Tuesday, 29 August 2017

SC Struggle: Government to Close ALL Shops Respecting Civil Disobedience (Ghosts Towns) Calls - B’da Gov’t Delegate

Bamenda Council Seals
The Government Delegate to the Bamenda City council in the North West Region of Cameroon has hinted that the government intends to close down all shops in the country, whose owners respect calls for civil disobedience, popularly known as ‘ghost towns.’

Vincent Ndumu Nji spoke August 29 few hours after he led troops of gun totting policemen to the Bamenda market where seals were systematically placed on doors. 

The seals did not carry any legal provisions giving him the powers to do so, but simply advice traders to contact him, (Government Delegate).
Vincent Ndumu, later confirmed earlier rumours that the shops were shut down because the traders respect Ghost towns days. Hear Him in an excerpt:

Vincent Ndumu: Is your action backed by law? 
“That is the administration, (decision) not of the city council but of the region and the division and of this country in general. 

We would also impose a certain kind of penalty against you people (traders). That is the reason why markets of the Bamenda City Council were closed today (August 29 2017). 

So that they take up the measurement of respecting ghost towns up to even three days by people who have no direct relationship with them. And in addition to that we have selected all the leaders of the various unions of the markets and we are going to seal all their shades,

until they are capable of bringing order within our main markets as they have been doing, whenever it means contesting against any decision taken by the city council, or the administration, “he said in a worried and shaky tone. He did not precise how long the closure will last or make any allegation to the effect that traders did not pay their taxes or rents.

Sealed shops in Bamenda
The closure of the shops in the Bamenda main market and other markets, comes a day after a similar action was taken by local authorities in Mamfe in the South West region of the country.  

The Senior Divisional officer for Manyu Division, Oum II Joseph was quoted as giving similar reasons like that of the government Delegate of Bamenda.  The move has been interpreted as a measure taken by government for traders to abandon ghost towns and press for school resumptions. 

A trader in Mamfe is quoted by media reports as saying the closure has no impact on them. “They can seal the shops and do whatever. We are determined to get what we want," the local resident said.  

Sealing of shops in Mamfe; Credit Photo Eric Tataw

Ghost towns were first imposed on January 9 2017 by the Cameroon Anglophone Civil Society Consortium, as a means they said, to oppose the brutality of protesters in Bamenda late December 2016 by security forces. 

The closure of shops precedes the militarisation of then British Southern Cameroons otherwise known as Anglophone Cameroon with some more than 1000 gendarme officers. Southern Cameroonians had been demanding wide ranging legal and educational reforms.It has been maintained by other liberation movements notably, the Southern Cameroons Ambazonia Consortium, United Front, SCACUF on similar grounds.

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Cameroon Censorship: ‘Tough Talk’ On Canal II Television Suspended…Indefinitely

Ntariyinke Divine : Host 
One of the lone English programs, “ToughTalk” on Canal II Television, broadcasting from Douala in Cameroon has been suspended. 

Although the suspension is still from word to mouth, the program was not on air this Thursday, August 24 at 10:00 am local time. The program also comes up live every Tuesday at the same time.

The twitter handle of one of the panelists, Elie Smith on August 23 2014 carried the following tweet. “The flagship Canal 2 English program : Tough Talk, broadcast every Tuesdays & Thursdays has been temporarily suspended,” without any precision.  On when the program would resume Elie Smith added in a facebook comment : "No idea. Perhaps when the situation political atmosphere improves, which I doubt that, it is any time soon." 

Elie Smith : Talking Tough !
The Management of Canal II TV was not immediately available for comments. Sources however hinted that pressure was mounted on Canal II officials for the program to be suspended. 

“The pressure came from the Ministry of Communication and especially from the Ministry of Justice. The complaint was the program was hitting too hard on the Anglophone crisis,” our source said.

