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From a Timid Performer To a Courageous Inspirer: Meet Tibi Chelsea

By Paul Njie

The tender sound from a piano played in the background, as a mellow voice engrossed the audience at the Buea Freemind Center. It’s November 5, 2020 and a spoken word poetry performance is on.

“I want the kind of sleep where I’d close my eyes and never open them again,” the performer began. That was Tibi Chelsea, a 21-year-old spoken word artist, creative writer, motivational speaker and debater from Cameroon. 

She was performing a piece about rape, at the inauguration of the center. Mid-way into her four-minute performance, viewers dashed for their phones, wanting to either film or snap the lady behind those words. 

It all summed up to one thing: impact! The kind that made the audience not to help, but clap resoundingly at the end of Tibi’s presentation.

Tibi Chelsea did not just become an award-winning debater and an admired spoken word artist, creative writer and motivational speaker overnight. It took her lots of months of practice, reading books, articles and learning from others.

Stage performances of Mac Alunge, a Cameroonian spoken word artist, and the works of acclaimed motivational speakers like Oprah Winfrey and Priscilla Shirer, inspire Tibi to give her best each time she is on stage.

She is marvelled by their work.

Even as Tibi is very much praised today, she started off as a shy young lady, afraid to speak before an audience. In fact, when she opted to address people from about 15 African countries for the first time in 2017, it was a frightening experience for her.

“It was really scary when I started this thing,” she said.

She took up the challenge, anyway. 

The more Tibi appeared on stage debating and performing spoken word poetry, the more courageous she became. She finally got rid of her stage fright. Well, not entirely, though!

“I can’t totally say that I am not afraid anymore, because whenever I want to go on stage, there is this little nervousness. But I believe it can be managed, because I’ve been managing it.”

Tibimotivates is touching lives

Upholding virtue, Tibi says, is the focus of her art. Sometimes when she reads her Bible and prays, ideas to motivate others would come up. Little wonder why she is out to “uphold virtue.”

“There are a whole lot of things that inspire me, but, first and foremost, God.”

“He’s my inspiration, because He’s the Father of all virtues. So, whenever I maybe study His word or come into His presence, I really feel this burden to share it out to others,” she told TWIF NEWS.

The 21-year-old produces contents with the hope that all those who come in contact with them are inspired. For this to happen, she does not seek for contents far-off. It only takes the little striking things happening in the society, for Tibi Chelsea to pen a powerful message, enough to encourage someone somewhere.

“Most often, throughout my presentations, I lament… I make sure that the kind of information that I’m delivering to people, I am seriously lamenting about the ills in society.”

But, it is far from ending at the level of lamentation. She also makes sure to “tell people about hope. There is hope in us changing; choosing to do good; choosing to be better… reminding people of their goodness, and telling them that we can be a lot better, if we choose to do what’s right.”

All this is conveyed under one brand ⸻Tibimotivates. It is gradually gaining grounds in different spaces around the country. That is the name most people recognise her work by.

A recent message on Tibimotivates’ Facebook page reads: “You’re someone’s answered prayer. Don’t hold yourself back from doing that good thing.”

With such messages, Tibi considers what she does as changing lives, and it means a lot to her, she says.

The ride hasn’t been easy, but she has support

Family and friends have always been there to support Tibi’s work.  They have encouraged her, and that has given her the zeal to keep doing what she does.

Ndzi Giyo has worked with Tibi for a long time now. They have both participated in, and organised debates and public speaking contests. His thoughts about Tibi Chelsea and her work are appealing.

“She remains humble, regardless of the heights which she has gotten, regardless of how well she’s known now ⸻ her popularity,” Ndzi intimated in an interview with TWIF NEWS.

“I must confess she is one of the most inspiring persons I’ve known. Not just because she is my friend, but simply because I admire the courage and determination that she puts forth,” said Ngalla Carine, a friend and debater who has worked with Tibi closely.

It has not been a totally smooth ride for the lady who is inspiring many. Sometimes, dealing with unserious persons who fail to show up for her training sessions could be annoying. Well, not only that. 

Being a postgraduate student warrants that she studies hard. But sometimes, inspiration to write the best motivational pieces only come when she is studying for school. This puts her in a tight spot. The point where she has to choose from binary options: school work or motivational content?

Also, Tibi says it is not easy to uphold virtues and live an exemplary life, but she has remained committed to these values. Her message to younger aspiring public speakers? They should always share their knowledge with everyone else.

Hope for the future

As Tibi takes delight in inspiring and motivating people, some of whom she barely knows, she fancies herself gaining national and international recognition in some years to come. A goal which could be achieved, if she maintains her character traits: good traits which her friend Ndzi Giyo believes will take her farther than people can imagine. 

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Cameroon Regional Elections: Legitimacy Questioned

By Njodzeka Danhatu

The legitimacy of Cameroon´s regional council elections has been questioned on grounds that they lacked contestation of political ideologies.

Cameroon on Sunday, December 6, organized the first ever regional council elections. 

The elections are coming against the backdrop of the crisis rocking the two English speaking regions.  

The atmosphere in these two regions, according to some media reports, was marred by gunshots. 

Separatists in these two regions had earlier declared a ban on any elections.

Despite the sounds of guns heard in some towns as reported by some online news platforms, Cameroon’s Interior Minister, Paul Atanga Nji said the voting atmosphere was serene and calm.

The elections convened by Cameroon’s President, Paul Biya, were boycotte d by some opposition political parties – Social Democratic Front and Cameroon Renaissance Movement.

Legitimacy in check

The manner in which the elections were conducted, especially in the Anglophone regions has left some people to question its legitimacy.

Ambe Kingley is a PhD law student in the University of Bamenda. He said the election does not give room for political plurality, given that Cameroon is a democratic state. According to Ambe, the mandate of the elected councillors is questionable. 

He argued that from the manifestos presented by the CPDM that ran unopposed in the Anglophone regions, it could be said that those who participated went in for their personal aggrandizement.

“In a true democracy, there is internal democracy where militants who represent a constituency are voted by political membership in that party from their primaries and that was not was seen.”

Ambe alleged that there were elites who either chose their family members, friends and at the end of the day, “we get the kind of leadership….input and the output that are not credible….That´s why you see that it may not be legitimate.”

TWIF NEWS, however, cannot confirm these claims.

Since it was a single horse race, it does not give room for competition, he stated.

The Law student said the elections were monopolized by the CPDM where no political ideologies were debated, leaving the people with no choice than to subject. “At the end of the day, you see that the legitimacy is questioned” he said.

He said the mandate of the municipal councillors who went and voted is questionable. “The eligibility to contest for an election is not the ability to lead properly.” This, he added is as a result of the manner in which the people were selected. 

Meanwhile, the Coordinator of the Anglophone General Conference, Elie Smith, said the legitimacy of the elections cannot be doubted. “It was legitimate. We are in a democracy.”

He intimated that political parties that boycotted it committed a monumental error. 

He went further to explain that if legitimacy was to be questioned, it should be based on the fact that credible legitimate political parties like the SDF did not participate. But, to Mr Elie Smith, SDF boycotted because of attacks on the party and threats to militants by separatist fighters.

Despite the boycott by the SDF party, some of its councillors in Bamenda and Douala defied party instructions, and voted for regional councilors in their various areas.

Though the Cameroon People’s Democratic Movement (CPDM) contested unopposed in the North West and South West regions, it was not the case in other regions of the country.

Some people hold that, the elections were the outcome of the Major National Dialogue, while others say it has just been delayed since it was in the constitution since 1996.

“It is a kind of devolution of power. If effective decentralization is implemented, it is going to mark the beginning of an end to violence” said Elie Smith.

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Music: “Be Proud” Remix Hailed as National Unifier

By Agborndip Priscilia, in Buea

When the original song “Be Proud,” by Lukong Dieudonné aka Witty Minstrel was released in June 2020, it was seen as a source of pride for the people of Nso. Now, the remix version of the song, many say, is drawing the entire nation even closer.

Following the release of the remix of the song, Cameroonians from all walks of life have expressed their opinion on what they feel about the collabo.

The remix of the Njang brand which featured musicians like Vernyuy Tina, Mr Leo, Awu, Gasha, Kameni, Magasco, has revealed how rich and diverse Cameroon is in terms of cultural heritage.

Many Cameroonians are of the opinion that, the remix of “Be Proud” is utterly important and neccesary for the growth of the country’s entertainment sector.

According to Dzelambong Dora, “the remix of ‘Be Proud’ is very important because it helps foster peace building, unity, and showcase our cultural diversity.”

She added that, “this music is a stepping stone to Cameroonians tolerating one another and living together, despite the cultural, social and political differences, considering that the artists in the music are of different tribes with diverse cultures.”

Meanwhile, Ndzi Giyo told TWIF NEWS that such collaborated pieces have an important role to play in the entertainment industry.

“The remix is of prime importance, as it helps give the artists a bigger fan base, and encourages unity among these celebrities in particular and the music industry as a whole. Nowadays, there is a lot of content. In order to target a larger audience, there is the necessity of such remixes.”

However, he warns that “Cameroonians should not go about remixing just any kind of song.”

Considering the release of “Be Proud” on Friday December 4, 2020, many lovers of Cameroonian music are pleased with this move. They are calling on all musicians to follow suit, calling it a step towards accommodating and tolerating everyone’s differences. To them, such moves can promote nation building and a happy coexistence void of stigmatisation and hate.

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Anglophone Crisis: Persons with Disabilities Need “Urgent Humanitarian Assistance”

Persons with disabilities clamoring for their right

By Kesah Princely, in Buea

The ongoing Anglophone armed conflict has exposed persons with disabilities to grave danger, and this group of people is now crying out for help.

Findings from the Coordination Units of Associations of Persons with Disabilities (CUAPWD) based in Bamenda and Buea, revealed that thousands of persons with disabilities have been living under horrific conditions, since 2016.

This, according to CUAPWD, is owing to the Anglophone crisis which has been raging for four years now.

Government has been faulted

Through radio, TV and social media campaigns, disability leaders indicted the government for abandoning them, as they observed the 29th edition of World Disability Day on December 03, 2020.

The President of the Hope Social Union for the Visually Impaired (HSUVI), told TWIF NEWS that the crisis has brought untold suffering on his peers.

“Persons with Disabilities who were breadwinners in their families have now been reduced to beggars. Urgent humanitarian assistance is needed to address the worsening situation,” Ngong Peter Tonain sadly revealed.

Insecurity, lack of accommodation, hunger and limited access to medical care have been identified as some of the most challenging factors these category of persons are faced with.

Humanitarian assistance is urgently needed

President Ngong Peter, himself a person with visual impairment, and other disability leaders, used the International Day of Persons with Disabilities to plead with Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs) and individuals of goodwill to fill the lacuna brought about by the ongoing conflict in Anglophone Cameroon.

Statistics from CUAPWD show that thousands of persons with disabilities have been displaced and hundreds others killed by belligerent actors.

Persons with Disabilities have prayed that the war be brought to an end, so that they could go about their daily activities with relative ease.

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Persons with Visual Impairment Press for Respect for White Cane on Highways

By Kesah Princely and Ngome Michael, in Buea.

Persons with visual impairment in the North West and South West regions have called on road users to respect the White Cane, and consider them as fellow active road users.

They decried the fact that some road users have remained ignorant of the significance of the White Cane — a mobility aid — thereby sidelining persons with visual impairment as active road users.

This was on Thursday October 15, commemorated as the International White Cane Day.

In separate but simultaneous activities in the two English speaking regions, associations of persons with visual impairment took to the streets unravelling the mystery behind the White Cane.

Speaking to TWIF News in Buea this Thursday, the President of the Coordinating Unit of Associations of Persons with Disabilities (CUAPWD) South West, Agbor Valarie Orock, intimated that visual impairment is not contagious.

Meanwhile, Mr. Agbor Valerie also said that “CUAPWD schooled road users on the need to respect the various signs of the White Cane.”

The disability leader added that it was about time taxi drivers understood that persons with visual impairment needed to be given some respect on the highway.

This, Mr. Agbor said, would help these persons to enjoy a high degree of freedom, independence and confidence in their day- to-day life.

A similar message was echoed in Bamenda by the President of the Hope Social Union for the Visually Impaired (HSUVI). Ngong Peter Tonain called on the government to fast track disability mainstreaming through the construction of inclusive road networks.

He equally entreated his peers with visual impairment to make efficient use of the white Canes in order to mitigate the number of accidents on Cameroonian highways.

Meantime, several persons received mobility canes in Anglophone Cameroon. Through these canes, it is believed awareness among road users will be heightened.

“The Cane is a weapon that could be very harmful if used wrongly,” noted Shuh Patrick, a Buea-based disability advocate.

“But if you make the best out of it, you will achieve very positive results,” he added.

As the International White Cane Day for 2020 becomes history, it is hoped that road stakeholders develop a positive mind towards disability inclusion.

The pains brought about by the ongoing Anglophone crisis according to many a person with visual impairment, should not be added by the non-respect of the white Cane.

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“If we don’t die of stray bullets, we will surely be killed by hunger, neglect”

By Kesah Princely, in Buea.

The Co-ordinator General of the Co-ordinating Unit of Associations of Persons with Disabilities (CUAPWD) North West Region, says the crisis in Anglophone Cameroon has made life unbearable for persons with disabilities.

During a recent media outing, Samuel Nincho revealed that the secessionist armed conflict has affected people with disability educationally, economically, as well as politically.

Education-wise, persons with disabilities face enormous challenges.

“We are suffering from discrimination, limited infrastructure and poverty, which make it difficult for children with disability to achieve quality education,” Nincho said.

The Anglophone crisis and COVID-19, he added, have only exacerbated the situation.

The disability mainstreaming crusader — a person with visual impairment himself — says CUAPWD has documented the experiences of some persons with disabilities in the North West region.

He intimated that only 43 of 157 students with disabilities in the North West currently have access to education, owing to insecurity.

Economically, Mr. Nincho said over 250 thousand persons with varrying disabilities have been hit by the devastating conflict.

