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Whether Losing, Whether Winning. Essays in Political Realism

Essays in Political Realism

G. D. Nyamndi

Publication Year: 2009

The fate of minorities, the quality and ultimate purpose of elections, the place of truth in human relations: these are some of the core concerns of this unique narrative. Although handled against the background of recent political events in Cameroon, the

Published by: African Books Collective

Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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Preface to the second edition

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pp. viii-x

The first edition of this work appeared in September 2004. It went into very limited circulation, mainly among friends and academic colleagues. The response was warm in many cases, even ecstatic in some. I wish to...

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1. Of our past

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pp. 1-8

Our existence makes sense only when understood in terms of where we are from and where we are going. If we do not know where we are from, it remains doubtful whether we will know our way forward....

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2. The political game

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pp. 9-10

Like any other game in life, politics is a test of good judgment; of the ability to discern the stakes. People who have succeeded in this intricate game have done so precisely because they have been alert to the inner...

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3. The dual heritage

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pp. 11-29

This man, the Cameroonian that is, with such a rich array of paradoxes, has a past, even if he spends some of his genius trying to obviate this fact. He has a past as surely as he has a future; for Cameroon lived before him...

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4. The political journey

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pp. 30-39

Up until 1999 I was a member of the Liberal Democratic Alliance Party. This Party was born out of a merger between the National Democratic Party, NDP, and the Liberal Democratic Party, LDP, headed respectively by Hon. Henry Fosung and Mola Njoh Litumbe. But on 1 November...

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5. The Social Liberal Congress: genesis and growth

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pp. 40-61

Another thing I said in my letter to the National President of the Liberal Democratic Alliance was that I was going to invest my energy in a more meaningful enterprise. The confluence of energy and...

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6. The October 2004 Presidential elections

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pp. 62-66

Elections are the marketplace where political parties sell their ideologies. The elected buyers, must it be said, are the people; and franchise, that is to say the ballot paper, their money. Armed with their ballot paper, the voters examine the political ideologies and programmes on offer and...

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7. The National Coalition for Reconciliation and Reconstruction (NCRR)

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pp. 67

The dying months of 2003 and the early ones of 2004 were employed by the different political parties on the national scene to plot electoral strategies ahead of the presidential elections of October 2004. One such strategy was...

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E-ISBN-13: 9789956717286
Print-ISBN-13: 9789956558520

Page Count: 120
Publication Year: 2009