It was also gathered that the government was requesting that the program host and panelists speak in favour of government and for school resumption. The host of the program, Ntaryinke Divine and co-panelists, Henry Kejang  and Elie Smith are all reported to have insisted on balance reporting and presentation of the facts and truth, no matter how hard they may be. 

Kejang Henry simply said he had no idea as to why the program was temporary suspended. It is however said that besides the focus on the Anglophone crisis the independence in the tone of the program also scared Yaounde authorities. 
Kejang Henry 

The telephone lines of the Minster of Communication, Issa Tchiroma, rang several times but he never picked it up.

Since the start of the Southern Cameroons crisis, sometime in October 2016, at least five English speaking journalist have been detained in prison while many others are suffering the same fate in Bamenda in the North West of Cameroon. Calls for the release for journalists arrested have so far fallen on deaf ears. The repression by Cameroon government on the media has caused some media practitioners to flee arrest or resort to self-censorship.

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Southern Cameroonian ‘Bunker’ Detainees Transferred to Kondengui Prison?…Patrick Ndangoh Still Sick

Patrick Ndango : Very Sick, Still in Bunker
Some of the detainees whose video emerged from an underground cell at Gendarmerie headquarters better known as SED in Yaoundé, have reportedly been transferred to the Kondengui Central prison.

It remains unclear what caused the transfer this August 18 2017, but there are indications that the worldwide condemnation of their detention conditions might have  caused the Cameroon government to rethink about treatment of detainees.

Information gathered from different sources said at least five of the SED detainees   have been transferred. Witnesses identified them as Fomuki Fabian, Tabe Edward, and Vincent Bosi. Two others who were transferred identified simply as Julius and Ngwa.

Other sources also hinted that three of the detainees turned down an offer to be moved to another more “confortable” cell called 'VIP' at SED,  on grounds that all of them should leave the underground bunker at once. 

A security source who requested anonymity said that the detainees who were transferred to Kondengui had spent at least six months in the underground cell.

Fabiano Deco; Bunker detainee
We also gathered that there are actually two bunkers, located on the basement of offices at SED, where Southern Cameroonians arrested in connection with the struggle for the liberation of their homeland are being detained.

“There are only Southern Cameroonians and Anglophones in the two bunkers.  We were 25 in one tight smelly stinky cell. In fact at one point we were all sick because the toilets were blocked. We ate under stinking degrading conditions, sweaty and dehumanizing. We finally actually cleaned the toilet pipes with our hands so shit could flow out,” recounted a detainee who passed through the underground cells before being transferred to Kondengui.

We are also informed that Patrick Ndango remains very sick at SED after he was badly beaten by gendarmes following the emergence of the video which sent shock waves about the inhumane treatment meted out on Southern Cameroonian detainees. He was thrown back into the same cell.  They are on day 14 of their hunger strike. 

Dasi Alfred:  Mbwngwi Incident Suspect 
Family members and no ordinary person knew about their whereabouts until the video from SED emerged on August 6. 

Worth mentioning family members of some suspects arrested in Mbengwi, in the North West of Cameroon,  in connection with a controversial ''weapon catch"  on August 3, are raising concerns about the whereabouts of their relatives.
Meanwhile some 25 detainees from Kondengui, were on August 18 2017, taken to the Yaoundé military tribunal where they have been accused of secession and related charges. Their matter was adjourned to September 22.

Thursday, 10 August 2017

GUEST - Dr Akwanga-“I am an Extremist for Freedom, Mr Biya is an Extremist for Annexation, Domination” PART II

@Washington Protest, July 2017 
In the second and last part of Dr Ebenezer Derek Mbongo Akwanga’s interview, he states that Southern Cameroonians have been talking to themselves thinking that they have been speaking to the Government of the Republic of Cameroon. 

“For 56 years one side has been fighting us and have also tied our hands. They have removed all our teeth and we are thinking that they should remove our nostrils before we start reacting. No, it can’t happen that way,” he argues.   

