Thursday, 26 January 2017

Opinion: Consequences and Remedy of the Anglophone Crisis

In the wake of the recent Anglophone crisis – we are now faced with a people who have lost over 50% of their worth and now hang on a thread of hope stretching from the same government they feel marginalized by.

This recent and ongoing crisis has greatly handicapped the North West and South West regions of Cameroon in particular and Cameroon in general.

Imagine, living during this information age – in a country where over 80% of the population are youths – youths who have had a dependence on information and in particular – the internet – are forced to spend days without internet connectivity?

This is just the tip of the iceberg - the North West region in particular has and will experience an acute economic downturn for the following reasons:

  • Due to the uncertainties and irregularities of unpredictable events, many organizations, financials institutions, multinational NGO’s, private investors and entrepreneurs as well as individuals have already pulled out their investments and resources from this region which is not termed a volatile settlement.
  • Youths and students who attended schools in these regions will now face an uphill battle in meeting up with their peers from other regions who will have to compete for same jobs and same public exams.
  • Youths and members from these regions have now been tainted with a negative stereotype stemming from the misunderstanding that was evoked during the recent crisis. These stereotypes will form the basis of even further marginalization, as they will attempt integration in the public life.
  • Youths from these regions, especially the North West region, have now been induced with a mindset of survival through resistance – a bottom pit for hopelessness and key driver for vulnerability which further cements their adherence to pseudo-natural beliefs and the back door to religion.
  • Due to the recent happenings in these two regions, the government will further tighten opportunities and benefits that were intended for these regions. This may further widen the gap of marginalization especially with respect to the fact that the elites from these regions have made very little or no investments in these regions. We are now faced with a vulnerable population that will only further depend on the same government they mounted a resistance against.
The only remedy to the growing scenario will be the following:
  1. A civil association should be created to foster engagement and promote investments in these regions by its elites, well wishers and entrepreneurs with a common goal to absorb the growing youth population
  2. Youths in Cameroon should, for the first time, be involved in choosing their leader during the next presidential elections due for 2018.
  3. The proposed leader must be someone who is young and with an entrepreneurial mindset fortified with heightened understanding of common issues to feasibly navigate any diplomatic environments.
Where They Went Wrong – The Anglophone Crisis

Leadership entails three main components: vision, strategy and tactics. So therefore, every leading body must meet these three components to have an effective game plan for its intended purpose.

The recent and ongoing Anglophone crisis in Cameroon has been stultified greatly and now meets its demise due to several elements that could not be achieved by the leaders of the civil groups that became prominent.

1. The organizers and leaders of the civil groups did not put in place a contingency plan in the event of their absence – they had no organizational plan with core objectives and plan of action with respective timelines.

2. The organizers and leaders of the civil groups did not foresee the possibilities of the present outcomes. They failed on the core element of leadership – vision.

3. The organizers and leaders of the civil groups did not have realistic plans and goals. Their initial demands were very valid and realistic. With mounting pressure from public groups – they failed to maintain these demands and so failed to make gains on the negotiation table.

4. They were/are not negotiators – this was a core case that called for negotiations and not liberation. In negotiation, you learn to hold with one hand while requesting more with the other – they refused and walked out of offers made by the administration – a negotiator would have done otherwise.

5. The timing of the planned events was wrong: orchestrating a general school boycott in the middle of a school term and then into the New year was unethical. We have now ended up with more victims than victors – a major cause for concern.

6. The organizers and leaders of the civil groups were misinformed about their expectations and outcomes: misinformed in believing that the school year will be cancelled by UNESCO if the NW and SW did not meet certain number of school days. Today, as schools will resume soon, students of these regions will remain disadvantaged as they will have to compete with students from other regions who stayed in school throughout.

7. The organizers and leaders of the civil groups were misinformed about their assertions that the United Nations, African Union and other foreign bodies were to have an input in favor of the crisis.

8. The diaspora was misinformed about their expectations of staging a protest at foreign embassies. Today, despite the many protests across the globe, we have done more to wash our dirty linens in public.

9. The propagation of messages from so many unknown sources – unverified and non aligned with the common goals - most of which have formed the basis of the government’s rebuttal and ability to snatch victory in the face of defeat.

