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No Trifling Matter
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No Trifling Matter is a collection of controversial, critical weekly commentary on the reluctance of a monolithic regime to yield to popular aspirations for democracy in Cameroon. In these essays written between 1990 and November 1992, Godfrey Tangwa, alias Rotcod Gobata, doesnít quibble. He comes across as a man of courage and resolve; one ready to swim upstream in a manner of a desperate midwife eager to prevent a still birth (in this case, of democracy). His column is as daring an embarrassment to Biyaís ìdÈmocratie avancÈeî as the radio programme ìCameroon Reportî (later ìCameroon Callingî), was to Presidents Ahidjo and Biya in the hey days of the ìparti uniqueî. Rotcod Gobata believes the time has come for Cameroon to graduate from a country over milked by mediocrity and callous indifference, to the paradise that it was meant to be for the poor and downtrodden. In this regard, he belongs with that rare breed of intellectuals who are genuine in their pursuit of collective betterment, and who in consequence, have opted to distance themselves from the stomach and all its trappings. This position is to be commended and encouraged, especially in a system where explanation is often mistaken for subversion, a system where the stomach is about the only political path-finder - the sole compass in use, a country where the champions of falsehood want all at their beck and call, and where a handful of thirsting palates daily jostle to share with Count Dracula the blood of the common and forgotten. Rotcod Gobata wants the new Cameroon to be rid of the ills and failures of the past five decades that have made it impossible for Cameroonians in their millions to live productive and creative lives.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Preface To The New Edition: Background To Gobata Columns And Essays
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. pp. iii-v
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xvi
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  1. 1 An Open Letter to Pa Foncha
  2. pp. 1-4
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  1. 2 Begging the Question
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  1. 3 Mondial 90 and the Success of Success
  2. pp. 8-11
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  1. 4 Those Billions in Foreign Banks
  2. pp. 12-14
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  1. 5 I Doff My Hat to Mr. President
  2. pp. 15-17
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  1. 6 The Day I Ate Fried Corn With the Cardinal
  2. pp. 18-20
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  1. 7 What Do University Students Really Want?
  2. pp. 21-23
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  1. 8 The Two Faces of Mongo Beti
  2. pp. 23-26
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  1. 9 Now That the Opposition Is Really Here
  2. pp. 27-30
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  1. 10 Is Mr. Paul Out Of Touch Or What?
  2. pp. 31-33
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  1. 11 The Past Tense of Shit
  2. pp. 34-36
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  1. 12 The Questions Eric Did Not or Could Not Ask
  2. pp. 37-39
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  1. 13 Mitterrand Must Be a Mediocre Teacher
  2. pp. 40-42
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  1. 14 Tribalism
  2. pp. 43-46
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  1. 15 The Foxes of Loo
  2. pp. 47-49
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  1. 16 Jean Zoa’s Conceptual Problems
  2. pp. 50-52
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  1. 17 The New Universities
  2. pp. 53-55
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  1. 18 Memo to the Endeley Commision
  2. pp. 55-58
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  1. 19 Where We Went Wrong
  2. pp. 59-62
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  1. 20 Gobata on Gobata
  2. pp. 61-64
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  1. 21 From “La Democratie” To Democracy
  2. pp. 64-67
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  1. 22 Nigeria-Cameroon: No Problem?
  2. pp. 68-70
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  1. 23 Anti-Democracy Fails in Russia, Succeeds in Cameroon
  2. pp. 71-73
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  1. 24 To Hell with Culture
  2. pp. 74-76
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  1. 25 What Will He Say at Limbe and Bamenda
  2. pp. 76-78
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  1. 26 Me Voici A Douala
  2. pp. 79-81
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  1. 27 A Basket Full Of… Promises
  2. pp. 82-84
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  1. 28 The Does of Africa
  2. pp. 85-87
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  1. 29 The Exorcist
  2. pp. 87-90
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  1. 30 Beyond Elitism (Including a Reply to Tande Dibussi)
  2. pp. 90-92
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  1. 31 Professor Obenson Was Right
  2. pp. 93-95
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  1. 32 From the Fruits We Shall Know
  2. pp. 95-97
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  1. 33 Democracy, Kakistocracy and Meritocracy
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  1. 34 The Pre-Conditions of Meritocracy
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  1. 35 Meritocracy Continued
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  1. 36 The Panel Beaters of the Biya Regime
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  1. 37 Blueprint for University Studies
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  1. 38 Blueprint for University Studies
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  1. 39 Biya Plays His Last Joker
  2. pp. 114-115
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  1. 40 Our Beautiful Ones Are Not Yet Born
  2. pp. 116-118
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  1. 41 Basically a Fraudulent Victory
  2. pp. 118-120
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  1. 42 Shall They Make or Mar?
  2. pp. 120-123
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  1. 43 Two Types of Cameroonians
  2. pp. 123-125
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  1. 44 The Missing Links in Nfor Gwei’s Programmes
  2. pp. 126-128
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  1. 45 The Anglophone Problem
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  1. 46 A Ceremonial P.M. As We Totter Along
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  1. 47 This Celebration Mania
  2. pp. 134-137
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  1. 48 We Will Dedicate a Toilet to His Memory
  2. pp. 137-139
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  1. 49 Misconceptions of Federalism
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  1. 50 CAMBANK Is Still Owing Me
  2. pp. 143-145
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  1. 51 Albert Mukong, Federalism and the SDF
  2. pp. 145-148
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  1. 52 Solomon Nfor Gwei’s Tribulations
  2. pp. 148-150
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  1. 53 Wanyetoh Resurfaces
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  1. 54 Mbella Was Right and Wrong
  2. pp. 154-156
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  1. 55 Cherchez Le Mot (For My Censors)
  2. pp. 157-159
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  1. 56 From Extreme to Extreme
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  1. 57 A Tale of Three Parliamentarians
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  1. 58 Of the General Born on Banana Leaves 55 Years Ago
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  1. 59 Meditation on Death
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  1. 60 Keeping Yaounde Clean
  2. pp. 170-172
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  1. 61 Matters Arising From the CELLUCAM Affair
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  1. 62 Governement by Trial and Error, Bribery, Corruptionand Manipulation
  2. pp. 175-178
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  1. 63 Critical Moment of Decision
  2. pp. 179-181
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  1. 64 How the Opposition Can Proceed
  2. pp. 181-183
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  1. 65 Very Fraudulent Procedures
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  1. 66 Ben Muna’s Aborttive Bid
  2. pp. 186-189
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  1. 67 The Comedians on Our Political Stage
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  1. 68 As the Countdown to Zero Hour Begins
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  1. 69 God Has Not Yet Cast His Own Vote
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  1. 70 Under the Magnetic Spell of the Bookseller
  2. pp. 198-200
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  1. 71 Let’s All Avoid Mass Hysteria and Do It Again
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  1. 72 Remember Nelson
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  1. 73 There Can Never Be Peace without Justice
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  1. 74 What of Our So-Called Human Rights Commision?
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  1. 75 The Pre-Conditions of Reconciliatory Dialogue
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  1. 76 Punishing the Innocent, Rewarding Criminals
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