He speaks passionately about the struggle and adds that, the duration for SC to attain its independence, would be determined by how much people invest in the struggle as individuals and as a people.

The freedom fighter, who considers himself as “Sango Na Muna” in the struggle, said he is an extremist for freedom and alleges that President Paul Biya is an extremist for domination and annexation while Cameroon's Communication Minister, Issa Tchiroma, is an extremist for lies telling.

To the human rights activist and author, Southern Cameroonian women and girls should consider themselves as partners in the struggle and not just supporters. Dr Akwanga also speaks extensively about his ‘going to the war front’ and contends that the right of SC to defend themselves selves should not be seen from the perspective of going to war.   Read on…

We put our discussion on hold when you said you feel for the younger ones. But of recent, social media activists ‘attacked’ you for posting the picture of your own child graduating from school. The same has been said for Cameroonians in the diaspora who are expected to also keep their children home. Are you thinking about that?
Dr Akwanga, talking Passionately about the SC Struggle
That was an oversight that can happen in any struggle. The post in question was pulled down from Facebook and needless to return to it.
We must respect the will of the people. This is to tell you that the people are sensitive and seriously involved in the struggle for the liberation of our homeland. Nevertheless, we cannot allow our children to go to school in an unsafe environment or the courts to function, until we get our freedom.

Shutting down schools, the courts and then ghost towns, some keep asking, what next?
What next? We have so many problems and all those problems will not be resolved if only we don’t send our children to school or our courts are shut down. Those problems can only be resolved in a free and totally independent Southern Cameroons where we can practice our way of life which entails our educational and legal and cultural systems, everything that we have, to put together.

There has been stalemate for months as we speak. The Cameroon government is referring to some Southern Cameroonians as ‘extremists’ while the leaders of the liberation movements are maintaining their position to keep up with the civil disobedience and ghost towns alive. Are we not moving towards outright violence in one way or the other?
What do you call violence? It is a very cheap rhetoric. People keep saying that we don’t want violence. You don’t want violence? What are some of us doing in the diaspora? Are we not escaping because of what La Republic is doing violently to us? Those journalists that have been locked up, more than six of them what did they do? Who is instituting violence? Let’s say Balikumbat attacks Bafanji and Bafanji keeps taking the blow. Then when Bafanji needs to retaliate and say, we have taken enough, we need to defend ourselves and take back our land, you would accuse the Bafanji people for violence? 

That is not violence. You don’t look at war from the perspective of violence. Do you know why when you kill somebody it is categorized into first degree and second degree murder, homicide and manslaughter? It depends on the circumstances. What I am saying is that we are not a violent people. Our right to defend ourselves should not even be seen from the perspective of going to war.

The problem is that for 56 years one side has been fighting us and that side has also tied our hands. They have removed all our teeth and we are thinking that they should remove our nostrils before we start reacting. No, it can’t happen that way. Most of us are Christians and our culture does not support suicide. Why do we want a general suicide for the entire Southern Cameroons when we fold our arms and somebody is beating us when we know we can untie that rope and fight back to defend ourselves?

Teargas Canisters, Used in Bamenda Dec 8 2016
Some have been asking if you have the means to fight back…
How far do you know if we have the means if we don’t try? Show me any army in the world that has won a war against its people. Do you know why they are still fighting in Iraq till date? You never win a guerrilla war. If we decide to become guerrillas would also decide when to end it because we can keep going and going even if only one person is remaining.  You prepare and go to the field .

You must enter into peace talks with the guerrillas when we would reach that stage, if that is what they want. You know what happened with the Barth separatists? They were never defeated though they lost some battles in certain places. They were still there.

I am made to understand that Southern Cameroonians are afraid they don’t have the resources for maybe war, they don’t want war… and do not want to die or for innocent people to lose their lives…
Fear of what? How do you know that we don’t have the weapons? You will know whether we have weapons when we start using them or we don’t use them. Just wait, when we start using them the next question would be which type of weapon you have. Are they Chinese, American or Russian? The weak will always find a way to escape from their responsibilities. What we are trying to do is not to find out whether we have weapons or not. 