“If we do not die of stray bulets, we will surely be killed by hunger, neglect or lack of access to medical care,” he lamented.

Most persons with disabilities who were economic operators before the Ambazonian struggle for independence began, are now finding life difficult.

“They have been compelled to spend their trading capitals in order to stay alive,” Mr Nincho revealed.

The advocate said he feared many of his peers might have perished in most of the villages and houses razed by actors in the conflict.

Samuel Nincho says he has been trapped in crossfire between government forces and Ambazonian fighters in Bamenda several times.

“I have resigned to fate many times because I do not know whether to run to the left or right due to gunshots,” he recounted.

He outlined that it was his wish for the crisis to be resolved, so that persons with disabilities could resume their activities normally.

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WHO Empowers Persons with Disabilities in NW, SW

By Kesah Princely in Buea.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has carried out a giant project, to mitigate the effects of the ongoing armed conflict on persons with disabilities in the affected North West and South West regions.

Officially donating materials to support disability meanstreaming recently, WHO’s Field Coordinator for the South West region, Dr. Aliyou Moustapha revealed that empowering persons with disabilities is a top priority for his organisation.

The project which has been ongoing for over six months according to the health expert, was aimed at providing health emergency humanitarian assistance to vulnerable populations in Anglophone Cameroon.

Speaking to TWIF NEWS after the event, the WHO Field Coordinator for the South West intimated that disability meanstreaming should not just be said in words, but matched by action. This, to him, could be done by arming persons with disabilities with skills to better fight for their rights.

“We think persons with disabilities are no longer at the receiving end. That is why WHO is empowering them to do their own things and not depend on people,” Dr Aliyou said.

While handing over office equipment including laptops, chairs, tables, a printer and other assistive devices to the Coordinating Unit of Associations of Persons with Disabilities (CUAPWD), South West region, Dr Aliyou Moustapha entreated authorities of CUAPWD to use the materials judiciously.

CUAPWD’s Executive President, Valerie Agbor appreciated the gesture, stressing that his office needs more collaboration with other local and international bodies, inorder to effectively champion the cause of disability meanstreaming in Cameroon.

“No one can carry out advocacy better than we persons with disabilities ourselves,” the leader with visual impairment added.

Also present at the event was UN OCHA’s Coordinator for the North West and South West, James Nunan.

He said persons with disabilities were among the most affected victims of the ongoing war in Anglophone Cameroon.

The UN official called on actors of the conflict to respect international humanitarian law so as to mitigate the effects of the crisis on vulnerable populations.

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TWIF NEWS’ Communication Director Gets CHYMALL Award

By Njodzeka Danhatu

Kesah Princely, a social entrepreneur who doubles as TWIF NEWS’ Communication Director, has received an outstanding leader award from CHY Group Ltd.

This was during a business convention held in Douala recently, to recognise excellence in outstanding leaders.

It was organised by the Dorey and Edymond Service Centres based in Douala and Buea respectively.

Kesah Princely was distinguished for his relentless effort in fostering collaboration and team building in the industry.

He has been an investor in Sairui for barely five months. 

“This award is not so much a surprise because I have put in a lot of work,” Kesah said.

 “I still intend to do quite much at the company,” he added.

The disability advocate cum Sairui coach said he was happy that persons with disabilities were being honoured.

“…I can only tell those who are my followers and mentees to stand with me, the company and together we will fight poverty in Africa.” 

The goal, he said, is to empower youth and develop the mindset that Africans need to push the continent to another level. 

“I am sure this is only the beginning,” he hoped.

“I am quite certain that as we continue to push on with entrepreneurial activities, awards like this are bound.” 

CHY GROUP LTD is a conglomerate of two giant e-commerce companies from Malasia and China (Sairui & CHY). It specialises in the production of QUANTUM Energy Health and Fashion Products. The company operates an EFFICIENT AND UNIQUE QUANTUM INOVATION TECHNIC in the marketing of its tangible products. It is known as “THE NEW RETAIL,” where consumers shop and become business owners of the company.

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Mainstreaming Disability In Cameroon: UB Records First Exarminer With Visual Impairment

Lecturers, student pose for a picture after the thesis examination.

By Kesah Princely and Ngome Michael, in Buea

Dr Nyugap Charly has become the first ever lecturer with visual impairment to examine an academic thesis in the University of Buea (UB).

Tuesday September 15 remains a historic day as the young doctor served as an examiner in two Master’s degree theses, defended at the boardroom of the Faculty of Education.

TWIF News took interest in one of the topics which focused on the “Effects of explicit teaching on the reading skills of pupils with dyslexia”.

During the process of cross examination, Dr. Nyugap Charly in the presence of the Chair and Supervisor of the thesis, showed mastery of the entire piece all though he was not served a copy in braille (writing for persons with visual impairment).

For over 30 minutes, participants were marvelled at the high sense of professionalism exhibited by the academic with visual impairment.

In exclusive interview with TWIF News after Tuesday’s intellectual exercise, the Doctor of Philosophy in Special Education revealed that the defense thesis was a stepping stone towards enhancing disability mainstreaming in Cameroon.

“This exercise is important because we are talking about ability in disability and there is no correlation between visual impairment and mental capability,” he said.

“Given that this is happening for the first time in the University, society should be blamed if persons with visual impairment are excluded from mainstream activities and not us,” he added.

Dr. Nyugap who defended his PhD about two years ago opined that the thesis he examined will play a pivotal role in knowledge acquisition, stressing that learning disability is an area that has largely been neglected in the country.

Meantime, Winifred Lenna Bakoh who defended the master’s degree piece in Special Educational intimated that her examiner was the best, and that the questions posed to her were quite intriguing.

“I am very elated that Dr. Nyugap examined me because he is a seasoned lecturer and his disability has nothing to do with his skills. Disability is not at all inability because he is very up to the task,” she asserted.

The examination of the two theses in the University of Buea by Dr. Nyugap Charly comes at a time when disability inclusion in Cameroon is being questioned by human rights and disability advocates.

Some crusaders, themselves persons with disabilities like Dr Nyugap believe that no effective advocacy can take place if those being advocated for are not allowed to champion the course.

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Cameroon Anglophone Crisis: Buea PWDs Receive Aid From INTERSOS

By Kesah Princely, Regis Che and Ngome Michael in Buea.

Persons with disabilities ( PWDs) in Anglophone Cameroon have persistently been affected by an ongoing armed conflict between Ambazonian fighters and the country’s regular defense forces.

Human rights groups have revealed that persons with disabilities in the crisis hit North West and South West regions are in dier need of humanitarian assistance. For this reason, some international and local organisations have begun reaching out to this group of persons.

The International SOS, INTERSOS, a UN humanitarian body that provides aid in times of crises, recently supported PWDs in Fako division.

Over 10 beneficiaries including persons with mobility and visual impairments were handed crutches and white canes.

The gesture, carried out in collaboration with the Coordination Unit of Associations of Persons with Disabilities (CUAPWDs), served as a fertile ground for the two organisations to the cement their relationship. The event took place at CUAPWDs’s premises in Buea.

Speaking to TWIF News after the event, INTERSOS’ Field Monitor Team Leader for Fako division, Orock Clintin revealed that they targeted the PDWs because of the challenges they face owing to the Anglophone crisis.

“We work in the North West and South West regions, indentifying and providing aid to extreme vulnerable cases, including persons with disabilities,” he revealed.

The Protection Officer of CUAPWDs North West, told TWIF News weeks back that several PWDs in Anglophone Cameroon had lost their sources of livelihood, thousands displaced, hundreds injured and over 60 killed.
As an organisation striving to restitute hope in the affected persons, INTERSOS mainly covers protection, which encompasses needs identification and tracking of human rights abuses under the umbrella of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

“This assistance is due to the assessment carried out that we realised PWDs were in need,” Orock Clintin added.

The beneficiaries appreciated the gesture but stressed that it would have been better to properly assess their needs prior to the buying and provision of such aid.

“I am happy to have this crutch but it would only be helpful if I had calipers,” a beneficiary said.

The INTERSOS team however promised that the issue would be looked into subsequently.

Meantime, the said project to assist PWDs in Fako was sponsored by STICHING VLUCHTELING, a Dutch based organisation partnering with INTERSOS.

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Anglophone Teachers Detest Persecution Of Education Stakeholders

By Kesah Princely and Ngome Michael in Buea.

Education has been one of the most affected sectors in Cameroon, since the outset of the ongoing Anglophone secessionist conflict in 2016.

It is against this backdrop that five Anglophone teachers’ trade unions, in a recent communiqué, jointly expressed disdain over the persecution of students and teachers, by belligerents of the deadly armed conflict.

The leaders of CATU, CEWOTU, PEATTU, BATTUC and TAC condemned what they termed as horrible afflictions, manifested through wanton kidnappings, torture, callous killings and decapitation.

“We cannot continue to stay mute in the face of these heinous acts. We therefore join our voices to those of all persons of decent breeding to condemn all acts that undermine basic rights and human dignity,” the release read in part.

The trade unionists, frustrated at the dire situation in Anglophone Cameroon, called on the warring factions to give peace a chance, stressing that education is the springboard for any form of development.

“School boycott as a grievance-expressing measure cannot go on ad infinitum,” they further stated.

Anglophone separatist fighters had imposed a boycott on schools in the NorthWest and South West regions. They have since 2017, continued to target students and teachers who have defied the ban.

These separatists have kidnapped, tortured and asked for ransom for the release of some of their victims still pursuing education.

During a Bamenda convention on August 28, the teachers’ representatives regretted the fact that 311 students and 164 teachers were either attacked, kidnapped or tortured in the last two academic years.

Meantime, they frowned that 2 students and 64 teachers died in the same time frame.

They however failed to mention those involved in these acts, but the actions are akin to those of Anglophone separatists.

The teachers also called on the military to exercise restraint in their actions. Many have accused Cameroonian troops of violence against the civilian population.

In 2016, Anglophone teachers, in a sit-in strike called on the government to promote technical education, withdraw francophone teachers from Anglophone schools and for a return to a two-state federal system as a cine qua non to preserve the Anglophone educational heritage.

The teachers are now calling on the warring actors to allow schools to resume, so they can assess the implementation of some measures taken to address the worries raised four years ago.

Reacting on the grounding of schools across Anglophone Cameroon, Ambazonian activist, Mark Bareta, stated on social media recently that they were not against school resumption.

“The Southern Cameroons liberation struggle is not about school boycott anymore. That phase of the resistance is over. Southern Cameroonians are not against children going to school,” he said.

It is left to be seen if an enabling environment would be created for students to effectively return to school during the 2020/2021 academic following four years of deadlock.

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PhD Thesis: Dr. Nyenti Calls For Professionalisation of Curriculum

Defense in session

By Kesah Princely and Ngome Michael, In Buea.

One of the main problems plaguing higher education in Cameroon has been identified by the newest doctor of philosophy (PhD) in the University of Buea(UB), to be the lack of Professionalisation in the quality of training.

This was the focus of a PhD thesis defended in Educational Administration by Nyenty Stephen Atem, Friday September 4 2020, at UB’s Faculty of Education Conference Room.

In an exclusive interview granted to TWIF NEWS shortly after Friday’s defence, Dr. Stephen Atem revealed that researching on the ” Professionalisation of higher education and graduate employability in Cameroon” was a dream come true owing to the difficulties encountered by university gradutes in the country.

“I have observed that many young gradutes spend time writing government competitive exams instead of delving to work in their fields of study as a result of poor quality training,” he frowned.

The young academic intimated that factors such as poor infrastructure, lack of human resources, as well as the absence of a qualitative curriculum are some of the major obstacles which have impeded the success of university gradutes in Cameroon.

“If higher education programmes are well designed and the curriculum tailored to suit the demands of gradutes in the job market, they will be self employed and less dependent on government,” Dr. Atem highlighted.

Supervised by Professors Nnane Peter Ebontane and Bessong Joseph Bessong, the researcher entreated aurthorities of the University of Buea and other higher institutes of learning to ensure that employers of different walks of life are consulted prior to designing academic programmes.

“Students should as well be guided to undergo quality internship Programmes,” he added.

Dr. Nyenty Stephen Atem is one of three doctors of philosophy to have defended their theses in UB’s Department of Educational Administration in the past one week.

The defense team urged Dr. Nyenty to be assiduous and resourceful in moulding up future job creators and not seekers as identified in his thesis.

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Barça Fans Protest, Say Messi Should Stay

By Munyam Rapheal, In Abu Dhabi

Thousands of Barcelona FC fans have trooped into Camp Nou, to protest against Messi’s decision to leave Barcelona.

The unprecedented action called for Police attention and intervention. Security forces came in to defuse the tension and put the situation under control.

To many, the 33 year-old is not only an icon, but a symbol of Barcelona’s professionalism, after spending close to 2 decades with the team.

Messi’s decision to quit Barcelona stemmed from the team’s humilating defeat against Bayern Munich, during the Champions League competition.

Meanwhile, Manchester United and Manchester City have already shown great interest in signing the talented left-footed player.

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COVID-19 In Buea: Persons with Visual Impairment Receive Aid

By Kesah Princely & Regis Che In Buea

As the world continues the fight against the Coronavirus, organisations and associations of persons with disabilities (PWDs) in Cameroon are not left behind.

One of such bodies is the Centre for the Rehabilitation of Youth with Visual Impairment in Cameroon, known by its French acronym as CJARC. The organisation carried out a massive donation of anti-COVID-19 kits to over 30 persons with visual impairment in Buea, South West of the country.

The symbolic ceremony which took place at the premises of the Coordinating Unit of Associations of Persons with Disabilities, (CUAPWDs) on Tuesday August 25, was a moment for leaders of the two organisations to cement their relationship.

Beneficiaries recieved items ranging from mobility canes, face masks, hand sanitizers as well as food stuff, such as rice, groundnut oil and canned sardine.

Speaking to TWIF NEWS after the event, CJARC’s CEO and Director General, Coco Bertain, himself a person with visual impairment (PVI), said, it is one of his organisation’s objectives to cater for persons with disabilities in times of crises, like the global COVID-19 pandemic.

