This book argues that since the emergence of the Cameroon National Union (CNU) and the one-party state in 1966, Cameroonians have progressively degenerated into the syndrome of collective amnesia inspired by a culture of sycophancy, glorifying and deifying political leadership. These developments stand in stark contrast to what obtained in the nascent Southern Cameroons – the UN Trust territory administered by Britain until 1961 when its population voted overwhelmingly by 70.5% to gain their independence by establishing a federation with the then French-speaking Republic of Cameroon. From the late 1950s until the dismantling of the Cameroon Federation, Southern Cameroons and later West Cameroon had a vibrant parliament, a House of Chiefs (or Senate), an independent Judiciary, an ideal, corruption-free Public Service, a state government with ministers presided over by an Executive Prime Minister and, for a decade, West Cameroon provided the Vice Presidency for the Federal Republic of Cameroon. In what may be accurately described as Prof Anthony Ndi’s seminal work, he contends and rightly so that solutions to the legion of problems that plague contemporary Cameroon may be easily found in the pages of The Golden Age of Southern Cameroons. Agents for this transformation do not have to be invented or imported from Mars; all we need is a patriotic spirit, political will, readiness to dialogue, transparency and commitment to democracy.
|Publisher:||African Books Collective Limited|
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Table of Contents
List of Figures xi List of Maps xi Acknowledgements xv Abbreviations and Acronyms xvii Foreword to the New Edition xxv Preface to the New Edition xxix Chapter One 1 Philosophical and Historical Concepts of the "Golden Age" Chapter Two 33 Legacies: Colonial, Christian and Indigenous Chapter Three 77 The Southern Cameroons: Character Chapter Four 123 The Emergence of a Genuine Democratic Culture Chapter Five 151 Decline of the FRC: Internal and External Factors Chapter Six 185 Violating the "Inviolable Federal Constitution" Chapter Seven 229 Ironic Outcome of Marginalisation: An Invincible Spirit Chapter Eight 261 The last Lines: Ahidjo-Biya Tussle Epilogue 279 Appendix I 291 Appendix II 297 Appendix III 299 Appendix IV 301 Appendix V 303 Interviews and Written Notes 311 Bibliography 315 Index 321