What we are trying to do is to pass the baton to the next generation. Did the guys who got up in the North West and created the largest catapult the world has ever seen aware that they were going to do that? If you try and don’t succeed, try, try…try and try again. We have not even tried and we are asking whether we have resources. It’s La Republic which should be asking what we have to fight them. We can’t make an announcement.

These are questions the ordinary Southern Cameroonian in the struggle can be asking himself or herself…
Who is the ordinary man? The ordinary man who dies every day without Quinine because the government and the regime cannot provide anything? Or the ordinary woman who goes to the hospital pregnant and is forced to give birth on the floor and she dies? Or the ordinary man who dies along the Tiko-Douala road because the roads are death traps and graveyards? Is that the ordinary man you are talking about who is afraid to go to war to defend his homeland? 

Violence on UB Students Nov 2016
Who is the ordinary man? The one who tries to escape persecution and cross over to Nigeria and is killed or like my junior Jeff Mokake, who wanted to cross to the USA and died between Costa Rica and Nicaragua?  Or the ordinary woman or girl who is dying in Kuwait? Are they the people who are afraid to die when they are dying every day? Are they the ones or those who are in China? 

With all the knowledge you have you cannot work or do anything. You have to at times beg for crumbs to survive. You tell me how that is different from death. You are a living corpse so you should not be afraid to stand. Those who are down there are never afraid to fall.
Are you going to be at the war front or on your keyboard?
What kind of question is that? (Laughs…) Wait for the appropriate time…

As the SC Youth League chairman, what do you make about the debate and the election of an IPM or Chairman of the Governing Council for Southern Cameroons?
I don’t even see myself as just the leader of the youth league but as the leader of the struggle. Even at my age I am one of the oldest who is in this struggle that have never wavered. I am like that stone they call ‘Sango na Muna’ in the middle of the sea. That stone that the water comes and goes on it and still leaves it there. I am not going to anywhere when it comes to this struggle. 

I have given you those dynamics, politics. If people don’t cast away officialising politics into this struggle and realise that this is a matter of the very survival of a people nothing is going to change. I am not a rich man but we have a culture in which our people respect titles and wealth and the younger generation find it so difficult to disentangle themselves from that. People at times accumulate fake titles and they start fighting one another and thinking that God will send someone from heaven to come and fight for them. 

If we want freedom, I told our people, write it down that Dr Akwanga said give us independence and take up any position that you want. I am not interested in power. I have been in the struggle from the age of 13. I just want freedom. I can go back home, others can go back home. Those who want politics can play it, then. The greatest thing Mandela did is to have run South Africa for one term. If he tried the second term he would have died in office. 

Because if you are really doing your job as a President or PM you would not want more than two terms since it’s a very heavy job.It does not only make you grey but it can make you grow mad because of the pressure that is there. We don’t have a piece of land called our own and so how will it work? I have told our people that we are a people because we are a nation. We are not a country yet because we are not yet a state. You are forming a PM or whatever position to do what? Where do you want to put him?
It’s a government in exile…and in waiting…
No. You just want to create more chaos. Let me ask you. If others create a government I come here as Dr Akwanga and many know and trust me and get Dr Success to be the Secretary of State for Defense. I get you as Head of Communication. I create my own government. Who is going to stop me?

Dr Akwanga, and H.E. Sisiku AyukTabe (to his left)
Finally everybody can create his own government…
Good. Let me tell you. If we have our land and put up a flag and create a government and others create their own.  Whose government would be respected? That is what we said to the people. Let us do the right thing that is done in such a struggle. When we have a piece of land the rest will follow.. We must be ready to go get the piece of land.

Don’t you think trying to go get a piece of land could plunge the country into a long war like in South Sudan?
No it can’t be a long war. The people of South Sudan fought for a very long time. People of East Timor were not even as sophisticated as us. All will depend on the commitment of those who want freedom.

