Opinion Paper – December 2016
WHAT IS THE ANGLOPHONE PROBLEM?
The past few weeks will be recorded in the history of Cameroon as a period when some Cameroonians decided to stand up against what they perceive as the systematic marginalisation of a people who, by virtue of their common heritage (education, culture, way of life etc) constitute a recognisable community; and who, by virtue of history, constitute a political entity.
These times will be known and remembered amongst chapters that include
1. The wind of change by which a semblance of democracy made a breakthrough and the apparence of multiparty politics returned to the scene in Cameroon in 1990.
2. The unrest that surrounded the modification of the constitution in 2008.
However, what is particular about the unrest currently witnessed is that it has not engaged the entire nation in the same way as those of 1990 and 2008 did. Rather, its epicentre is found in the North West and South West regions which, and it’s no coincidence, are also the parts of Cameroon that constituted what was referred to as Southern Cameroons before 1st October 1961.
Considering that those parts of the country were administered by the British after the defeat of the Germans in WW1, the administrative traditions, community management, education, legal tradition and perception of government and governance are inspired by the British tradition. Continue reading “The Anglophone Problem”
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