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The Memoir of a Southern Cameroonian

Emmanuel Fru Doh

Publication Year: 2013

In Nomads, Emmanuel Fru Doh combines historical fact, legend, and rumour to emerge with a memoir charged with nostalgia. In the process, he merges scenes and events from several lives and the process of nation building as they all unfold and mature with the passing of time. It becomes obvious that these are somber moments in Dohís life and that of the Cameroon nation, a nation that in recent decades selfish and reckless leaders without goodwill, foresight, or true love for the fatherland have succeeded in destroying. It all boils down to one fact: indeed, there has always been a socio-political agenda by the Francophone-dominated regimes, but it had nothing to do with building a truly united Cameroon. The plan has always been to tactfully subdue and eventually neutralize the Anglophone dimension of the union.

Published by: African Books Collective

Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. i-iv

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pp. v-vi

...I changed my uncle’s name in order to maintain his privacy and integrity. This venture is not about him, yet that is what it will become, I suspect, should I disclose his identity. It is also worthwhile noting that...

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pp. 1-20

...In the land of my birth, those of us once referred to as Southern Cameroonians, and later West Cameroonians, have had just too many things visited upon us as a result of our reunification with La République du Cameroun for us to forget that easily. A few examples are the closing of the Bota oil mill, which produced and exported palm kernel oil; the engineered fall of Powercam...

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pp. 21-34

...I was also growing up, and soon it was time for school and my doting father had me registered at the Roman Catholic Mission (RCM) School Buea Town where my older sister, Rita, and my young uncle, Vince, were already pupils. My mother’s life became a nightmare as she fussed about my safety. Her worry was about how I would go across the main highway that formed part of Bongo’s Square safely since the school was on the other side of town. My mother would worry until...

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pp. 35-48

...Federal Republic of Cameroon, with the former Southern Cameroons known as West Cameroon. The story was that Southern Cameroons and Ahidjo’s La République du Cameroun, which the British and the French used to administer, albeit separately, and so were English and French speaking respectively, had agreed to join and emerge as a nation. Before this merger, Ahidjo’s...

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pp. 49-66

...Police Barracks where we used to live, a wonderful opportunity for me to see some old faces again, that I guessed where we were going. Together we visited Mr. Gregory Njawe, our former neighbor in Line 2 of Old Barracks, and there we met Vince doing the dishes. I assumed Mr. Njawe must have informed...

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pp. 67-82

...another. To do this, the potential traveler had, in advance, to track “Powercam,” celebrating the coming of electricity into nurses’ aides, nurses, nursing sisters, and doctors, they also official sitting in a room and attending to patients through an along with the patient’s personal information: address, date of ...

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pp. 83-92

...keep Nigeria one is a task that must be done.” On the Biafran internal vigilance, Biafra be vigilant!” Who did not know the political victory for Ahidjo, a coup d’état in other words, and sterilization, at the very least, or annihilation in the extreme, of Ahidjo’s political rivals and avowed opponents, especially ...

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pp. 93-104

...outside. Just then, another round of banging started. It was as listen to the police man shouting angrily in French at her; not past in a single file and I identified the offender. I never knew reported this scoundrel to the disciplinary unit, that is if they that the colonial cultures we inherited are vastly different is to ...

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pp. 105-120

...scholar, Bate Bessong, declared us “beasts of no nation.” We very least. This latter group thinks we ought to stay and fight privately owned, while the rest of the population is willing to cannot eradicate or destroy at once. If not for the fact that for “motherland” had rejected, to benefit from a tried Southern ...

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pp. 121-140

...Cameroon after having been warned of the dimension things had taken in Bamenda. Initially, it meant little to the people until its implications started trickling down to the masses: there was going to be an all night curfew from 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. There would be no vehicles moving, everyone was to carry identification...

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pp. 141-154

...It was late afternoon the very next day after my close encounter with gendarmes near Ngomgham Government Primary School, and I was sitting in my lounge wondering where the nation was headed when I heard the gunshots echoing off the slope on which my house was lodged. I pulled aside the thick drapes and peeked...

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pp. 155-164

...North West Province, in fact the whole of Anglophone Cameroon, in 1979, when their darling football team, PWD Bamenda climbed to a high point such that it was an authority in Cameroonian football. They were to play the finals of the Cameroon nation’s cup against Dynamo, Douala, and virtually everyone was sure Bamenda was going to win that cup that year...

Back cover

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p. 172-172

E-ISBN-13: 9789956790340
Print-ISBN-13: 9789956790890

Page Count: 168
Publication Year: 2013