Aren’t you afraid of being killed in the process? Again are you serious that you will be at the war front or behind the key board as some people are insinuating?
Are you sure that I am still alive to be afraid of death?

University of Bamenda Student, Julius Akum, Shot Dead
You are alive and talking to me…
No I am a living corpse that is what you are and all of us Southern Cameroonians are, until we take back our land. We are all pretending to ourselves. For 56 years we have been talking to ourselves thinking that we have been talking to LRC.I don’t want to use a very raw analogy. Look, we are all going to die. Death is part of human transition. I don’t know how I am going to die. But I don’t want to die on my knees. I want to die standing.  
Let me die for something that would uplift the human spirit than to die for something that would downgrade it. We are not perfect persons, which is why we continue to seek the face of God. We have to decide whether we want to die for something that is upright and righteous or something degrading. I can give you a list of people who have betrayed the struggle and are dead. I went to prison and went through all kinds of torture. God knows why he kept me alive.

I wish to find out at what level you are with your case against the Cameroonian government.  (The UN Human Rights Committee had asked the Cameroon government to pay the sum of 1.5 Billion frs cfa to Dr Akwanga as reparations including compensation for torture and imprisonment since 2011.)
Well I have won the case. The UN has asked them to pay compensation but it looks as if the state is scared that if they paid me I will use it to buy AK47s and come after them. But I have said that it is already in the books. Whether I die today and my son or daughters are no longer there my grandchildren will collect that money. Whatever system exists there, would pay that compensation.

Police Molesting lawyer Muea, Buea (2016)
Would you want to recall your detention conditions?
I have already explained how I was being fed with human excrement and urine for two weeks, solitary confinement for two years on the ‘balancoire.’ I was sexually molested by female gendarmes and beaten on the soles of my feet and given all types of treatment. I don’t like talking about myself.  But if every true Southern Cameroonian who has suffered and decides that I am taking revenge on La Republic du Cameroun, how many people would be fighting? 

You will find at least 7.5 million Southern Cameroonians fighting against La Republique. There are different types of war. There is a war to conquer people like what Adolf Hitler and Mussolini did. There is also what is called a war of liberation like what happened in Kosovo where the US sent troops to help the Kosovites. That is not a war of dominating people but a war to save humanity. We don’t want to conquer LRC.  Our goal is simple. Take back our homeland. Stay where you are we can come together as neighbours. I see LRC citizens and their system as enemies to us.

Of late there has been much talk about a possible genocide in Southern Cameroons, your take on that?
It has been going on already for a very long time. Are you saying that when we start defending ourselves that is when it would become genocide? People are afraid to do their jobs.  How many have we seen in the USA dying without touching the gun?  How many have died on the Tiko- Douala or Douala- Bamenda Road.  People are not afraid to die but are afraid to take responsibility. The torture and the abuses going on is part of the genocide.

People are saying the struggle is in the hands of the Cameroonian youths. In your view, are they organised to face this challenge?
There is no Cameroonian youth. Cameroon has died in the youths called LRC. They are chicken. But there are Southern Cameroonian youths. The Southern Cameroonian youth are an integral part to this struggle.  They play a pivotal role for the struggle for freedom because it is their struggle. What we are trying to build is not just for them. It is for the children that they are going to reproduce and also for their great, great grandchildren. 
(On Phone) with other SC Rights Activists
Our days are running out that is why they become an integral part of the struggle. It is in the same light that I see our women and girls and keep telling them that they should not just see themselves as supporters of the men in this struggle. They should see themselves as partners, different from supporters. The Southern Cameroonian youths are therefore an integral part of the struggle. For in reality the struggle is to build a better future for them and the next generation and so they must not give up.