The leader revealed that the Buea gesture was necessary, given that his institution was unable to host many persons with visual impairment in Yaounde, on the International Day of the White Cane, observed every October 15.

“It is a tradition that we receive Persons with Visual Impairment in Yaounde every year. But due to the COVID-19, we decided to move to the regions as a means to avoid contracting the Coronavirus,” he said.

“That is why we are moving from Buea to Douala, and then to Baffoussam for the same exercise,” he added.

While appreciating the unity amongst persons with visual impairment in Buea, he urged them to also unite in the fight against the deadly Coronavirus pandemic.

At the close of the event, CUAPWD’s president, Agbor Valarie Orock expressed gratitude and entreated the beneficiaries to use the items judiciously.

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Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) receiving gifts to combat Covid-19
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Uncle P’s Yearly Motivations: From S1E1 – S1E10

Episode 1

One of the main reasons why we all go to church & can’t agree on common things is because we don’t go there with same focus (JESUS).

False teachers, Prophets, very soon, TRUTH will chase you out of business. It’s just a matter of time because CHRIST is not for liars.

Episode 2

Please, don’t allow some of these fake Prophets to keep deceiving u that every time things are not going well, it’s because of the bad things u have done, or because u are not sowing seed or because this & that person has done this & that. The truth is, sometimes:

-God allows u to be sick or have wounds because He is a healer.

-He allows u to be hurt because He is a comforter.

-He allows u to be weak because He is ur strength.

-He allows u to be poor because His kingdom is embedded with riches.

-He allows u to lose because He is ur restorer. How then will God demonstrate His power if there are no challenges in life?

Episode 3

False teachers, Prophets, very soon, TRUTH will chase you out of business. It’s just a matter of time.

Today is your most IMPORTANT GIFT.  With it, you have the chance to correct yesterday’s mistakes & prepare tomorrow’s stakes. Don’t waste the chance.

Episode 4

“Success will never lower its standards to accommodate you. You have to raise your standards to achieve it. God provides food for every bird but not in its nest. Rise up to the challenges ahead of you and conquer your fears” – Nelson Mandela

Episode 5           

Train your mind to see the good in people. Stop digging stuff And stressing yourself. You are better/bigger than that. A positive mind will always do the trick for you.

Episode 6

Life is a circle of good times, bad times and challenging times. If you are in good times start preparing for the bad and challenging times. If you’re in bad or challenging times, keep moving forward, because that period will surely come to pass.

Episode 7

Sometimes u need to hit those challenges and the plans u made that can’t be accomplished. At that point of failure, defeat, discouragement, I bet u that u will have an idea on how to make it better. The secret is that u Don’t Give up.

Episode 8

DECLARE THIS MY FRIEND & STEP OUT OF THAT PAIN IN U: I’m too strong to be  depressed by anger, malice, financial loss, broken relationships, my current position in life, etc. Those depressing stuff belong to my dustbin, not my heart. I totally refuse to let that negative energy of yesterday, of even the last few minutes to have any consequential power over me. If I let those things decide my mood, that would mean hating myself & I love myself too much. So far, I’ve not seen their benefits except nerve problems, gastritis, high BP, etc. So, why would I keep trash in me, instead of throw into a dustbin? My heart is my home, only good things will dwell therein. Away with all the negativity & pain, Amen!

Episode 9

I am convinced that the most expensive think to afford is #TRUST  It may take years to earn but just seconds to lose. Be always positive as to build lasting trust.

Episode 10

One day at a time- this is enough. Do not look back and grieve over the past for it is gone; and do not be troubled about the future for it has not yet come. Live in the present and make it so beautiful that it will be worth remembering. For my Bible says: “He who puts his hand on the plough and keeps looking behind is not fit for the Kingdom of God”.

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Anglophone Crisis: Aid Workers Decry Disregard for International Humanitarian Law

By Kesah Princely & Regis Che, Reporting from Kumba

Some aid workers in Cameroon say belligerents in the Anglophone armed conflict have continued to show utter disregard for International Humanitarian Law.

They decried the behavior recently in Kumba, during this year’s commemoration of the World Humanitarian Day.

The commemorative event on August 19, brought together different organisations such as the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), Coordinating Unit of Associations for Persons with Disabilities (CUAPWDs), Authentic Memorial Empowerment Foundation (AMEF), CARITAS, among others.

International Humanitarian Law protects people who are not engaged in hostilities, during armed conflicts. Such persons must not be targeted nor victimized.

However, in Anglophone Cameroon, there are growing concerns as to what some have qualified as neglect for the laws guiding warfare.

Participants, during the event in Kumba, shared their experiences.

Some recounted how they were abducted and tortured several times, others said they had sometimes been forced to give items that were meant for vulnerable persons.

In some cases, the experiences have been even more severe. Speaking to the press, OCHA’s National Humanitarian Affairs Officer, Divine Arrey Etta regretted the fact that about 5 aid workers have been killed as a result of ongoing hostilities in the North West and South West regions of Cameroon.

He equally revealed that UNOCHA and its partners have been doing a lot of coordination work to ensure aid is evenly served to the affected populations.

“We do not have enough resources to reach out to everyone because their needs are quite enormous,” Arrey intimated. 

“That is why we are obliged to do targeted, and not blanket assistance,” he added.

The plight of persons with disabilities (PWDs) was also discussed at the World Humanitarian Day event in Kumba.

Speaking on behalf of the Coordinating Unit of Associations of Persons with Disabilities (CUAPWD)-South West, the organisation’s Projects Coordinator revealed that the ongoing armed conflict has left lamentable effects on persons with disabilities.

Agbor Ayuk Jr. emphasized the need for the inclusion of persons with disabilities in humanitarian projects — from conception, execution, to evaluation.

“Many organisations have often imagined the needs of persons with disabilities instead of consulting them to assess their needs,” he decried.

Meantime, the commemoration of World Humanitarian Day was also an opportunity for UNOCHA to school aid workers on the need to respect international humanitarian principles such as impartiality, neutrality and independence.

The day closed with a loud outcry for the belligerents in the Anglophone crisis to respect International Humanitarian Law, applicable in times of  armed conflicts. 

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COVID-19: NGOs In SW Schooled on Community Response

By Paul Njie, In Buea

Leaders of some Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) in the South West region have been drilled on how to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic at the community level.

This was during a training session on Tuesday August 18, organised by Reach Out, a local NGO aimed at empowering communities, especially in the domains of health, education, among others.

During the training, Reach Out taught about 15 leaders of local NGOs in the South West, different techniques of strengthening community resilience against COVID-19.

These leaders were urged to go back and teach members of their various organisations what they learnt at the training session, so that there would be a broad fight against the global pandemic.

Participants at the session say they were greatly empowered.

“It gave us a lot of insight on how we can carry out activities or projects in the communities without infecting others,” says Echochu Stephen, Director of the Center for Peace and Sustainable Development in Africa (CEPSDA).

“I think the training is a booster to my response as far as COVID-19 and the community are concerned,” Echochu added.

He promised to also train members of his organisation on COVID-19 response, so that they can do better in the community when going out for projects.

At a time when the Coronavirus cases keep increasing in the country, Reach Out is influential in giving aid to persons tested positive for the virus.

They provide Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as well as cash transfers to people who have tested positive.

Many hope to see COVID-19 defeated in Cameroon, especially at the community level.

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EPL Clubs Fail To Impress In European Club Competitions

By Ngome Michael, In Buea

Celebrated as the most watched football league in the world the English Premier League has been unsuccessful this time around in continental club football.

Backing home last season two of Europe’s most respected trophies, English sides have presented a shadow of themselves this year.

2019 UEFA Champions League winners, Liverpool were unable to make it to the quarterfinals, falling at to home Spanish giants Atlético Madrid. Chelsea, champions of the Europa League in 2019, were unable to put up any impressive show against Bayern Munich, leading to their defeat.

Ending the league as runners up, Manchester City’s display of form made football lovers to see them as potential winners of the prestigious Champions League title.

This was however not the case as the Pep Guardiola side that eliminated Real Madrid was served a shocking 3-1 defeat by Olympic Lyonnaise in Lisbon.

Just like their Etihad neighbours, Manchester United with the likes of Marcus Rashford, Antony Martial and Bruno Fernandes could not make it past the Semifinals of the Europa League, ending their 23 goals tally against Sevilla.

Meantime, the Semifinals of the Champions League will pit PSG against the young RasenBallsport Leipzig and Olympic Lyonnaise will share spoils with Bayern Munich.

Inter Milan after thrashing Shakhtar Donetsk 5-0, will on Friday face Sevilla in this year’s Europa League finals.

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Lionel Messi To Leave Barcelona?

By Munyam Rapheal, In Abu Dhabi

Football sensation, Lionel Messi, has reportedly opted to part ways with his Spanish club, FC Barcelona this summer.

This follows the Spanish football giant’s disastrous and humiliating defeat by Bayern München which ousted them from the Champions League.

Messi’s contract is due to end in 2021, but it seems his mind is set to leave now rather than later.

The Catalan giants were kicked out of the quarterfinal stage of the Champions League competition in Lisbon, as they were hammered 8 goals against 2.

The humiliating defeat of Barcelona has raised eyebrows, as many question Messi’s abilities, saying he failed to influence the game positively.

Meanwhile, as the team isolates itself in frustration, reports say Manchester City believe that they are best placed to sign the Argentina star.

“This would be the perfect week to put a bid in for the 33-year-old Argentinian and I could easily see him playing in Manchester – at either United or City,” football pundit, Graeme Souness predicted.

Fans and football lovers are keen to see what Merci’s future might look like in another club, if he eventually pulls through with his plans to quit Barça.

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President Trump’s Brother, Robert Trump Dies At 71

By Munyam Rapheal, in Abu Dhabi

The younger brother of the President of the United States, Robert Trump, has died at the age of 71.

The American business tycoon known for profoundness in real estate development died on Saturday after being hospitalized at a hospital in New York City.

On Friday, he was visited at the hospital by his brother Donald Trump, after White House officials revealed he was severely ill. The cause of the death still remains undetermined.

“It is with heavy heart I share that my wonderful brother, Robert, peacefully passed away tonight,” President Donald Trump said in a statement.

“He was not just my brother, he was my best friend. He will be greatly missed, but we will meet again. His memory will live on in my heart forever. Robert, I love you. Rest in peace.”

Tributes have also been pouring in from other people.

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Chymall Boss Outlines Lucrative Business Opportunities Ahead Of “Life-Changing” Buea Convention

By Kesah Princely & Regis Che, In Buea

A new business retail model dubbed Chymall is fast gaining grounds, not only in over 50 countries across the globe, but also in Cameroon where many persons sign up daily to savour the juicy fallouts of the traditional E-commerce company. 

With over 50.000 partners in Cameroon, the coordinator of one of the major service centers in the country, Buea-based Edymond Office has announced a “ground breaking” sensitization and capacity building seminar for Sunday August 23, at Saint Claire Hotel.

TWIF NEWS’ Kesah Princely and Regis Che, leaders at Chymall, both hooked up with the Coordinator of Edymond Service Center in his office at Mile 17-Buea.

In an exclusive interview with the reporters recently, Kencho Desmond intimated that the Buea Convention would be a moment of interaction with potential members whom he stressed would have enormous opportunities in the company.

“We [the Buea management] intend to bring people from different walks of life to get them acquainted with the advantages of the new retail model where they will partake in the sharing of the company’s profit,” he revealed.

The Service Head expressly stated that the reliability and advantages of the Shopping Mall are so glaring that no one would like to be left behind.

“Chymall is a duly registered company with established structures, which enable you make profit within the timeframe of 10-12 days,” the dynamic youth leader added.

The company has amongst other advantages, the possibility of withdrawing trading capital, and income generation does not depend solely on the referral of people to the business.

Created on March 27, 2019, with the brand Sairui Shopping Mall, headquartered in Accra Ghana, the fast growing multi-billion world E-commerce giant in June 2020, became a conglomerate and was renamed Chymall.

All routes would be leading to the venue of the historic Chymall seminar slated for Sunday August 23, 2020 in Buea, chief capital of Cameroon’s South West region.

Contact: 674667038/676146578 if you want to either be part of the sensitization capacity building seminar or if you want to be given detailed information about Chymall for registration.

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What Pundits Say About Biya’s 3-decade Promise To 1990 World Cup Lions

By Kesah Princely and Ngome Michael, in Buea.

Barely a week after the demise of Captain Stephen Tataw, the man who led Cameroon’s National Team to a historic quarter final World Cup finish in 1990, the Head of State has now taken a move to accomplish a promise made three decades ago.

When the Italia90 captain, Stephen Tataw died recently, the Cameroonian government came under heavy criticism for neglecting the hero and his teammates who brought glory to Cameroon in particular and Africa in general.

Football pundits blame the Biya regime for neglecting the 1990 Lions for the past 30 years, despite their display of patriotism.

Some analysts, among them, veteran sports journalist and seasoned administrator, Njomo Kelvin, told the media that the legendary team leader deserved better than an “unhonourable neglect of a true hero, great footballer and administrator who represented his nation with pride.”

The 57 year-old took ill over five months ago, but was completely neglected by a government which had made a promise to better the lives of the 1990 footsoldiers who led Cameroon to a historic competition at the world’s biggest soccer jamboree that year.

Cameroon’s President, Paul Biya who had then been in office for eight years, promised his government was going to offer a house each, for the players who took part in the 1990 football bonanza.

Three decades after the presidential promise, the 38 year-old regime now feels it is the right moment to  recognise the contribution of this set of veteran football stars.

The government has entreated the General Manager of Real Estate Cooperation, to hand over the keys of some modern houses to the generation of players who took part in the Italia90 World Cup.

It is worth mentioning that some key actors who accompanied Cameroon to glory at the competition would not enjoy the comfort of their own houses, because  they died before the president could fulfill his decades-long promise. They include: Captain Stephen Tataw, Benjamin Massing and Louis Paul Mfede.

However, their families are reportedly hoping to benefit from the gesture.