10. The lack of a coordinated effort among several vetted teams and valued individuals whose contribution would have better shaped the outcomes we now envisage.

11. Vision, strategy and tactics requires reasoning with little or no emotions. The government played by the book – the protesting people played by their emotions and expected the experienced government to be emotional towards their requests.

12. Staging a struggle that involved the public school teachers (most of them public employees) and lawyers (private stakeholders) was a call for concern. This is because while these public teachers earned salaries during their inactive months, the lawyers screeched through their savings, if any.

13. The leaders and organizers of the civil groups did not properly understand the historical context from which their claims were based on. We must agree that the history of this nation has been greatly distorted for the interest of the ruling regime. It was difficult using the same text that made them to win them on their playground – they have had more than 34years of experience, training and preparations for moments like this.

Written by The Great Anonymous.


  1. Signed by: Bandy Kiki, right?

  2. Enter your comment...You Have Spoken Truly And Intelligibly Simply Meaning Dat Anglophones Have Signed Their Death Warrants

  3. Fuck u bastard son of la Republic banana

  4. False. All you said is none sense. We are winning fatly. Which school is resuming. All certificate will not be recognized worldwide Cameroon not being an exception

  5. Kiki i have been behind u but now i see u are against the struggle. How can u give rigid impacts? Only the negativity of the struggle. R u angry most of ur followers are from the north west and your blog has been scanty?
    Please dont make ur self an enemy of ur people. Should i give u one positive outcome of this?
    There are many positivities but i choose not to share with you cuz of your fishy traits. Im dissapointed.

  6. Bandy Kiki, are you for real?

  7. The analysis is weak and unfounded without any support of facts. I understand that the writer whoever he or she may be is not in support of the struggle or the strike but this is intellectual escapism. We read about all the consequences that will befall especially the north West but we do not get to see any facts about this. Take for instance the simplistic notion that investments coming into the North West have dried up. What was the volume of investments coming into the North West before the strikes to begin with and what is it now? And to what sectors were those investments directed to? If the writer had a clue about the North West he would have known what it is. I wont waste my time telling him or her.

  8. All clap for her... weldone garri cannot sollo okro soup, oyehh... Truely truel u have losed the crowd that's why u are fighting back and calling only Bamenda, but well ur write up is good, but what I see there is pain and anger filled with anguish and frustration, believe me my dear we are winning the battle, u forgot of the billions the govt will lose on taxes this year because of the internet shut down, u also forgot of the fact that Magistrates, Beshops, Senators, Teachers Lawyers, Entrepreneurs,Drivers the lame, the blind, parents and their children aprove of this struggle, the course is Legitimate my dear, no wonder it took u a week just to edith and re-edit this nonsense fight back on the lost of followers. "If u can't beat them, Join them"

  9. This is the most inaccurate and misleading write up I have read throughout this struggle. If you don't have fact and the sense of hope,better don't write. If you don't like something, at least write some sense and truth.

  10. Misleading article. Nonesense

  11. You should be ashamed of yourself this girl... I am sure the money they bribed you with to copy and paste this nonsense will n is not able to last for 2 months... You are such a sell out... You did not write this ok.. That's nit your field you ate a journalist not analyst we expect news and results and outcome not you lamenting how we have failed... You just confirmed we are winning

  12. You just killed your career that was going to make you a billionaire.... It's was too early and easy for you to sell out like that

  13. B.S #TheStruggleContinues100%πŸ’ͺ

  14. Are you sure you are really Banso? If so, do some checks because I don't want to believe a banso person can be so dumb.

  15. Wanda's shall neva end wtf is dis who wrote dis shittt bout Mark n ivo!? It beta not b dis bandi Kiki gurlπŸ”ͺπŸ”¨πŸ”¨⚔️⚔️⚔️πŸ‘ΏπŸ‘ΏπŸ‘½πŸ‘½πŸ‘½

  16. I see sense in this write up . You all have become so emotional now and sincerely I personally used to support this issue when it all began cause their claims were very legitimate.Now everyone is saying something to finally say nothing.Lack of coordination , information from all sources finally who is leading who? Its true we all might not have been part of the problem but we all should be part of the solution. But we need proper leadership and an accurate vision .