We have witnessed killings when the protests started and now we are witnessing destruction of property. Who do you think is responsible?
That should not even be an issue. Those markets and schools cannot be compared to one single Divine Sumbela who was shot dead and those killed in Southern Cameroons. Those markets and institutions that are being burnt down cannot measure to a Julius Ngundi, an   Ekang Zacharia, a Philip Tete, or Richard Fomuso. They are nothing. You can replace those things but you can’t replace any of these men who have been killed. So let our people talk about those who have been killed than talk about things that are replaceable.

You are author of more than one book, could we share your inspiration?
I wrote Smiling through Hardship which I am trying to update. There is also Heads Without Hearts written by my cousin Professor Samuel Kale Ewusi. I am expecting that others would be able to write about me. That is what is to happen. Let them not wait for me to die. Those who are brave can write about me. 

I was told people are even afraid to meet you. What do you think accounts for this?
I know people are afraid of me and even to take pictures with me. I know I am even worse than the OsamBen Laden who is dead. That is not even a problem. People were scared of associating themselves with Albert Mukong at one time in the Southern Cameroons. 

You don’t talk about him. If any child who mentioned that name someone would say that man is very dangerous. Don’t call that name. At the end of the day he became the one everybody wanted to go closer to. People were afraid of Ernest Oundie, Oum Nyobe, Felix Moumie and others. People were scared of talking about Nelson Mandela. That is how the world is.
Now everybody wants to say like Mandela. They forget that Mandela planted bombs. He encouraged even the sabotage at that time because it was needed. I am not worried about that. I know what people would write as epitaph on my grave. But the people will conclude. They are going to say there once lived a very small man, very physically few, but who carries the heart of billions of people.

How soon are we going to have the independence of the Southern Cameroons which majority of SC seem to want restored?
The duration for us to have independence would depend on how much we have invested in the struggle as individuals and as a people. I cannot be precise to say in 3 days or 4 days. If I make that kind of calendar for independence it means I am mad. We can know when to begin if we have the means. You have heard about burnings here and there. Do you know what is going on and where it is coming from?

Activists are accusing the regime and the regime is saying it is the handy work of extremists?
Making a point to Bar Shey Blaise 
The annexationist regime is accusing the pacifist people of Southern Cameroons as extremist on what bases? Have you not heard that the greatest extremist was Jesus Christ? Have you ever head somebody asking you to love your enemy? Do well to those who despise   you. 

I am an extremist for freedom. It means I will do whatever it takes even until death to ensure that my people are free. Paul Biya is an extremist for domination and annexation. He is prepared to kill our people, take away our electricity and our water as he took our internet. He is ready to go to anyway to make sure that we know that he calls the shots and that we are his slaves. 

Issa Tchiroma is an extremist for lies telling. That is the absolute negative part of extremism. Every one of us has character traits of extremism it depends how you exhibit it. You can have extremism for the better good of the people or for negative things. I always tell our people not to bother on what they would be called but on what they think about themselves. So we should not go and defend our homeland because someone would say they are extremists or terrorists? Another man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Gov;t Claims It Has Arrested Leader of 'Southern Cameroons Liberation Movement' With Arms, Explosives

The Minister of Communication, has said that security forces have arrested five persons including the leader of the Southern Cameroons Liberation Movement.
Minister Tchiroma :  For Real? 
In a press briefing August 9 2017 in Yaounde, Issa Tchiroma claimed the main suspect he presented as Mr Dasi Alfred has confessed that he was planning to carry out attacks on security forces.
Social media critics and analysts are accusing the government of making a repeat of what it allegedly did in 1996-1997- planting of military devices and regalia in Kumbo, in order to clamp down on Southern Cameroons National Council activists. Government never denied such allegations.
A source close to the Southern Cameroons Ambazonia Governing Council, a grouping of most of the liberation movements said, the resistance is peaceful and that the Southern Cameroons case is rooted in international law, with no need for the use of arms. The source said an official position should be expected.
Below is full declaration from communication Minister on the arrest of suspects with explosives....