Meantime, the Country’s Football Roving Ambassador, Albert Roger Milla, has described government’s move to fulfill its 1990 promise as a true recognition of talent.

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Cameroonian Sex Workers Lure Blind Men Into Sex

By Kesah Princely, in Buea

Over the years, most Cameroonians have been of the view that persons with disabilities have very little or no quest for sex.

Society often marginalizes such persons, tagging them  ‘talented beggars’ who have little or no sexual intercourse skills.

Contrary to such a  degrading stand point, I witnessed where some sex workers enticed two Persons with Visual Impairment (PVI) into making love in a small town in the South Region of Cameroon; around its frontiers with Gabon.

I choose to publish this story not because I am a journalist with visual impairment, but to communicate to the world that blindness does not reduce one’s sexual adroitness.

You may rather be flabbergasted to find out from the sex party of that fateful Thursday December 15, 2016 that, the prowess of such beings could only be likened to that of a man who is given ” Fufu corn  and Khati-khati” — a popular local  Cameroonian dish — after a 15-day long fast.

That night, I heard one of the commercial sex ladies telling the two gentlemen with visual impairment that “Sweet Fuck na only 2K,” roughly  translated as “just FCFA 2000 and you will have a  sweet time.”

Her collegue who was irked by the fact that the potential costumers were people with visual challenges, couldn’t hide her feelings.

“They are blind people!” She shouted ignorantly.

The advertiser, as if she had spent an unforgettable love encounter with a blind man, asked her maid to shut up, “na their penis them blind? You need for taste’am, and you go confirm.” By this, she implied; “go to bed with them and you will confirm that their sex organs aren’t blind.”

I know you are very keen  to know what response the elegantly looking gentlemen provided following the spat that ensued between the ladies that very cold Thursday evening.

The two persons with visual impairment, Ryan and Pride (not their real names) would not take long to approach the  almost naked beautiful girls. Don’t ask how I knew the ladies were well packaged.

Like a goalkeeper set for a penalty, Ryan told his comrade that it was needless to miss such an opportunity that availed itself, that tempting evening.

The commercial sex workers watched with admiration the way the soft spoken gentlemen charged towards them like athletes training ahead of the famous Mount Cameroon Race of Hope, organised annually.

“Add  FCFA 5000 to this money and we can party all night,” Pride told Ryan as he compressed some bank notes into his palms.

What I’m yet to tell you is that, a group of men who had come to hire some of the ladies now became spectators, as the two “special clients” negotiated with the two ladies who had picked up a quarrel on the lovemaking stamina of their two potential clients.

In a rather relaxed and confident move, Ryan disclosed to the call girls who had seemingly forgotten about their “usual costumers” that, “we will be needing you for the night, and not just for minutes.”

Guess what?

The earlier uninterested worker completely forgot that they had to settle on the night’s fee.

She gripped the two men as they headed across the busy street.

On-lookers found it hard to believe the miracle that had just occurred.

As a journalist with visual impairment, I told my colleagues with whom I was on the said evening, that we should pass the night in a nearby hotel, so that we could book an interview with the PVI cum ‘heroes’ — a title they earned from their sinew — and the commercial sex workers the next day.

My colleagues did not however buy my thought.

I retired home at least satisfied, because nearly 20 persons had been sensitized on disability mainstreaming and inclusion, an art that leaves much to be desired in Cameroon.

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Come Visit Me At Home: Why Buea Ladies Fear This Statement

By Njodzeka Danhatu

Kat: Is there any chance you left that (watch) at my place on purpose? 

Cody: No.

Kat: Okay, because this is just sex!

Cody: Yes, I know. So, just sex?

Kat: Yes.

Cody: Any sex? Come here.

That is the discussion between Kat Edison and Cody in an American series, The Bold Type.

Kat is wondering whether Cody left his watch at her place on purpose because all that she wants is sex with no feelings attached.

I don’t know how ladies in other places think, but I am certain that here in Buea, capital of Cameroon’s South West Region, when a guy invites a lady over at his place, all the lady thinks is: “he wants to have sex with me”. 

Certainly, she might not be too far from the truth, because some men cannot be trusted. However, it might not be the same in all visiting cases.

Have you ever invited a girl to your place and she ended not showing up on the D-day advancing flimsy excuses why she couldn’t make it? That is because she is scared that you will have sex with her.

Have you ever invited her for a date in a public place and she shows up before time? That’s because she knows that you cannot sex her in public. 

Recently, I interviewed some ladies in Buea to know from them why they are always scared when visiting guys – especially those that are still trying to court them. They were unanimous in one thing – sex. They said when they’re going to see a guy, they know anything can happen.

“When a guy invites me to his place, I will make sure that I prepare myself for any eventuality. Anything can happen” a lady who opted for anonymity told me.

“Anything like what?” I questioned.

“Sex of course,” she said.

“Have you ever been a victim?” I asked.

She told me that several guys had invited her over to their places and whenever she is going, she would make sure she puts on her jean trouser because the guys also have agendas when making such visiting requests.

“There is this guy in Bamenda who invited me to his place. When I got there, he asked me to sit. When I sat, he again asked me to come and sit by his side,” the lady recounted.

That was when she knew there was something suspicious. She said she began to feel uncomfortable.

The guy kept asking how she was doing. 

To the lady, this guy was looking for means to lure her to bed.

“When I was about leaving, he started asking: won’t you kiss me? You’re leaving so soon?”

These things are very common among men, I’m no exception. Most often, they hide behind love, meanwhile, all they want is to smash and pass.

A lady recently posted on Twitter encouraging guys to always make their objectives clear rather than pretending to love someone when they’re not sincere. 

This Twitter-lady advanced her point that mature guys shouldn’t be cunning. 

To her, if as a guy you want sex from her, just say it directly.

Just imagine that I see a mature lady and tell her “Hey! lady, I’m Dan. I want to smash you, are you in or out?”

The objectives are clear, if she says she’s out, then I will go my way and life continues.

Some guys argued that it would be intimidating, dehumanizing and rude, as a consequence, ladies would automatically reject you.

But for me, I find it interesting, because it will be awful to cajole someone when you know very well that all you want is sex and no feelings attached. 

How would you feel when someone breaks your heart because she has got all she wanted from you?

I have played that guerrilla tactics of hit and hide with ladies for quite some time and guess what, it’s no strategy!

We should learn to always go straight to the point.

“What I find disgusting is when a guy meets you for the first time and starts telling you that he loves you and wants to sleep with you like it’s a one-night stand kind of thing,” a lady told me lately. 

Some ladies prefer a guy who says he wants sex than one who beats around the bush in the name of love. “Most often, they’re lust but would not say it,” she said.

“On one Sunday, I decided to visit this guy in Molyko, who has been on my neck to go out with him. At his residence, he wanted to have sex with me. I refused and he persisted, I told him I was going to shout or call his neighbours. That was when he could let me go” another lady revealed to me in an interview.

Of the ladies who talked to me, there is one who believes that letting a guy have sex with her depends on the state of the relationship too. 

To her, things just at times, get out of hands considering the fact that feelings are very difficult to control.

Her views were corroborated by these guys who said during such visits, things happen spontaneously, and they suddenly find themselves already in action.

Decided not to be named when I interviewed him, this young man said in most cases, guys always have as intentions to sleep with the lady when they call her for visit. 

“What tactics do you apply to pull a lady into having sex with you?” I inquired.

He said, when they visit, they don’t want to sit on the bed. At one time, he makes sure that there is no chair in the room.

“When you get closer to them, make sure you’re talking while touching and adoring their jewellery,” he strategically revealed.

I had once asked a guy what part to touch a lady in order to arouse her feeling toward sex. His answer was not precise.

“Ladies have their different soft spots,” he gisted.

He said it could either be on their breasts, lips, laps, necks, stomach, ears, or so, depending on the individual. 

Another guy told me of recent that some girls’ soft spots are when their guys buy for them Apple Phones.

Images have recently been circulating on the social media in which a guy would put FCFA 5000 under a condom, snap it and send to a girl to enquire whether she is coming or not.

They are communicating with action, in that, if a lady finally shows up to collect the FCFA 5000, the condom will hook her.

Ladies, such things are traps.

The guys have been arguing that they are tired of sending money for transport and ladies end up not coming.

This is very terrible because it is rampant among slay queens.

I have heard ladies telling their friends how they are going to chop guys – squander their monies.

In as much as we may blame guys for always wanting to sleep with ladies when they invite them for the first time, we should also blame ladies for always trying to trick guys in the name of love as well.

How do you explain the fact that a lady’s phone contains guys’ contacts as: gas; transport; human hair; school fees; drinks; house rent; dresses… and you name the rest.

Those are names of guys according to the things they supply to her.

Among the tricks guys use, here’s the one I found interesting.

Before I started living alone, I used to live with a friend. When a girl was to visit me, we would agree that once she enters, he should just give an excuse to do something and exit. It was the same case when it came to his turn.

Ladies, you must have noticed that when you visit a guy and he is with friends, they would start leaving one at a time. It does not happen by chance, such things are being planned before you come. If it was not planned, the person she came to see would just text his friends to leave.

At a moment, the guy she is visiting would ensure that entertainment devices which the lady could spend time with are made dysfunctional. Those are tactics.

“Has a girl ever turned you down?” I asked one of my interviewees.

“Yes, in several cases. They would always say they did not expect that from you. They do argue that you shouldn’t sleep with them especially on the first day of visiting” he said.

My friend told me one day that, a lady would be saying that she has a boyfriend and immediately, you sleep with her, you automatically become the boyfriend. “How comes?” that is the question I would answer some other time.

Ladies, your guys should also hustle and become financially independent so that, like Kat Edison in The Bold Type, you could as well have sex with a guy only for pleasure and no love emotions attached.

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UB: International Relations, Conflict Resolution Students Express Solidarity In Friendly Encounter

By Kesah Princely in Buea.

Master’s degree students of International Relations and Conflict Resolution in the University of Buea (UB), have affirmed their identity as one people in an electrifying local friendly football match.

The students of both programmes which constitute one of the newest departments in UB, on Saturday July 18, thrilled spectators with an absolutely exceptional football encounter.

For 90 minutes, International Relations students battled against their counterparts of Conflict Resolution, in what could be termed a clash of great titans.

Indeed it was a meeting of Lions, that generated fireworks. The game culminated in a 2-2 draw.

One of the players of International Relations, Ayuk Clovis, described the match as a new beginning for the department steered by Professor Nsoh Christopher.

Saturday’s game provided a platform for students of the two post- graduate programmes to map out a new foundation on unity, love and togetherness. They solidified the togetherness by converging on a nearby restaurant to dine and wine with one another.

During the said merriment, the need for disability friendliness among students of the two programmes was brought to the fore by one of the participants who stressed that “inclusion should be one of the pillars of the newly found union.”

At the end of the festivity, the academic enthusiasts unanimously agreed that yet a more intriguing and mouthwatering solidarity match will precede an end of year gala slated for August 2020.

Meantime, some students told TWIF NEWS on the sidelines of the convention, that the August gathering will spark more flames if the father of the Department of International Relations and Conflict Resolution, Professor Nsoh Christopher Ndikum, is conspicuously present to lead his flock to pasture.

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Cameroonian Journalists Turn Virgin-Honey Sellers

By Njodzeka Danhatu

One might have thought they should have been in newsrooms, disseminating news. Instead, these journalists, for now, are in the streets, hawking natural honey which they have tagged “Virgin-honey.” Virgin because the honey hasn’t been tampered with, as is common with most honey vendors.

Despite being apt with journalism skills and Bachelor´s degrees, they believe that there´s no formula to survive in life. They would have also loved to have white-collar jobs, but the hardship in the country and lack of employment opportunities has pushed them to sell honey instead.

The idea to hawk honey from the start might not have been a good one, but they are beginning to like it, as the business is seemingly booming.

The media men are in Buea, headquarters of Cameroon’s South West region. They are known by their honey consumers as “Che-honey” and “Prince-honey.”

This hardworking team imports its honey from Mayo-Banyo, a Division in the Adamawa region of Cameroon.

Many of their customers have testified that the virgin honey, sold by these pressmen is comparable to none in the town.

Getting the news of their fine quality honey, I decided to go see for myself. I met them one Thursday evening at their hostel at Untarred Malingo, a locality bordering the University of Buea.

They showed me honey already packaged in containers, with prices ranging from FCFA 1000 and above, and they said they do not only retail, but as well do wholesale trade.

The duo brother chandlers revealed they hope to expand the business they have named “Wanfor-honey” beyond the regional and national borders of Cameroon for two reasons – the joy of providing qualitative natural honey to mankind and the desire to survive genuinely in precarious times.

They were prepared and ready to go to the quarters to sell, so, I decided to join them. I wanted to experience how they do market their honey; but, of course, I wouldn’t leave their residence without getting a taste of their product.

”Che-honey” offered me a container which I sipped from.

“Wow, very sweet honey,” I appreciated after tasting.

Immediately we stepped out of the hostel, they started marketing.

Wherever we passed in the quarters, they tried to convince any potential buyer they saw.  Their marketing skills were awesome; I have never seen such a strategy before.

“Virgin honey for sale; quality honey for sale; you fit drinkam with tea; givam for pikin dem, ei bi good for your skin,” “Che-honey” and “Prince-honey” shouted in pidgin, with heavy voices, when the met potential buyers.

After about 15 minutes of walking, we met a woman. She was focused on where she was heading to, but the honey sellers´ marketing messages made her to stop.

“Hello madam, quality honey, virgin honey for sale. Do you need one? Di honey be natural, ei cam na from the Adamawa region. Tastam, you go confirm,” the journalist cum vendors told the woman.

The messages convinced her to buy without even tasting. I was marvelled.

“Madam, you fit save my number for your phone and call me when you want some, because good thing no di hide,” “Prince-honey” told her.

Stirring at him with admiration, she removed her phone from her purse and punched +237 674667038, which Prince dictated.

“You fit save the number as Prince-honey” he said, just as an astute trader would do, to keep his customers.

We walked past the University of Buea to another locality called Dirty South. There, they sold many bottles of honey.

