Prof Banlilon Takes Over As New Registrar Of UBa

Professor Victor Banlilon Tani, Lecturer in International Relations, has officially taken office as the new Registrar of the University of Bamenda, UBa, replacing Galega Samgena Daiga.

The installation ceremony that took place on July 14, at the campus of the University of Bamenda, was presided over by the Vice Chancellor, VC, of UBa, Prof. Theresa Akenji.

Prof Banlilon in a handshake with the VC, Prof Akenji, after his installation as Registrar of UBa
Prof. Akenji and Prof. Banlilon in a handshake after the installation ceremony 

The newly installed Registrar, Prof. Banlilon, was previously serving as the Secretary General, SG, of the School of Transport and Logistics, under the same University.

In her installation speech, the Vice Chancellor of UBa, Prof. Theresa Akenji urged the 11 newly installed Deputy Vice Chancellors, Registrar, Dean and Directors, to harness social dialogue and peaceful coexistence in order to forge ahead with developmental goals aimed at taking the young University forward in fulfilling its goals.

“You should endeavour to be a good team player, while at the same time, galvanising your individual capabilities, skills and talents to foster the attainment of the set goals and objectives of the University of Bamenda.” The VC told the newly appointed.

She expressed gratitude to the President of the Republic for appointing seasoned officials to steer the University of Bamenda, in achieving its set goals and objectives.

While cautioning the newly installed to always make well informed and prompt decisions because they will affect their colleagues and students, Prof Akenji beseeched that, the officials should always act in consultation, collaboration and in coordination with competent authority.

The newly installed were also told to discharge their duty without fear of favour. “The challenge is to do better than your predecessors.” Prof Akenji said. She also praised that out of the 11 newly appointed officials, two are women. She noted that the number of women in UBa administration has increased.

Accompanying Prof. Banlilon at his installation ceremony, was a delegation from the University of Buea, and the Faculty of Social and Management Sciences where Prof. Banlilon had served as the Faculty Officer, as well as Head of Department for Political Science, while performing his duty as Lecturer in domain of International Relations.

Prof. Banlilon, dancing with family members and friends, as he is been received at his residence in Bamenda
Family and friends, welcoming Prof. Banlilon at home

The erstwhile Mayor of Buea, and now Senator, Charles Mbella Moki was also among the delegation from Buea that attended the ceremony to celebrate with Prof. Banlilon.

The Fon of Nso, HRH Sehm Mbinglo, also sent a delegation of Nso notables from the Palace, to express well wishes, and Palace blessings to the newly installed Kinsman.

A Delegation from the Amadou Bello University of Zaria in Nigeria, where Prof. Banlilon obtained his PhD degree and served as Assistant Lecturer before returning to Cameroon was also present to celebrate with their former student and colleague.

On behalf of the Family, Mr Emmanuel Tani expressed gratitude to well wishers who turned out massively for celebration, as he called on his newly appointed brother to do his work efficiently , while looking up to God.

Celebrating at home after installation
Prof. Banlilon dancing as family welcomes him

Amongst the newly appointed are, Prof. Emmanuel Suh Cheo, as Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Teaching, Professionalization and Development of information and Communication Technologies, Prof. Moise Agwara Ondoh Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Internal Control and Evaluation, amongst others as Deans and Directors.

Prof. Banlilon replaces Galega Samgena Daiga who is now serving as the Dean of the newly created Faculty of Law and Political Science.



CCREAD Cameroon Educate Young People on Sexual Reproductive Health, Abortion

The Centre for Community Regeneration and Development, CCREAD-Cameroon, on April 11 organised a discussion and education forum, comprising young people and their leaders, where they were lectured on sexual reproductive health, their rights, violence against women, as well as abortion.20170425_111221

Under the theme, “girls connected against unsafe abortion and sexual health/ violence” CCREAD in collaboration with Amplify Change, schooled the participants on abortion, when and where it can be permissible, its dangers, and why it should be discouraged. On sexual health, young people were educated on how to manage relationships, handle conflicts in relationships, as well as stigma.

The guest speaker on abortion, Samuel Manyi, cautioned the participants on its dangers, side effects and the legal retribution against those who commit of the act unlawfully. In explaining the various circumstances where the Cameroon penal code gives room for abortion, Mr Samuel warned that they are not in anyway encouraging the act, because a person can still chose not to abort a pregnancy even if the law permits her to do so. He brought the case of rape, citing that many women have gone ahead to have children which they got through rape.