Yaoundé, 09 August 2017

On 2nd and 3rd August 2017, the services of the North-West Regional Delegation for National Security arrested five individuals during their inspection operations in the town of Mbengwi, Momo Division, of the North-West Region.
They are DASI Alfred NGYAH alias "Sniper"; MBA-ABE Edwin DASI; TEFEH Collins TEGHE; FUH Luther CHE; NGWA Louis MONYONGA and Martha FORMENYAM.
The first exploitation of the detainees allowed to carry out a raid at the residence of Mr DASI Alfred NGYAH, prominently the head of the gang, where the police discovered several military items carefully arranged and concealed in a bunker by him.
Those items include semi-automatic firearms, night vision devices with a telemeter laser, shooting goggles, a firing episcope equipped with amour plating, bipods and tripods for precision weapons, gun chargers for snipers, containers equipped with explosive charges, chemicals as explosive charges, detonator cords, explosive device switches, timers and other devices for the manufacturing of improvised explosive devices and firearms.
The exploitation of a laptop which was also seized at the scene revealed the presence of electronic files containing information on the manufacturing of improvised explosive devices and a map unveiling the hidden units of the Southern Cameroon Liberation Movement.
The first results of the investigation currently under way indicate that the main suspect, Mr DASI Alfred NGYAH, resides in a foreign country of which he is also a national, although he is of Cameroonian origin.
He admitted being a member of the Ambazonia and the main leader of the armed wing of the "Liberation Movement of Southern Cameroon".
Questioned on the origin, belonging and destination of the military devices seized at his residence, the individual asserted to be the owner and declared that he had personally acquired them abroad, and then transferred them to Cameroon via a neighboring country.
Investigations carried out also made it possible to establish that Mr DASI Alfred NGYAH was the brain of the network previously identified as the perpetrator of the attack foiled in prelude to the celebration of the May 20, 2015 National Day in Bamenda.
The suspect had then managed to escape and taken refuge abroad.
Returning to Cameroon, he was planning, along with members of his commando, to carry out attacks against the Defense and Security Forces, military officials and administrative authorities.
At the time of his arrest on August 2 and 3, the network headed by Mr DASI Alfred NGYAH was preparing to attack a police checkpoint.
As it is, investigations are underway in the competent services.

Thank you for your kind attention


UN Tells Gov't to Return Home and Solve Root Cause of Anglophone Problem in Cameroon

 Readout of the Deputy Secretary-General’s meeting with a delegation led by Prof. Paul Ghogomu, Director of Cabinet of the Prime Minister of Cameroon (August 8 2017)
On 8 August, the Deputy Secretary-General met with a delegation led by Prof. Paul Ghogomu, Minister and Director of Cabinet of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Cameroon. They discussed the internal situation in the Republic of Cameroon, particularly in the Anglophone regions. The Deputy Secretary-General welcomed the efforts being undertaken by the Government to de-escalate tensions and highlighted the importance of further confidence building measures, including ensuring that justice is given to all and that human rights are upheld and respected, and noting that those responsible for rule of law are to be held to a higher standard. 
The Deputy Secretary-General also reiterated the willingness of the United Nations, through the good offices of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Central Africa and Head of the United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA), Mr. François Louncény Fall, and the United Nations country team, to support inclusive dialogue efforts to address the outstanding root causes of the tensions in the affected regions. 
The Deputy Secretary-General commended Cameroon for its generosity towards refugees from Central African Republic and Nigeria and conveyed that the United Nations looks forward to working with Cameroon, Nigeria and Chad to reintegrate those affected, especially women, youth and children.
The Deputy Secretary-General and Prof. Ghogomu also discussed the 2030 Agenda and the United Nations development system reform, as well as the situation in the Bakassi Peninsula and the fight against Boko Haram. 