To get a personal experience of how they sold, I took a five-litre container filled with honey, alongside some small containers to hawk.

“Virgin honey is here for sale. It’s very affordable,” I shouted whenever I saw people. It was so interesting to sell, as we walked visiting shops and people’s homes.

Those who bought, majority of who were women, were very satisfied with the honey’s quality.

In less than two hours, we had sold almost all bottles taken from home.

Now, if you’ve been keen enough to notice, there’s one thing I did not mention ꟷ– their real names.

The duo go by the name of Wanka’a Regis Che and Kesah Princely Nfotoh.

They both graduated with Bachelor’s degrees in Journalism and Mass Communication, and are now Master’s students in the Department of International Relations and Conflict Resolution. Kesah Princely, a journalist cum student with visual impairment, told me that life was hard and they had to sell honey to survive in Buea. They do this after school, selling honey in market places, streets and homes.

 Both of them are very proud of what they’re doing. They are doing this business hoping that time will come, when they will have to return to the newsroom, to do that one craft which they master best ꟷ journalism.

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I Was Denied My Cameroonian Nationality Despite Glaring Evidence

By Njodzeka Danhatu

“Tu es Nigérian?” A lady asked me whether I was a Nigerian in early 2016 because I spoke English. The funniest thing to me was that she asked in Cameroon’s capital, Yaounde.  

According to the preamble of the Constitution of the Republic of Cameroon, the first article, sub (3) states: “The official languages of the Republic of Cameroon shall be English and French, both languages having the same status. The State shall guarantee the promotion of bilingualism throughout the country. It shall endeavour to protect and promote national languages”.

I didn’t want to argue with the lady, I decided to ask her why she tagged me Nigerian and her answer was that I spoke English, unlike other customers who spoke French.

I was stunned because the lady in question was a cashier in a financial institution holding a photocopy of my National Identity Card which I submitted as a prerequisite to withdraw money. My nationality is well spelt out in my ID Card.

Despite that, my birth certificate shows that I’m Njodzeka Danhatu Kernyuy and I was born in Nkum-kov Health Centre in Mbohghem – a neighbouring Village to mine, in Bui Division, Cameroon’s North West Region.

The lady’s question is just one too many I received while studying Philosophy in the University of Yaounde 1.

I thought that such questions in Yaounde about me being a Nigerian were because they thought that Cameroon started and ended in Yaounde. But, I was wrong.

I received the same astonishment when I came to Buea to continue my education.

At Campaign Street where I was living and schooling in UB, a vendor in a shop asked me whether I was a Nigerian.

“Why do you ask?” I questioned.

“You talk like a Nigerian,” he responded.

That was when I began to realise that, it wasn’t about my English, but my accent. Perhaps, that´s why the people in Yaounde kept questioning me about my nationality.

“I’m from Banso,” I told the man.

“But you don’t talk like people from there,” he disagreed.

He only believed me after I showed him my ID Card. It was thanks to a woman who also came to buy that emphasized to him that the name “Njodzeka” is from Nso land.

The same thing happened to me in 2017 when I travelled to Douala for my first internship at a local radio station. During the evening newscast which I was the producer of, the nationality issue popped up again from nowhere.

I had done a report depicting the challenges business people were going through due to a government-imposed shutdown of the Cameroon-Nigeria border, owing to the Anglophone crisis.

“You sounded in that report like a Yoruba man,” the technician on board told me, when my report had just finished.

This time, I was not surprised because I was already used to people misplacing my identity.  

When the first semester for the 2017-2018 academic year had started, my fellow students started giving me the same stigma I was avoiding.

This time, when I spoke English, they told me that I don’t talk like an Anglophone and many kept asking whether I was a Francophone.

Even now, I´m confused as to whether I´m an Anglophone, Francophone, Nigerian or American.

A student I tutored during her internship at The Post Newspaper where I am a reporter, told me after her training that she thought I was an American because of the way I talk. Let it be clear, I´m yet to cross Cameroon´s national borders.

She´s not the only one.

During my first semester exams for the 2019-2020 academic year, a fellow master’s degree student asked whether I was an American.

“Hi ma’am,” I had greeted her as we were waiting for the exam papers.

“Hi,” she greeted back.

“Are you an American?” She asked, after four lines of talking with her.

I didn’t wanna defend myself again. I smiled and told her that we were gonna talk about my nationality after the session.

Her question reminded me of my first year in the Department Journalism and Mass Communication, when our lecturer during practical for JMC 220 at Chariot Radio, spent his time correcting me how to pronounce the word “news”.

“It’s news, (njuːz) not noose (nuːs),” he corrected.

Till today, pronouncing certain words is still a challenge which I’m fighting hard to overcome.

But why would people judge me because of the way I talk? As a result of this, I started tracing the issue back to its roots.

The stigmatisation pushed me to phone my parents back in the village, to ascertain my true identity.

It was very challenging questioning my mum about my birth, but I did, using my journalistic interviewing skills.

“Hello mum,” I greeted over the phone.

After inquiring about my siblings and others back at home, I stormed her with questions, though I had to prepare her mind.

“Mum,” I said.

“I want to ask you something children hardly ask their parents.”

We both laughed and I fired my question regarding my true identity.

She told me that I was conceived in Banyo, a town in Mayo-Banyo, a division in Cameroon’s Adamawa region. She was there with my Dad, and left for the village in Nso – Bui Division, when I was a two-month-old foetus.

So, when people keep stigmatising me, I feel bad. It’s like I’m begging to belong, which obviously shouldn´t be the case. I AM A BORN CAMEROONIAN!

When I speak even pidgin, the local language spoken widely in Buea, it still will become an issue. My friend, Namondo has said in several instances that it does not suit me. I like her courage, unlike those who would instead laugh at me when I am pronouncing words like “Jokes,” “Mumu” and so on.

In early 2018, one night, I decided to take a walk from Campaign Street – Great Soppo – to Sandpit, all localities in Buea. There, I embraced a girl whom my eyes deceived me into thinking was my friend. I was embarrassed when she turned and was a different person.

I was depressed and on my way back, I saw a fine-looking girl heading to Bakweri Town. Her morphology was awesome. The lady was walking majestically. I decided to have fun and forget what had happened with the previous girl I supposed was my friend.

While approaching her, I remember Tekno’s song – Diana. I started dancing that style Tekno danced to woo Diana. As I swivelled myself and passed in front of her, she stopped.

“Hey!” I greeted.

She didn’t say anything but stared at me like I was some idiot.

“Forgive my manners, I am Dan,” I apologised, as she started making a move again without paying any attention to me.

I continued the “Teckno-dance,” while trying to recite some love poems to her.

She again stopped.

“Are you a Francophone?” she questioned.

I was demoralised, and that is how I cut my journey short and returned home, filled with resentment.  

This misinterpretation has left me wondering whether I am actually a Cameroonian.

A classmate recently said I was speaking Russian, when I was answering a question in class in English.

I am really convinced that a day is coming when people will not judge or stigmatise people who are facing this problem I am going through.  

That is why I have people around me, especially my best friend who is always making sure that I get things right. Despite my lack of self-esteem, Paul Njie always believes in me, that I can do it irrespective of what people say about my pronunciation.

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What Men in Buea Think About Women Without Bras

By Njodzeka Danhatu

It’s no longer a secret that some women these days do go about their daily activities without wearing bras. This phenomenon is very common among millennial women. Studies have shown that women choose to go braless due to discomfort, health-related issues and for social reasons. This last reason – social, is what some men in Buea, capital of Cameroon’s Southwest region, are yet to understand.

Why some ladies give reasons relating to the discomfort and health-related issues, this is what some men in the town of Buea think:

They think that women who walk in public without wearing bras are prostitutes.

Recently, I was in Molyko – a vibrant community, dominated mostly by students, because of the University of Buea. The kinds of things I heard, only God knows.

“Have you seen that girl?” a taxi driver showed a young and bouncing lady standing on the roadside, to his passenger.

She was about 22 years old, I guess.

“Look at her breasts, they are very fresh, strong and pointing” the driver added.

While the passengers in the cab turned to look at the lady, I was not an exception. Her breasts, I must admit, were the centre of attraction to all of us in the car. All the passengers commented except me, since I was merely a curious listener. The lady wore a very tight-fitting gown that revealed all her curves. She was utterly attractive, I must say.

While I was angry that the traffic between Malingo and Checkpoint would not allow me to reach the office on time, the passengers and driver seemed not bothered because they had seen a wonderful creation of God.

“Her dressing is an advert that she has something to sell,” said passenger one, seated in the back.

“That one ehh, you don’t need to ask for sex again, because her dressing says it all” the second passenger complemented.

“These kinds of girls will never allow any man to suck these nipples; they are scared of them fading out,” we turned and looked at the driver as he released those words from his mouth.

“I wonder what they do to have such kinds of breasts!” the driver added

“Those are the kinds of things that do make some of us not to concentrate at work,” he said, and I burst into laughter, remembering how some great men have fallen from power because of women.

As the car was standing, other vehicles were horning from behind, signalling that the road was clear for us to go. But, our taxi driver and some passengers were not seemingly noticing because of the attention that was paid towards the lady standing by the roadside.

What we witnessed is not only common in Molyko but in Buea as a whole.

I once attended a pool party event which was aimed at sensitizing young people about the dangers of HIV and AIDS. Women of all shapes and sizes were in the swimming pool.

But when it was time for a fashion parade, a well-shaped lady, about 1.80 metres tall, weighing about 40 pounds, made a guy to collapse.

The lady in question among others, approached the judges from a distance, walked majestically and then stopped suddenly when she was at a two-metre distance from the judges. She moved her butt to the left, then back to a balanced position, and finally, twerked to the right. She did the same exercise twice.

“Wow, that girl is something else, see those boobs,” a guy shouted from the crowd.

While filming, his hands were shaking.

“I can’t control myself,” I heard him add. His voice was heavy but his tone began to decrease slowly.

Before the pretty damsel could walk past us with her string pant, beautiful black skin and a well-structured body, the guy had collapsed.

Back to our issue of women and bras, why are some of them comfortable without bras in public?

To the New York City career coach, Judith Gerberg, going braless in the workplace is increasingly common among younger women. “Millennial women are much more self-confident than women used to be. Being seen in public while not wearing a bra is becoming more acceptable, encouraging more women to go without.” He said.

Now, most women who do this say they are fighting against gender inequalities in society.

According to a story on Wikipedia, women do complain that the requirement to wear a bra is an unequal treatment, given that boys are not required to cover their breasts or nipples.

To be candid, I don’t know how ladies feel when they see men shirtless, compared to when men see women braless.

In Cameroon, many cases of rape have occurred but one cannot independently say whether this kind of dressing, like the one my fellow men in the taxi were enjoying, contributes to it.

I am not saying that women should wear bra always, but I am rather encouraging them to always think twice about their way of dressing.

Just imagine that my fellow men in the taxi rather saw that girl alone at night in an isolated place, where no one else was around. Do you think they would let her go?

Going braless is common in Buea. I can’t count the times I have felt uncomfortable in public gatherings, just because I have seen a woman with indecent dressing. I like fashion, please, don’t get me wrong.

For me, instead of moving around without a bra because you want to show that you’ve got fine breasts that are still kicking, why not wear a dress that can cover them properly, and stop being a negative subject of discussion among men?

When they see you braless, all that comes to their mind is to have sex with you and nothing else. Indecency is even a crime in Cameroon.

Ladies, please, at home when you are alone, you can even undress completely and feel free, but not in public places. Remember, the Bible says our bodies are the temple of the Lord.

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Village And City Relationships: The Experience Of A Young Lover

By Njodzeka Danhatu

Growing up in Takov, a village Nkum Subdivision, Bui Division, Northwest Cameroon, I was told that if I had sex at a really young age, my mind was never going to be stable. Unlike in cities where parents would have lessons with their children about sex education, it was taboo in my Muslim-dominated Takov to say something about sex and sexuality. I am Dan. I grew up to the age of 17 without hugging a girl; talk less of kissing or having sex. Dating among children in my community was forbidden, though there was no written constitution. I understood religion was the bedrock of that.

When I was in Form Four, I had my first love. Right now, I can’t explain whether it was lust or true love that came to me naturally.

My mum had sent me to go fetch water. This was at night. That was when I met Riat. While at the tap, enjoying the beautiful moonlight, a figure approached my direction to fetch water as well. I just greeted, hi, and she responded same. The tap was running slowly, so we had to wait for quite a considerable length of time. It was a big challenge to woo a lady in my Lamnso dialect, but I tried anyway, since English was boring for us. In my community, if you spoke English then, people would regard as making “show show.” To avoid this intimidation, we would rather stick to the language we understood best – Lamnso.

Riat and I were a little far apart from each other. To breach this distance, we decided to lean on both ends of the tap while facing each other.  That moment was the highest temptation of my life. She wore a tight-fitting grown that revealed her breasts quite conspicuously. I was lost in confusion when we were talking because, while my ears were listening to every word she uttered, my eyes were in their own corner, viewing her shiny boobs. I’m not going to lie, I loved the view. Her eyes; her lips; her boobs; everything was awesome!  The biggest challenge was how I was going to start a conversation that could make her understand I liked her. If drinking alcohol in my village was allowed, I would have bought and drunk some “Fighter” or “Lion d’Or,” and even “Eagle” (armored car) so that I could have the courage to tell her what was going through my mind.

She spoke softly, and her lips were gentle and charming. These amiable qualities turned me to a police van. To tell her that her lips were awesome, I saw myself blowing a siren.

“Your lips are wow, wow, wow,” I said, in an unconfident manner.

“You´re funny,” Riat replied shyly, and I freaked out.

After mustering some courage, the joker words came out like lava erupting from Mount Cameroon, the highest mountain in West Africa.

“Riat,” I called out while my heart was making boom boom boom like a woofer.

“I think I like you!”

“Okay,” she responded, but that got me even more confused.

“What do you mean?” I probed.

At that moment, I was shivering and even trembling. Even a kid could win me in a fight at that time.