He said the topic is very vital, given the rates of abortions been committed in contemporary times and people do not know how to go about it in relation to legal prescription.

The young people were also lectured on the prevention and elimination of sexual violence against women, by Grace Njoy, on the legal provisions and rights, Lynn Tim, as well as stigma and conflicts in relationships by Madam Eleanor.

On his part, the Director of CCREAD, Hilary Ewang Ngide, called on the young people and youth leaders to spread the knowledge they gained from the forum.

He said their primary objective is to relieve poverty within marginalised communities which is been done through vocational training and education of young people on how to better manage their lives and reduce chances of falling prey to societal ills.

He said their seminar was done in collaboration with Amplify Change, an organisation based in the United Kingdom, with whom they are running a project, “Girls connected against violence on women and against unsafe abortions”, together.

The Director intimated that in the days ahead, they will be organising two marches to move around the Molyko neighbourhood with targeted messages, during which thousand of leaflets will be distributed carrying messages on sexual and reproductive rights, and campaigns against unsafe abortions.

He said their goal will be educate young people on how to prevent unwanted pregnancies, thereby solving the problem of having so many teenage and single mothers around. He said they will as well be educating them against the use of road side clinics that that are responsible for most abortion related deaths.

He regretted that with the law prohibiting abortion, many quacks have popped up in hidden communities and with their lack of training in the medical field, their unprofessional acts often result to the deaths of those committing the abortion.

“We should start a debate to  see that if people have to do it, it should be recognised by  the law,  if not, they should stop doing it because it is resulting to so many deaths” He said, regretting that so many young people are dropping out of school because of unwanted pregnancies and those who don’t want to be stigmatised resorting to abortion. It was revealed that over 50000 women die every in the course of aborting.


All-Anglophone Journalists’Consortium Denounce Fake Communique Calling Off Strike Action

The Cameroon All Anglophone Journalists’ Consortium Tel: 675138091 Friday, January 06, 2017 ________________________________________________________________ PRESS RELEASE Mindful of the treacherous outing of two self-proclaimed journalists’ on January 5 calling off the ongoing strike by Lawyers and Teachers of Former West Cameroon, Aware that President Biya on December 31 said the issues raised by those striking are substantive, Mindful of the inalienable right to freedom of speech: We, members of The Cameroon All Anglophone Journalists’ Consortium dissociate ourselves from the utterances made by this “instrumentalised individuals” that pass for journalists; Challenge the said individuals to produce a list of their members. Insist that journalists did not call for any strike action and as such cannot call-off one; Urge government to desist from manipulating so-called journalists in an attempt to foil the ongoing strike, Enjoin government to engage in frank dialogue as prescribed by President Paul Biya. We hereby state our resolve to remain true to the values of the journalism profession to the best of our consciences. Done and signed in Buea this 06th Day of January, 2017. For the Consortium, John Mbah Akuro, Tarhyang Tabe, Bhudi Adams, Anne Munjong, Larry Essong, Tilarious Atia, Frankline Sone Bayern, Solomon Amabo, Aminde Blaise, Kum Leonard.
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The United States react to the current ongoing civil unrest in Cameroon — Exclusives on entertainment in one click

For a while now North West and South West Regions of Cameroon launched a peaceful strike to let the government know they weren’t happy about the way they the minority were being treated. The Law enforcement forces in the country who are suppose to be protecting the civilians took the streets of Bamenda

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University Of Buea Students On Strike

The student of the University of Buea have risen against their Vice Chancellor, Dr. Nalova Lyonga, accusing her of embezzling their share of the FCFA 50,000, presidential grant, and for imposing penalties on students to pay 10,000, for late course registration  as well FCFA 10,000 as late payment of school fees.


The strike started today November 28, 2016, when students assembled in front of the Central Administration building demanding that the VC should come and address their grievances.

Riot police, in full protective gear arrived, forming a barricade to shield students from getting access to the Central Administration building. This was followed by reinforcement with two military trucks packed with soldiers, who were booed and chased out of campus by students chanting “No Violence”.

The population of students protesting increased drastically and four more military truck, packed with riot police officers entered the campus, and started dispersing students, using tear gas, batons and warning gun shots.

The students had earlier been warned by their lecturers, who are on strike to stay at home, but the VC sent out a communiqué instructing students that their Continuous Assessment tests, C.A’s were beginning today November 28.

