out with him, including some who
shot their way to power through the barrel of the gun, have already
been dumped in the garbage can of history while he lives on as if
by some mythical and mystic power.
With the wind of democracy blowing off the heads of despotic
African heads of state, we of the developed world have to put
our imagination to work to devise ways and means of helping
President Nei to hang in there. He has had a secret agenda for the
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