My fear was because of what happened to one of my friends. My friend in the village once told a girl how he loved her, and the next thing that followed was a heavy slap which sounded like an American airstrike in a rebel camp in Syria. That is how our girls rejected people. Till now, I can’t understand that kind of barbarism.

Riat did not do that to me, neither did she tell me she had a boyfriend like what I am experiencing in Buea, where even a baby might tell you she has a boyfriend because you are financially unstable (broke).

I asked Riat again; “does it mean we are boyfriend and girlfriend?”

she told me she was going to think about it.

“Hope your reply will not be negative?”

“Yes,” she answered.

Nowadays, it’s common to see that some girls who don´t know you, wouldn´t turn you down immediately you approach them. They will rather take their time to scrutinize you to know if you are good at anything, or if you are intelligent, so you can always help them with class assignments. If you are good looking with “swag” and can give them much money, that´s a plus for you. If you don’t possess any of these qualities, forget, love is not for you. True love died a long time ago. Love is no longer blind as was the case before.

While still at the tap, Riat and I had forgotten that we came to fetch water. Our containers were filled already but we remained there staring at each other as our emotions were getting us carried away.

I don’t know why time is always running fast when I want to convince a girl to have an affair with me. At 10pm, I was still at the tap admiring a girl’s boobs. Suddenly, her mum came searching for her. I also went home feeling satisfied that for the first time, I had a girl in my life.

The following day, we met again but she said nothing regarding my request to date her. However, we started acting like lovers. We decided to create a meeting spot. Every night, we would meet and just hug and feel each other. It was always exciting being around her, touching her boobs, to the extent that my third leg would erect for Cameroon’s National Anthem. We dated for a year before I could kiss her.

Nowadays, kissing a girl is the simplest thing. Kissing is something different in the relationship. If you don’t love a girl, don’t kiss her. You can do any other thing with her – don’t ask me “what thing.”

Our relationship continued until hard times came. That was when I saw myself as a coward.

The council of elders had sat and abolished dating among students and young people in the community. The laws were fresh, so some people were respecting them, except some of us. I had met with Riat again at our normal meeting point. While enjoying our natural God-given bodies, her warm breasts and you name the rest, an elderly woman came towards our direction since our meeting point was near the road. The woman was just passing but saw us and diverted her mission, immediately, she became a law enforcement officer.

“The village has banned courtship. What’re you doing?” she questioned, but we did not answer.

She started chasing us that night. She recognized Riat who was dragging her feet behind, reluctant to run. The woman rough-handled her beautiful “bakala” hairstyle threatening to go tell Riat’s Mother. The aged woman did not identify me because I ran and abandoned Riat behind. That was very shameful of me. I can’t make the same mistake with my new girlfriend now. Please, don’t question me whether I can die for love, because I will not answer.

When the woman had gone, I came back to Riat and surprisingly, she was not mad at me. If it was this rubbish I am experiencing Buea, the relationship would have ended at that moment. Riat, I am sorry.

It took me more than a year to ask Riat for sex. How it happened, is a subject for another day.

Village love was really complicated. I remember how I almost dropped out of school because my primary school teacher had me sit me in between two girls. He wanted socialization among us. I protested and cried the whole day because, where I came from, boys did not mingle with girls anyhow. I don’t know the situation now. Nowadays, out of the several friends I have, ladies constitute 85 percent.

When my relationship with Riat was facing difficulties which would eventually lead to our break up, I met another adoring girl, this time a Christian from a neighbouring village. Lyndale was very charismatic and stunning. She loved unconditionally. Circumstances leading to how we grew in love and later broke up are still a story for another day.

Coming to Buea after my love trials at Government Bilingual High School, GBHS Kumbo, and Yaounde One University, Ngoakele, was to have a different mindset and study journalism.

Buea, the “City of Excellence” is very dynamic and welcoming.

But one thing here is clear; “the fear of Buea girls, Molyko girls, in particular, is the beginning of wisdom.”

I can’t tell whether the attitude among some of the so-called slay queens is due to hardship owing to the Anglophone crisis. Or, what could be the reason? Just approach a girl in Buea, you will hear stories.

“My gas is finished, my house rent has expired, I want to eat shawarma, momo me, I need transport to go see my sick parent.” That’s all some girls in Buea know.

It is like they have listed their problems, and are just waiting to hand them to any man who wants to date them.

In a few cases, some girls, especially those from the University of Buea, do demand for such to scare away some unscrupulous guys from disturbing their education.

I schooled in UB for three years without a girlfriend, you can imagine. I was always searching, but almost 90 percent of the girls I approached had boyfriends or turned me down without any explanation. Could it be that I did not apply the right strategies? Take them to Las Vegas, party every weekend, take them to 48 spices and buy them school hand-outs?

You could still do these, but if you can’t properly play bed soccer for 90 minutes and score goals like a Champions League player, some girls would still dump you.  Thank God I know myself.

Well, it could be that after my first love experience, some 9 years ago, I still don’t know how to court a girl. Maybe God is grooming me for a holy assignment and knows that women will distract me. Who knows?

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Cameroon Anglophone Armed Conflict: Persons With Disabilities Sink In Misery

By Kesah Princely, In Buea

Persistent hunger, lack of shelter, insecurity, limited access to education and inadequate medical care are some of the main difficulties that thousands of persons with disabilities (PWDs) in Cameroon’s two Anglophone minority regions are entangled in, owing to a deadly secessionist armed conflict plaguing the country.

Just like people with disabilities in any conflict-affected area across globe, persons with disabilities in the restive North West and South West regions of Cameroon are in dire need of humanitarian assistance, as hostilities between government forces and Anglophone separatist fighters take a new turn, rights groups say.

In 2016, Anglophone lawyers and teachers in peaceful protests demanded for political, economic and social reforms from the country’s Francophone-dominated government.

Government forces repressed the protests, giving rise to what later became known as the Anglophone secessionist movement.

Some Anglophones took up arms against the state, and out rightly declared a separate country which they called “Ambazonia,” in 2017.

For nearly four years of the armed conflict between separatist fighters and government forces, persons with disabilities, like others, have also been affected in the conflict.

Despite several calls from the international community for belligerents to respect international humanitarian law, the reality on the ground seems the contrary.

Human Rights Watch reported in May 2019 that both government forces and separatist fighters didn´t fight in conformity with laws of war, stressing that persons with disabilities were dying, owing to hostilities.

Disability advocates have described the ongoing war as a death trap for many a person with disabilities, because it is difficult for them to survive in the midst of the conflict.

Forty-eight persons with disabilities, their relatives, representatives of UN agencies, national and international humanitarian organizations in Anglophone Cameroon revealed to Human Rights Watch, between January and May 2019, that there was urgent need for humanitarian intervention to rescue persons with disabilities from the brunt of the conflict.

Gender and Child Protection Officer at the Coordinating Unit of Associations of Persons with Disabilities (CUAPWD) in the North Wes region, Tangi Vitalis Ndeh, told TWIF NEWS recently that, the crisis has had an adverse effect on disability mainstreaming, intimating that thousands of children with diverse disabilities are out of school, owing to the prolonged conflict.

Tangi Vitalis revealed that CUAPWD-North West has documented the death of over 100 persons with mobility, visual, mental, as well as speech impairments killed, either by Cameroon’s Rapid Intervention Battalion or separatists fighting for the independence of “Ambazonia”.

Among the instances documented is a scenario where soldiers raided the home of a 28-year-old woman with a physical disability in Meluf, Bui Division, North-West region, in December 2018.

She told the rights group that about 15 soldiers broke into her home, took her phone and medications, and ordered her at gunpoint to remove her prosthetic leg.

“They watched me crawling and laughed. They asked me where the Amba [separatists] lived, and I replied that I didn’t know. Since they seized my medication, I have been ill,” she is quoted as saying.

In an interview with TWIF NEWS, the Project Manager of the Coordinating Unit of Associations of Persons With Disabilities-South West, said over 1500 PWDs in the region have been displaced as a result of the deteriorating conflict.

Agbor Orock Junior stressed that persons with disabilities are in dire need of basic requirements such as food, shelter and health care.

“The Cameroon Anglophone armed conflict has left lamentable scars on persons with disabilities which will only take serious humanitarian intervention to erase,” he revealed.

Nsah Edwin, 29, is a person with visual impairment leaving in Cameroon’s conflict ravaged North West region. He is one of those who are in desperate need of humanitarian assistance.

In an exclusive interview with TWIF NEWS, he revealed he is suffering a double degree of tragedy as a result of the unceasing conflict.

When the conflict broke out in Bamenda late 2016, Nsah said he was trapped in the midst of a crowd with security officers spraying tear gas indiscriminately.

“I was only carried on the back by someone I never knew to a sanctuary. That is just to tell you the pains I had to go through, witnessing tear gas for my very first time, and unfortunately, I sustained some burns in the recue process,” he lamented.

He recounted how he had been compelled to lay on the ground each time sporadic gunshots were heard around his vicinity.

This forced Nsah to displace from Mile 90, Bamenda, to a safer neighbourhood.

The crisis, he said, has not only affected him physically, but psychologically as well.

Nsah is not only worried that he has completely lost his source of livelihood, but is concerned about the displacement of his relatives whom he said would have been of great assistance to him.

Nsah, a prince who hails from Bum, a village in Boyo Division, of the North West region cannot even seek refuge in his once comfortable royal home.

“Our palace was burnt down and my family was displaced. Right now, I don’t know where some of my family members are,” he stated.

“They were shoulders I could cry on,” he added.

Nsah told TWIF NEWS that he now lives in a precarious situation owing to the fact that a local radio station where he used to earn some income as a reporter has been shut down.

“We are sustaining, thanks to the communal life of the people of Bamenda. There is no way you can be hungry when there is a neighbour,” he said.

His education, among other things, has also been affected. He was under a scholarship scheme. This made it difficult for him to complete his Higher National Diploma program, with barely a year to finish.
According to a report published by Human Rights Watch, people with disabilities and older people have been among those killed, violently assaulted, or kidnapped by government forces and armed separatists.

Nsah is also deeply rooted in music. He told TWIF NEWS that he has so many songs which he has composed, but due to the worsening crisis, he can’t raise funds for their production.

Some say the belligerents have continued to violate international humanitarian law with impunity.

Disability advocates say the deadly armed conflict has made the process of disability mainstreaming in Anglophone Cameroon nightmarish.

Some persons with disabilities in the crisis-hit regions who were bread winners of their families told TWIF NEWS that they are not only in dire need of humanitarian assistance alone, but equally hope that the conflict is resolved so that they could return to their normal livelihoods.

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Opinion: Can Sisiku and Co Represent Ambazonia In Any Negotiations?

By Njodzeka Danhatu

On Friday, June 3, news broke out that the incarcerated leaders of the Ambazonia Interim Government have met the Cameroon government to negotiate for a ceasefire in the war-torn Anglophone Regions.

The news has brought almost all factions in the Anglophone quest for independence issuing out statements here are there. Cho Ayaba, Dr Samuel Sako and Daphne Yerima, have sent out different statements leaving many to wonder who is in control. Many think these guys abroad are just creating unnecessary distraction to prevent a peace process that can end the war in the Northwest and Southwest Regions.

The question we are asking is who can represent Ambazonia if actually negotiations are ongoing?

While some say Sisiku is the right man for the job because he is on ground zero, some think that Cho Ayaba should be the one instead.

Well, we could still be deliberating of which the whole thing about the said negotiation is propaganda especially as no official statement has been issued from the government side.

No matter who claims to be the leader, the fighters on the ground seem to be doing things their own way. Today we have IG, SOCADEF, ADF and you name the rest. Some of those fighting are acting based on instructions from their various “generals” on the ground and not from those sitting in comfortable chair abroad.  

The Anglophone crisis started in 2016 and escalated into an armed conflict in 2017. By 2018, Sisiku Ayuk Tabe was arrested alongside nine others in Nigeria and extradited to Cameroon.

Since then a lot has happened. Sisiku before his arrest never called for the killing of people in the name of independence but believed in legal and diplomatic means to resolve the crisis.

This strategy of Sisiku has made many to believe that he is the right man for the job.

If talks are coming now as per the information circulating, can it be trustworthy?

Here Is My Take

Over three thousand people have died in this Anglophone war of independence. Casualties have been recorded on both side of the divide.

It is not today that the international community has been calling for a sincere and frank dialogue to end the war.  If the government has decided to talk with the people concern unlike in the national dialogue, then, it is worth lauding.

If the government is serious, then it should start an everlasting peace process and not a charade to deceive the international community.

The President of the Republic, Paul Biya, should grand general amnesty to those arrested within the context of the Anglophone crisis. When this is done, then the leaders in jail can now sit on a negotiation table.

Now, there are worries that if a cease-fire is called and troops withdrawn, the restoration fighters may pop up and conquer more grounds which will be very difficult to recapture.

In this case, the government should allow Sisiku and Co to talk to Ambazonian fighters loyal to him to drop their weapons while the soldiers are also taken to the barracks.

The two parties can handle the situation without any mediation if they are willing. If one of the parties is not comfortable with the talks here in Cameroon, they can go outside the national borders and talk maybe in Switzerland.

If this is done, and the outcome is fruitful, then, those restoration fighters that may continue to fight will be doing so in bad faith. And that can give the UN the leverage to step in fully.

I strongly believe that Sisiku can better represent the Ambazonia plight than those sitting abroad and spreading propaganda messages because they have the communication gadgets.

Many people have suffered and enough property destroyed. It is time we gave peace a chance and stop riding on a high horse of arrogance because we feel that our authority might be challenged.

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Fiction: I Love Her To Let Her Go

By Njodzeka Danhatu

The worse thing in life is to coerce people to love you of which they don’t want to. We do face challenges sometimes because we think we can get whatever thing we want but life is not like that. My name is NDK. I want to share with you something small that I’m going through with a girl.  Some of us do live a life whereby, when we don’t get what we want, we turn to ignore the people whom we wanted favours from them. I know most guys will not share my idea. For instance, you try to court a girl and immediately she turns you down, you make her an enemy. To me that’s weird. I have done that several times but it’s not helping.