While on campus the students grouped and turned on the Vice Chancellor, demanding that their grievances be heard and solved. It was in response to the students’ peaceful protest, which was characterized by chants and showing of placards that the riot police was brought into campus to disperse the students, as they had refused listening to an envoy sent by the administration, to calm down the students.

The clashes between the police and students have resulted to so many students incurring wounds, beaten by police officers, as well as some incurred from tear gas canisters.

Student residential areas in Buea, has now been invaded by riot police officers, who are chasing and beating students, in a fear that they might regroup and return to the campus to continue with their protest.


Wounded Anglophone “Soul” To Go Back Home Alive

What you are witnessing here in the Southwest as well as in the Northwest Regions a couple of days ago is in simplistic terminology “the battle to redeem the Anglophone soul alive; at least alive not dead”. We have both the moral, professional and constitutional responsibilities to protect the common man, our colonial heritage and out people and society as lawyers

The issue that is germane here is to go back to our laws, for example, article 1(2) and (3) of the 1996 constitution as amended and if you crosscheck that law just cited, you will come to terms with the fact that there is no direct bearing between the reality on ground and constitutional guarantees so provided by the constitution, between the two parts of Cameroon, French Cameroon and English Cameroon as obtains in Canada.

Article 1(2) and (3) of the constitution states: “The republic of Cameroon shall be a decentralised unitary state, it shall be one and indivisible, secular, democratic and dedicated to social service. It shall recognise and protect traditional values that conform to the democratic principle, human rights and the law. It shall ensure the equality of all citizens before the law.

The official languages of the Republic of Cameroon shall be English and French, both languages having equal status. The state shall guarantee the promotion of bilingualism throughout the country. It shall endeavour to protect and promote national languages.”

But in spite of the illuminating and unambiguous provisions of the constitution supra, the tendency has always been to infiltrate the English system with the intention to eradicate, deface and di humanise its people so that they should not have any identity for posterity.

This is a legal fallacy emanating from a weird proceeding. Where ever that decision was reached to constantly suppress the English system or its people was taken, we as the bastion of justice, cannot take any longer. We may make no case against the tolerant past, but we must not allow the anomaly to become normal because it is considered normal by someone driven by his personal instincts and perceptions instead of the law as above cited.

Let me tell you that “The virus that killed the father some 50years ago infected the mother at the dawn of the new deal government and may kill the child too even before the so-called vision 2035, if care is not taken.

Dear friend, if you take a careful appraisal of other democracies around the world, you would inevitably arrive at the most rational conclusion, that ours is short of blood, the glory of God and direction.” Because in a functional democracy, you have the rule of law, respect of the human rights of the people, accountability of government, independent judiciary, press freedom etc. They are not only pencilled down like it is done in Cameroon, but they are truly practiced by the government and the people.

Jesus inaugurated the first example of abandoning 99 sheep to after the one that was lost. The Anglophone soul has been battered by decrees, laws, ordinances and repressive policies of the Biya regime, and the only thing left is thing left is nothing but a name. Even our pets like dogs, cats etc. are given names for the purpose of identification and you know that they occupy nothing in our lives.

The on-going restive action is non-violent, peaceful and legal. But as a 3rd world country we did not expect something much more new than the traditional repressive action from the security, even when their constitutional mandate is to protect the lives and property of the Cameroonian people.

As the bastion of justice, we cannot sit back and celebrate or jubilate over the threatened collapse of our colonial cultural heritages which are preserved in our constitution as cited above.

Finally, as a trained lawyer, if I can detect that the right of my client has been violated in ordinary course of business, are the terrestrial authorities saying that our professional move is not founded in good reason, law and facts? The struggle continues……..

Barrister Nicholas Ogbe Keme. Advocate of the Supreme Courts of Cameroon and Nigeria$ Phd Student, UB.

Lawyers Brawl With Police, Prison Guards At SW Magistrate Court


At the Southwest Magistrate court, some lawyers, policemen and prison guards clashed when lawyers started taking photographs of the chained activists as they trailed into the court room and sat down.Southern Cameroon Activist Marching From the Court To The State Counsel

Noticing the kind of “heroic attention” being received by the handcuffed activist, the police men and warders quickly retaliated as they exchanged harsh words with lawyers who were photographing the activists. A group of lawyers, quickly responded to police men, informing them that an order that can prevent people from taking photographs in court can only come from the judge when the court is in session, and not from guards, whose job, they say is to bring the accused before the court.