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

ARTS AND PEOPLE – SHIRI ACHU Uses Her Painting to Build a Church House...Brandy Supports

God's House Needs a Roof
Cameroonian UK/USA based painter popularly known as Shiri Achu, would be using her original painting to mobilise resources in order to help build the Sunday School building for the Presbyterian  Church, Meforbe  in Santa, North West of Cameroon.

A release from her office indicates that there is to be an art exhibition of the paintings of the international artist from the 25th August to 8th of September 2017,

at the University of the West Indies, Regional Headquarters, Kingston, Jamaica. The event will run for two weeks with viewings from Monday - Saturday from 9am – 6:00pm.

The art exhibition dubbed, 38inPrint: Jamaica, has the campaign “RAISE THE ROOF,” running along with it, and would see the resources and finances generated from the raffle ticket sales of her original paintings, dedicated to the construction of the church edifice.

Side View of Church House
The worldwide eight weeks campaign will conclude on Friday the 8th of September. It would be streamed live so everyone who has bought raffle tickets,

can stream in to see if they are the lucky person who has won the original Shiri Achu art work – ‘Midnight Tradition,’ painted in 2009.

The painting is an acrylic on canvas painting, sized at 76cmX102cm and has been valued at $10,000 USD.

Shiri, Painting for God
Shiri said she is expecting more than 1,800 raffle tickets shall be purchased to enable her raise some $10, 000 needed to complete the roof of the Sunday school church hall/house Each ticket is sold at just $7.

The painting that is to be won; 'Midnight tradition,' is based on an outdoor traditional wedding in Nigeria, West Africa. The spotlight captured in this romantic painting is the wedding couple dancing lovingly by moonlight.

The painting was selected as a Finalist for the Clifton’s Art Prize 2012, in Adelaide/Australia. The painting also features on page 65 of the International contemporary Masters volume VII.

There will also be 3 runner-up winners, winning signed limited edition prints of ‘Midnight Tradition,’ and 4 more people winning a combination prize. All 8 “RAISE THE ROOF” winners will be selected at the closing of the event.

Church Appreciates but needs project completed.
The tickets can be directly purchased through the link https://rafflecreator.com/pages/10983/win-original-shiri-achu-art-@-37inprintaus  or by visiting her website  www.shiriachuart.com, where you will find a link to buy the raffle ticket. She and her team can also be contacted by email address;info@shiriachuart.com shiriachuart@ymail.com 

“In all my Inprint exhibitions, (35InPrint:London in April 2014, 36InPrint:WashingtonDC in  May 2016,  37InPrint:Australia  in July 2016) and now 38InPrint:Jamaica  from the 25th August through to 8th of September,

I wish that people will come to Shiri Achu InPrint exhibition ready to have fun, be educated, and knowing that they could potential win one of the prints exhibited,” she said.

Brandy and Shiri:  Together we build
She said she engaged her original painting in the raffle, because it is always worthy to give back to God. “I decided that I should try to raise some money for a great cause. 

I was informed about the need of a roof for the church and so I took it as a duty to see the project realized. Being an architect and loving the Lord, I feel extremely passionate about the campaign. It is my own way of giving back to God,” she explained. 

Shiri has received the award of ‘The best artist’ in Brent, London and has been fortunate to have exhibited in various exciting places/events/cities. 

These include, The Commonwealth Secretariat, The Houses of Parliament and The Olympic African Village. She has displayed her artistic prowess in cities including Lisbon, Barcelona, Douala, Chiang Mai, Douala, Washington DC, Australia to name a few.

Gift of Vase for Shiri's Works
She has also, recently been nominated as TOP 10 ARTIST by the renowned Art Critic, Lennox Campello for the show Artomatic 2016, in Washington DC, where thousands of artists come together to exhibit their works.

Grammy Award-winning singer and actress, Brandy, supports the “RAISE THE ROOF” campaign. 

Blick Bassy, Dave Moktoi, CNN presenter Tom Foreman and Cameroonian Sam Fan Thomas also gave their support and blessings to the initiative.