I live a love life surrounded by ladies. Each time I’m around any, the only thing that does cross my mind is to sex them and that is all. At times I do this in the guise of trying to court but knowing truly that I am not serious. Whenever I get what I want, they become history.

This kind of life has made me so vulnerable before women that I can’t control myself. It is not like any girl that comes my way does go through this. They are some that have vehemently turned me down but still want to stick around. I hardly drive them away. At times they do even exploit me financially and also deceive me to do what they want. Most often, I do complain and get tips from close friends on how to handle such girls (goal diggers). I do boast at times with my male friends how I am going to stand up to the said girls but a call from any of the girls would just change my mind. This has been my love life.

It’s an issue which I hardly talk about but I have decided to put it in writing. I am a journalist. I am very courageous and bolt when it comes to practising the profession.  I’m always in control even during aggressive interviews.  But it is such a shame that this courage I have does disappear when I’m confront women.

Among the girls that I have come across, there are some that, up till now I cannot stop asking them for sex because of their beauty and how I feel being around them. But one thing is clear, I am always lust. I think what I feel for them is not love, it’s an addiction.

I have been doing this for some years until I met Jane. (That name is not her real since I did not reach to her before writing this article).

Jane is mature and a lady to be with. She has all a man will want in a lady. I love her because of the way she makes me feel when we are together. Jane is so incredible. Almost everything about her is awesome though we fight a lot. Despite our disagreements in so many things, she still would not avoid me and that is the same thing with me.

I have tried courting her for so many months now but she would not accept me because she has a boyfriend. Each time we’re together, we will talk about her boyfriend and some other girls that are playing hard-to-get with me. Whenever we do this, the discussion will always result to dating or having sex and I do bring it up because of my feelings toward her.

Each time she is leaving and telling me she can’t cheat because she is in a relationship with another guy, I always feel bad. I thought she has refused me because I am not handsome, rich or fashionable but I was wrong. Jane, to the best of my understanding, cannot have a relationship with me because she is seeing someone and can’t cheat on that person. She prefers to have me as a friend, just a friend.

I can’t tell you how many times I have blocked her on WhatsApp or refused to talk to her because I don’t want to be hurt. But I am always hurting myself whenever I do that. This kind of feeling will push me to start communicating with her again.

I prefer to do anything for Jane even though she is not my girlfriend. I just figure out that there are some people you cannot live without them. She is a friend and I admit. That is why I love her to let her go.

I took the decision recently when we meet and talked about ourselves. She told me that, had it been I was her boyfriend, she would not love another guy again. And since she is seeing someone else, she cannot date me. She said we should just remain friends that we are.

Some guys will say they cannot provide for a girl they are not dating. I think they are wrong. They are some people in life that you do things for them not because you expect anything in return. She is that type to me.

Jane, if you are reading this, know that I love you and I have to let you go. I don’t mean letting you go as not seeing you but let you go as not having you as a lover. I believe we are good together as friends – normal friends.

The end.

That story is fiction

NDK

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Opinion: Anglophone Secessionist Conflict: What Have Persons with Disabilities Done To The Biya Regime?


By Kesah Princely in Buea

The rate at which Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) continue to suffer under flying bullets in Anglophone Cameroon, is increasingly a cause for concern.

Since the inception of the Anglophone armed conflict in 2016, Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) have seemingly been forgotten by the Cameroonian government.

The local media unfortunately is giving a deaf ear to the plight of these vulnerable persons. According to statistics from the Coordinating Unit of Associations for Persons with Disabilities (CUAPWD) Bamenda, nearly one thousand PWDs have greatly been affected by the ravaging armed conflict which is nearing a fourth year.

Human Rights Watch earlier this year, revealed that PWDs in Anglophone Cameroon were in dire need of humanitarian assistance.

In 2018, the government of Cameroon announced a humanitarian package of FCFA 12.7 billion. Two years after the said plan, persons with disabilities continue to wallow in anguish, as they lack basic needs such as food, water and shelter.

Months back, persons with visual impairment who have been displaced from Kumbo, Bui division of the restive North West, moved to Bamenda under very horrendous conditions. Their fellow persons with disabilities had to make heaven out of hell, to host the stranded persons. This has prompted many of these differently able persons to begin asking whether being a person with disability in Cameroon is a crime.

As a person with visual impairment myself, I wonder how soon the 38 year-long Biya regime would take, to come to the aid of PWDs. If this government still has anything to offer, why then are these special people left to add insult to their disability? Unless the regime means that persons with disabilities are not too important to belong to this country, the time to do something to avert the status quo is now!

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Paul Tasong Sensitises Buea on Reconstruction Amid Ghost Town

By Regis Che, In Buea

Head of Commission for the Presidential Plan for Reconstruction and Development has told the population of Buea that rebuilding Anglophone Cameroon amidst the worsening armed conflict is the beginning of long lasting peace.

The Paul Tasong-led commission during a sensitization meeting in Buea at the Mountain Hotel, Monday, June 29, intimated that a two-year plan to rebuild 206 villages across Anglophone Cameroon was underway.

The Secretary of State at the Ministry of Economy, Planning and Regional Development acknowledged that youth unemployment was one of the key factors that spurred the conflict in 2016.

“We can’t deny the fact that one of the key causes of the conflict in 2016 was youth unemployment or underemployment. The reconnstruction plan will focuss on giving some finance for start-ups to encourage the youth gain employments,” Tasong intimated.

The mission, as he revealed, was to use the 89 billion CFA Francs within the two years to equate the crisis ravaged North West and South West with any of the regions in Cameroon by signifying the lives of the people.

Just as the commission was received in Bamenda amidst ghost towns, the case of Buea was not different as day one of the three-day-long working visit was highly characterized by deserted streets.

Although Paul Tasong opines that the Presidential Plan for the Reconstruction and Development can successively be executed, some Ambazonian activists believe that it is of no essence as the close to four years chaos is yet to be brought to a peaceful end.

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Dele Alli Banned From Premier League Game Prior to Season’s Resumption

By Ngome Michael

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder, Dele Alli has received a match ban, before the official resumption of the English Premier League, for seemingly mocking a coughing Asian man, amid the Coronavirus.

The 24 year-old posted a private video on Snapchat of himself in an airport lounge in February, wearing a face mask zooming in on an Asian man sitting next to him.

Guilty of an “aggravated breach,” Alli has been fined £50,000 and must attend an educational course as part of the FA’s rule that includes a reference to race, ethnic group or nationality.

Reacting to this, the England international said someone on his Snapchat betrayed him by sharing the video with close to 160 people.

In an apology to the FA, Alli explained that his focus on the Asian man was because he was coughing and not because of his race.

With a return to action of the English Premier League on June 17, Tottenham Hotspur will be playing at home against their fierce rivals Manchester United.

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Anti COVID-19 Scare: Bamenda PWDs Benefit From ORIS Gifts

BY Kesah Princely, in Buea

Some persons with disabilities (PWDs) in Bamenda have received anti COVID-19 kits from the Organisation for The Realization of an Inclusive Society(ORIS).

During a ceremony held at the organisation’s headquarters in Nkwen, Bamenda III subdivision recently, ORIS’s founder and CEO, Mr. Fedel Tancho, himself a person with visual impairment, said persons living with disabilities ought to be very careful as the fight against the deadly virus rages on.

He intimated that PWD’s whom he said were being badly affected by the ongoing Anglophone armed conflict are now going to see their situations worsen by the global health crisis.

PWDs receives anti-Covid-19 test kits

The beneficiaries, received items such as face masks, soap and buckets to help them contain the spread of the virus. They were equally handed some food items such rice and vegetable oil as ORIS continued with its humanitarian action.

Created in 2015, the Organisation for the Realization of an Inclusive Society has as objectives, to promote the education of persons with disabilities, advocate for their rights, promote sports among them and above all intervene in crisis situations.

The Bamenda based NGO had earlier carried out a similar anti COVID-19 exercise in May 2020.

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Fight Against Deforestation: CEPSDA Commemorates World Environment Day in Grand Style.

By Kesah Princely.

The Center for Peace and Sustainable Development in Africa ( CEPSDA) has undertaken a robust tree-planting exercise to mark the 2020 edition of the International Day of the Environment.

Saturday June 6 has remained a historic day for the people of Tole, a village in the outskirts of Buea, as they were schooled on the importance of nature proctection by a fourteen-man team from CEPSDA.

As part of its efforts to join in the fight against global warming, CEPSDA, a Buea based Non-govermental Organisation, groomed over 200 trees, planted close to 100 in Tole and shared the rest with other partner NGOs for continuous planting in other areas.

The local community applauded the initiative from the NGO and promised to effectively emmulate the pace set by CEPSDA.

CEPSDA set to plant over 100 trees

After saturday’s tree planting exercise, CEPSDA’s Director, Mr. Echochu Stephen, appreciated the massive participation of villagers in the project, while calling on them to protect the newly planted trees in order to live healthily.

“These trees will beautify your village, fight against global warming, prevent land erosion and provide shades during sunny days,” he said.

This is not the first time the Center for Peace and Sustainable Developement in Africa is carraying out a project in Tole. Months back, CEPSDA sesitized the population on the dangers of COVID-19 in a campaign that saw the distribution of face masks to curb the spread of the deadly virus.

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Africa Throws Weight Behind Madagascar’s COVID-19 Treatment

By Rapheal Munyam

Some African leaders have expressed great satisfaction following Madagascar’s recent discovery of a COVID-19 treatment.

Côte d’Ivoire, Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo among others, appear to be proponents and have shown great support for this move.

Equatorial Guinea has begun importation of the herbal drug, COVID-Organics. The move is regarded as a means to unite African nations.

Andre Rajoelina
Madagascar President, Andry Rajoelina Source: Sinotables

Despite its socioeconomic vulnerabilities, Africa is uniquely prepared to halt the further spread of this virus, despite western criticism of its herbal approach to the virus.

Meantime, other countries like Cameroon are also into herbal treatment of the Coronavirus. The Archbishop of the Douala Metropolitan Archdiocese, Samuel Kleda has created what is today praised as a  herbal treatment for the virus.

In a recent press conference, the prelate revealed that no patient has died after consuming his herbal drug, “Les Huilles Essentielles.”

His Grace, Samuel Kleda, who has 30 years of experience in traditional medicinal research, also said about half a thousand patients with COVID-19 symptoms have been cured by his drug.

Africa is poised now more than ever before to produce an African solution to a global problem.

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"The Cosmic Message"

Shouting erodes the streets with terror,
People running helter-skelter
Screaming for help which none could provide
White powder pouring from angle to angle,
Youths throwing stones and streets blocked with garbage
Homes, churches, schools, and hospitals all in flame
People running from jungle to jungle,
Nation to nation seeking for refuge
Homes devasted and families separated.

Sit behind these grievous youth
Whose minds and hearts boil like the melting magma
With devasted minds ready for all the worst
Many minors and others; adults filled with anger and ready to devour any uniform found on the street like a lion looking for flesh to devour.

They all rallied for peace, equality and freedom,
But war and mockery they received
Those they voted and called their Representatives despised them and called them all sorts of names
Women raped before their loved ones
While fathers slaughtered before their kids

The Innocents lavish in the jungle where life is for the fittest
While the guilty bombast them with charges of guilt and find their way out of the jungle
Injustice has become the anthem of the day to day activities.

But beware! The cosmos has a message for you…

I tell you verily verily that a day shall come;
When you shall seek unity and find disunity
When you shall seek peace and find war
When you shall seek favour and find terror
When you shall seek warmth an find the cold;
The desert shall become your companion
The sin be one with you
The lion’s den shall be your home
You shall wear crowns of thorns and on toes you shall walk on thorns
For the adage goes thus;
The human race shall never see peace until the plea and cry of the minority is overheard….

   By

Son of the Soil. Levis Ngoe (Nefenda Itoe)

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Manchester City To Miss Two Champions League Seasons

By Ngome Michael, in Buea

Defending champions of the English premier League, Manchester City have been banned from participating in Europe’s top flight competition, the UEFA Champions League, with a £25 million fine.

This comes after the European football governing body discovered that the club had breached UEFA’s financial fair play rule.

The ban which is expected to commence next season is subject to appeal by City’s officials at the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS).

Manchester City are expected in the days ahead, to face current Spanish league leaders in the first round of the knock-out stage of the European champions League.

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Amid Lockdown: UB Students Boycott Classes, But Administrators Present

By Sandrine Akeabeh, in Buea

Students in the University of Buea have boycotted classes, amid the six-day lockdown imposed by separatists in the two restive Anglophone regions.

Classes this Friday morning were empty, as students remained in their homes for fear of the unknown.

Some lecturers were present to give out lectures, but barely met any students to teach.

The lockdown seemingly did not affect administrative functions in the University of Buea, as some offices were open, with admistrators carrying out their functions with little or no fear, due to the presence of security officers on campus.

The sounds that were predominantly heard around the university campus, were chirping sounds of birds, echoing in amphitheatres.

Some cleaners in the university were on campus doing their job while security officers moved from one amphitheatre to another to ensure security.

TWIF NEWS got information that, many students left the campus hostel for vacation before the imposed lockdown began. It is however unclear when these students will be back on campus to pick up from where they ended.

Meantime, forces of law and order are plying the streets of Buea, to preempt any attack from armed separatist fighters.

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Twin Elections: CPDM’s Malomba Esembe Sells Political Agenda in Market

By Sandrine Akeabeh, in Buea

Magistrate Malomba Esembe, 34 year-old CPDM candidate for Member of Parliament for Buea Urban has promised to use his youthfulness to bring change which the local people are yearning for.

He made the promise to vendors, buyers and passersby during his campaign at the OIC market in Buea on Tuesday January 28.

The would-be parliamentarian and his campaign team were surrounded by many people who were shouting and praising the young political aspirant, while they fought for a bottle of water.

“Yes we go vote for you ma pikin. We want na young people like you so for lead we. We no want old people them again” a fruit vendor shouted in Pidgin-English. Loosely translated into English, the woman threw her support, saying “Yes, we will vote for you my child. We want young people like you to lead us. We no longer want old people.”

