Cover

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Title Page, Copyright

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Content

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pp. v-x

African Youth Charter Anthem

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pp. xi-xii

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Preface

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pp. xiii-xiv

Churchill Ewumbue-Monono has done a brilliant job in his captivating piece ‘‘The Youth and Nation-Building in Cameroon’’. He uses Cameroon’s Youth Day (11th February) as a case study. But his analysis of the different youth day themes in Cameroon is of great significance not only to Cameroon but also to the entire African continent, where over 60% are below the ages of 20. ...

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Prologue

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pp. xv-xix

The Youth and Nation-Building in Cameroon highlights the efforts of the leadership of a typical African country like Cameroon in mobilizing the youths through the National Youth Day to participate in the country’s development initiatives. ...

Part One: The International and National Policy Framework for Youth Governance

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Chapter 1. The Global Concern for Youth Governance and the Youth Day

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pp. 3-6

The management of Youth Affairs has become one of the most challenging global issues today. It is estimated that 50% of the world’s population, representing 1.5 billion people, are between the ages of 10 and 25, which cover the categories of early adolescent (10-14), late adolescent (15-19), and Youth (15-24). ...

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Chapter 2. Youth Policy and the Youth Day in Cameroon: 1949-2009

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pp. 7-22

The development of a policy and institutional foundations for youth governance in Cameroon have closely followed the various stages of the country’s political history: the colonial period (1949-1960), the federation period (1961-1972), the Ahidjo Unitary State period (1972-1982), the One-Party Democracy New Deal period (1982-1992), ...

Part Two: Youth Day Messages and Leadership Discourse: 1949-2009

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Chapter 3. The Empire Day and Commonwealth Youth Day Messages:1949-1961

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pp. 25-28

I am very happy to meet you all here today and to greet you with a message from His Excellency the Governor. The Governor is at present at home on leave but he has remembered how school children all over Nigeria will be gathering on this day and has sent a personal message which he has said should be given to you. ...

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Chapter 4. The West Cameroon Youth Day Messages: 1964-1966

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pp. 29-50

Dear Cameroonians and friends of the Federal Republic of Cameroon, we are assembled here today to institute a SPORTS DAY for the youths of West Cameroon. We have chosen 11th February because of the special significance in the history of the Federal Republic of Cameroon, for on Saturday, 11th February, 1961, ...

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Chapter 5. President Ahidjo’s National Youth Day Messages: 1968-1982

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pp. 51-102

Building a Nation means transforming mentalities, overcoming inertia, opening hearts and minds to this dynamic solidarity and this awareness of a common destiny without which the Nation could not fulfil its mission of emancipating individuals and collective civilization. ...

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Chapter 6. President Biya’s New Deal Messages to the Youth: 1983-1991

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pp. 103-120

On this eve of 11 February, the date set aside for the Youths by the Cameroonian people and the Nation as a whole, it is a great pleasure for me to address you for the first time as Head of State. In doing so, I am both respecting a tradition and, above all bearing testimony to the unwavering care and affection which this Nation has for the Youths. ...

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Chapter 7. President Biya’s Democratic Cameroon’s Youth Day Messages:1991-2008

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pp. 121-168

As has been the case over the past twenty-five years, Cameroon has once more honoured its tradition. As is the case each year, Cameroonians is getting ready to celebrate its Youth day. On behalf of all Cameroonians, on behalf of the Government, and on my own behalf I wish you all a happy Youth Day and renew my wishes of success in 1991. ...

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Epilogue: The Youth and African Renaissance: New Challenges for a Changing Continent

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pp. 169-174

The proclamation of 2008 by the African Union as the African Youth Year rekindled interest in the potentials and untapped energy in the continent’s young population as agents of development. In effect, Africa’s political liberation is largely owed to its youths and youth organizations. ...

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pp. 175-176

Annexes

Annex 1: List of Heads of the Ministerial Departments for Youth Affair: 1959-2009

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p. 179

Annex 2: List of themes for Youth Day Celebrations, 1967-2009

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pp. 180-181

Annex 3: Declaration by the Forum of the Youth in Africa and the Diaspora, Bamako, 9 November 2005

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pp. 182-184

Annex 4: Commitments by the Franco-African Leader to the Youths of Africa and the Diaspora. Bamako, 4 December 2005

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pp. 185-188