A wardress took the issue to another level when she stood in the way of a lawyer who was about to go out of the court room. The lawyer forced his way out as he pushed the lady aside with all his might. The intention or reason behind the wardress action was not known. As he finally made his way out of court, he turned to the lady and said, “Police of La Republique…….” and ended with the suspended statement but the look on his face finished the statement as he looked furious. The lawyer explained that he got annoyed because the lady spoke rudely to him in French.

Bystanders, who took sides with the lawyers, jeered at the warders and policemen. An onlooker shouted to the policemen, “This is an Anglophone court ehh…speak English”. But the message was far from reaching its intended receivers as they fumed in French. One lady who came all the way from Akwaya averred “If I be still get age I for go law school came show this people them something”.

The issue only came to an end when the presiding judge, Justice Beatrice Ntuba Bea, came in at the beginning of the court session and ordered that no one should take pictures or videos and that anyone who is caught photographing will forfeit his device.

After the very short court session, all smart phones were once more unleashed as lawyers, Southern Cameroon activists and everyone wanted to document each stage of the demonstration at court as Southern Cameroon activists prophesied doom to La Republique and branded placards with messages like “Southern Cameroonians are not Cameroonian.” “La Republique Du Cameroon occupation of Ambazonia is an illegality and threat to peace in the West and Central African Sub region”. “Get ready to take hostage all Southern Cameroonians (Ambazonians)” amongst other hundreds of messages on placards as well as others written on T-shirts carrying the Map of Southern Cameroons.

Anglophone Problem: 2 Million Signatures Needed To Grant Anglophones Independence From La Republic

The on-going struggle by SCNC activists coupled with the incarceration of 14 people duped SCNC activist, accused of holding an un-authorised meeting in a restaurant has led to leaders of the movement going to the UN to plead for Independence.

According to Mola Njo Litumbe, their journey to the UN is yielding fruits as they have been asked to provide ‘just’ 2 million signatures of Southern Cameroonians in support of the independence from La Republic, for the UN to dance to the music.

Mola Njohh recounted that when he went UN and narrated the issue at the UN as he has often done, he was asked whether it is because he has not been made a minister that he is complaining. “Everyone else in Cameroon is happy, we have no news” Mola Njoh said he was told.  “Do you want us to start killing ourselves before you come? I asked them Mola said. “That’s how the idea of a signature referendum came about.”

Mola said he was asked to provide just two million signatures of Southern Cameroonians and the rest will be done. “Locally we have started”. Mola said. “You don’t need to march or hold a meeting and be arrested. The pen is mightier than the sword. I wouldn’t tolerate you going to the bush to fight.” He averred.

At Buea court, after sitting through the court session on Thursday August 25, Mola Njoh said La Republic has tended to divide the people of Southern Cameroon’s in order to rule them. He showed pressmen the sheets on which signatures are to be collected as well as those already signed by die heart Ambazonians.

To Mola Njoh, He is part of the accused.  “I am part of those accused because I believe in the same principles as they do”. To him, the relationship between the two Cameroons is illegal because they has never been a legal union between the duo. “I have been saying all along that we never really joined La Republic….they just came to colonize us the night the British Army left at midnight on 30th of September 1961 and disregarded the fact that the UN had on 21st of April passed a resolution granting Southern Cameroon independence as from 1st of October 1961….and they added by joining”. Mola averred.

Zimbabweans stage a national protest against the government

Closed shops, banks and deserted streets were the scenes of Harare on Wednesday as Zimbabweans staged a national protest against the government.

Zimbabwe shortdown

Citizens in Zimbabwe largely stayed within their homes in a national “stay-away” day known as Shutdown Zimbabwe 2016.

Activists hoping to force the government to address the nation’s economic meltdown, called for citizens to stay away from work.

The Zimbabwe shutdown comes as teachers, doctors and nurses strike to protest their unpaid June salaries.

Zimbabwe’s economy collapsed in February 2009 and the currency became virtually worthless. Following collapse, the country adopted a multicurrency system which is dominated by the U.S. dollar.

Empty streets created a sense of unease On Wednesday as people stayed home because they feared that they might find it difficult walking back or get stranded t given that on Monday it turned violent.

Zimbabwe police revealed that about 50 people had been arrested in connection with the protests Wednesday.

There were reports of sporadic violence, with teargas and some looting in Harare on Monday. On Friday, a warehouse was burned down on Zimbabwe’s border with South Africa in protest of recent import restrictions on basic goods. Zimbabwe has once been a breadbasket of southern Africa, but now depends mainly on imports.

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