Malomba’s team has been on various media outlets for the past days rallying support and talking to the people, giving them reasons to vote their candidate. He is up against Barrister Ngongi Ikomi of the opposition SDF party.

Malomba is married and a father of 3. He holds a first degree in English Private Law and Postgraduate diploma in Business Law from the University of Soa, Yaounde.

From 2012 to present, he has served as Magistrate at the Administrative Court, Southwest region, Buea. From June 2006 to September 2008, he was Litigation Officer at the Ministry of SMES, Social Economy and Handicrafts. From April 2000 to June 2006, he served as Registrar at High Court, Ocean division, Kribi.

Malomba Esembe and other candidates for the February 9 twin elections are campaigning at a time when the Anglophone crisis is still severe, with calls of boycotts from several quarters.

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Renowned US Basketballer Dies In Helicopter Crash

By Agborndip Priscilia In Buea

One of America’s most celebrated basketball players, Kobe Bryant has died in a helicopter crash alongside his daughter and seven other persons.

The crash which claimed the life of the star and his 13 year-old daughter, Gianna, occurred in California, on Sunday January 26, 2020.

The private helicopter according to media reports crashed on the hill of Calabasas in California due to poor visibility resulting from a bad and foggy weather.

TWIF NEWS learned that Kobe and daughter were heading for a game at Mamba Sport Academy when the tragic incident befell them.

The professional basketball legend, five time best NBA player died leaving behind his wife, three daughters and fans to mourn him.

The “shooting guard” was born in 1978 in Philadelphia and died at the age of 41.

He started his basketball career in 1996 and won many awards amongst which was NBA’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) in 2008.

Meantime, the American Basketball Federation had announced that a moment of silence be observed in memory of the deceased hero at the beginning of every NBA match.

Courtesy: Africanews.com

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CRM Exposes “Impostor,” Maintains Elections Boycott Stance

By Kesah Princely and Regis Che, in Buea

The Cameroon Renaissance Movement, CRM party has brandished as fake news an alliance between them and the UFDC party, to contest in upcoming legislative and municipal elections.

In a press release signed on Saturday, January 25 by the CRM’s Secretary General, Chief Barrister Christopher Ndong, he intimated that his party was not into any alliance with the UFDC party to contest the local elections in Douala 4 Subdivision come February 9.

“The CRM has observed with lots of consternation that Mr. Mongang Sylvain, UFDC candidate of Dr. Hameni Bieuleu has prided himself to print campaign posters wherein he stated that the CRM is his ally,” the communique read in part.

“I hereby precise that the CRM says no to this impostor, Mr. Mongang Sylvain,” Barrister Ndong stressed.

“The CRM and its alllies are calling for a total boycott of this electoral mascarade which the CPDM and it’s enablers are preparing for February 9, 2020.”

It is uncertain why the massive boycott is being called for on a day set aside by Cameroon’s elections governing body, ELECAM for parties to launch elections across the country.

The CRM had earlier announced they will not take part in any elections if the electoral code stays unrevised, and the deadly Anglophone crisis which has claimed about 3000 lives according to International Crisis Group remains unsolved.

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Twin Elections: CPDM Uses Special Status To Woo SW Electorates

By Kesah Princely & Regis Che, in Buea

The Coordinator of the ruling Cameroon People’s Democratic Movement, CPDM party for the South West, has entreated the population of the region to massively participate in forthcoming municipal and legislative elections.

During an occasion on Saturday, January 25, to launch campaigns ahead of the February twin elections, Peter Mafany Musunge called on locals to massively vote the CPDM list so as to enjoy the fallout of a recent bill on decentralisation, which contains provisions for a special status promised by the party’s Chairman and Head of State, Paul Biya.

“We have a special status for the people of the South West and North West and so, they have to vote in order to effectively use the institutions for their development,” he said.

While calling on CPDM supporters and sympathisers not to heed to what he called empty threats from some individuals to obstruct voting, Peter Mafany opined that the electorates should confidently exercise their civic duty to select the right people who can adequately represent them at both local and national levels.

As South West CPDM list flag bearer in the elections, the President of the Bilingualism and Multiculturalism Commission, and erstwhile Prime Minister announced that 15 parliamentary and 897 municipal seats were up for grabs.

The Head of the CPDM Academy, Professor Elvis Ngole Ngole, for his part, described the potential voters as republican and democratic.

To him, the population of the South West region will massively vote the CPDM as they did for their national Chairman — 87 year-old President of the Republic — in 2018’s controversial presidential election.

It however remains uncertain if the said elections will effectively take place in the region on February 9, given that Ambazonian fighters had called for a total boycott of any elections organised by the current government in Anglophone Cameroon — an area they claim is their territory.

As a strategy to obstruct next month’s twin elections, Ambazonian leaders had announced a lockdown which they say will run from February 7 to 12.

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TWIF NEWS’ Paul Njie: JMC’s 2019 Best Graduate

By Agborndip Priscilia, In Buea

TWIF NEWS’ Editor-in-Chief has graduated as the 2019 most outstanding student in the University of Buea’s Department of Journalism and Mass Communication(JMC).

Despite the long-standing unresolved armed conflict in Anglophone Cameroon, Paul Njie worked extremely hard amid an atmosphere of tension, to top his class.

“I feel proud because this success did not come easy; proud because those who journeyed with me also succeeded,” he said.

Paul Njie, 21, took upon himself to walk to the occasion in icy rains and the scorching sun.

“The secret behind my success was mere hard work, pertinacity, and collective efforts,” Njie revealed.

Best JMC graduate, Paul Njie

As a freshman, Paul Njie was awarded as the Best Level 200 JMC Student at the ASJUB Annual Awards (AANA) 2017. The award winner exalted students to be hardworking, and pay attention to all their school work if they hope to have a similar or greater recognition.

The dynamic journalist has a high savoir-faire for both broadcast and online journalism. His devotedness, flair and love for journalism earned him the position of Editor-in-Chief at TWIF NEWS, an office he has occupied for close to two years.

At the moment, the fresh graduate is a volunteer journalist at Hi TV Buea and a correspondent for US based news organisation, EboniGram. Prior to his graduation, he also worked as a freelance journalist with The Christian Science Monitor, headquartered in the United States of America.

Paul Njie revealed in an exclusive interview with TWIF NEWS that he has recently begun an academic Master’s degree programme in International Relations; an art which he says will broaden his mind in handling global affairs while practising journalism.

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Hectic Yet Enjoyable Academic Ride For JMC’s First Ever Graduate With Visual Impairment

By Regis Che

Kesah Princely has become the first ever journalist with visual impairment to have graduated from the University of Buea’s Department of Journalism and Mass Communication (JMC).

Kesah enrolled into the University of Buea in October 2016 to commence a three-year academic journey which he said was “hectic, yet enjoyable.”

Since the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication was created 26 years ago, the dexterous journalist did not only feature amongst the 2019 best graduates but also went down in the department’s history as the first-ever student with visual impairment to have successfully concluded the degree program.

“I feel super elated to have surmounted the several challenges that clouded my stay in JMC. Indeed, it was a hectic, but an enjoyable journey,” he said.

As a pace setter, Kesah Princely encountered several hurdles throughout his undergraduate studies.

“I had no access to the school library because of the unavailability of Braille books and/or audiovisual equipment to aid my learning. I equally faced difficulties comprehending courses that required illustrative teachings.

“Accessing my result, attitudes of some lecturers and students, and having Braille materials were also major challenges,” Kesah revealed.

As a means to set the standard for future JMC students with visual impairment, the record holder documented problems he faced as a student in a narrative research project titled “Challenges of Persons with Visual Impairment in the University of Buea’s Department of Journalism and Mass Communication.”

In the 58-page document, the disability advocate cum practising journalist recommended to the institution’s hierarchy tips to effectively train journalism students with visual impairment.

How Kesah Princely overcame his challenges, he revealed “this success is owing to courage, determination, and above all hard work. I received invaluable support from my ‘amazing’ TWIF NEWS colleagues and family members who assisted me throughout my academic moments which have been highly characterized by the longstanding armed conflict in Southern Cameroons.”

The graduate who is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Conflict Resolution in the University of Buea, has a flair for both digital and broadcast journalism.

Besides serving as TWIF NEWS’ Director of Communication, the ambitious journalist is a Cameroonian correspondent for US based news organ, EboniGram.

Being the sixth best graduating student, he said his outstanding performance stemmed from his high spirit of volunteerism from which he has garnered much experience in the art of news gathering, treatment and dissemination.

He has offered free services in amongst other media outlets: Lakeside Radio, Kumba; NDEFCAM Radio, Bamenda; and PSTV, Buea.

The JMC record holder now has as task: practising journalism, advocating for the rights of persons with disabilties, and pursuing his postgraduate studies despite the difficulties that may lie ahead of him.

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Opinion: Africa Won’t Develop Until It Explores Its own Potentials

By Sandrine Akeabeh, In Buea

Africans are more of consumers than producers, reason why most of them depend on the government for a living rather than being self employed.

The lack of creativity is killing Africa. Creativity and a critical mind are the key to development. We crave for development to reach the zenith, when we don’t practice self development. Africans have the power to produce what countries of the first world produce, but we have seemingly swindled our resources to benefit the “whiteman.”

The fact that we have black skin doesn’t suffice to say we can’t do what the whiteman does. They use us to make great things; why can’t we copy their example by using our own resources ourselves to make Africa great?

The whiteman is not superior to us; we can be on top of the world if we want to. The one thing that makes Africa remain underdeveloped is the lack of a creative mindset as well as economic and political independence. Think and look beyond the ordinary. The Europeans and Americans seemingly have more that 5 senses, but Africans depend only on their five senses. I call the sixth and seventh senses: the creative mind and critical thinking.

Our educational system is solid, just like those in Europe and America, but the difference comes in at the level of specialisation. We are Jack of all trades but masters of none. We produce engineers, contractors, journalists etc but do not use them to our own advantage. Africans do not make proper use of their own products. “What comes from ‘outside’ is the best”. This perception lingers in the minds of most Africans and needs to be reformed. How did the big countries become this big? That is the one question that should be running through the minds of Africans.

They use their brains, they do not sleep. Their eyes are closed but their brains are not, thinking of the next discovery.

Africans are even scared of consuming products produced by their fellow brothers but trust what is received from overseas. How did we get here? We produce shoes, clothes etc but how many of us do use them? We buy Chinese goods and products; Turkish, American etc and abandon what is made at home in the name of, “what can a blackman do that is better than the whiteman?”

The festive season is on and Chinese goods are all over the market. Where are African goods? That conception needs to be eradicated from our minds. We need to be proud of what we are and what we have. In terms of technology, we are still behind. There is a big technological gap; a digital divide.

First world countries are at the top because they started development some hundred years back. Development is not a day’s job. It is a matter of time. The cars and planes produced today took someone years to put in place. We need to use our brains to get where we intend to be in future.

Cameroon’s Vision 2035 will not be attained if the government does not take into consideration some of the things mentioned above. We citizens are the government and we can make our countries what we want them to be. The future lies in our hands. We can make Africa great.

The culture to read is one of the many things keeping Africa and Africans behind. We don’t have the culture to read knowledgeable things. We pay more attention to entertainment than reading something meaningful that will provide us with knowledge.

Most of the Apps we use in our mobile phones today are produced by the West. Apps produced by Africans are rarely or never used at all. How do we intend to get there? Africans do not encourage talent development, they help kill the talent they see manifest. We have the talent, the skills, the power, the brains, the resources, and the perfect beings to develop Africa. Let’s stop undermining ourselves and together make Africa great.

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TWIF NEWS Maps out New Strategies to Boost Productivity

By Sandrine Akeabeh, In Buea

TWIF NEWS has admitted new strategies which will enable it provide quality news to its audience.

This was during an extraordinary convention which was held recently at TWIF NEWS’ headquarters in Malingo, Buea.

The meeting was chaired by TWIF NEWS’ Head of Communication, Mr Kesah Princely. Present were TWIF NEWS’ reporters and friends who came together to find solutions for the betterment of the website.

According to TWIF NEWS’ Board Chair Mr Wanka’a Regis Che, each reporter has to be conscious of the audiences waiting to be fed with information on a daily basis. He urged his reporters who were seemingly out of touch with their duties, to start work as soon as possible so as to make TWIF NEWS great again.

New ideas were welcomed and implemented. Amongst the ideas, were having an assistant Web Master to assist the Chief of Web Relations speedily publish information on the website. Miss Sandrine Akeabeh, the voice of TWIF NEWS who also doubles as senior reporter was elected to this function, to assist Mr Njodzeka Danhatu. This, according to members of the crew would facilitate the publication of stories, since it would No longer depend on one person to publish.

TWIF NEWS’ Editor-in-Chief Mr. Paul Njie, also told reporters to be self editors and to write more often to keep the website alive.

TWIF NEWS has been one of Cameroon’s leading online news websites for close to 2 years now. Though it is successfully achieving its goals, it has not been void of lapses. The platform for sometime has not served its audiences with consistent news; reason why a convention was organised to reawaken the website and its workers.

HSUVI Determined To Continue Disability Advocacy in 2021

By Kesah Princely

The Hope Social Union for the Visually Impaired (HSUVI), says it will continue in its mission to advocate for the well-being of persons living with disabilities next year.

This was made known during the association’s end-of-year meeting, held recently in Bamenda.

During the meeting, HSUVI’s President, Ngong Peter Tonain saluted the efforts of everyone who in 2020, supported the Bamenda-based association in one way or the other.

He equally implored God to abundantly reward anyone who has stood by persons with disabilities during 2020’s trying moments.

Meanwhile, the association thanked all their benefactors for their help in 2020, marked by the Anglophone armed conflict and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mr. Tonain equally urged members of the association to take good care of their families and themselves, as they celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ and the new year 2021.

As a family, HSUVI used their last meeting of the year to extend Christmas and New Year wishes to their benefactors and partners.

They equally took the commitment to work harder in 2021 in order to ameliorate the living conditions of their peers with visual impairment in Bamenda and beyond.

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