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Southern West Cameroon Revisited Volume Two

Southern West Cameroon Revisited Volume Two

Anthony Ndi

Publication Year: 2014

This book argues that Southern Cameroons up to the late 1960s had extensively developed an evolved mature, political culture. It was amazingly led by a range of: simple, visionary, austere, honest, peace-loving and realistic leaders, almost without exception; vintage products of their epoch. Distinguished by good governance; throughout it organized frequent free, fair and transparent elections, peaceful handover of power and enjoyed free primary and adult education. It was further crowned with an ideal, efficient civil service, literally, corruption free. In fact, the period, 1955-1968 in the history of Southern Cameroons qualifies as a ìGolden Ageî for that nostalgic state, whose citizens were repeatedly referred to as ìnice, peace loving, loyal, good and hospitable peopleî by administrators, missionaries, visitors and those who got to know them closely. The most remarkable observation however, was that finally made by Malcolm Milne, the greatest critic, who noted that during his last couple of years in the Southern Cameroons administration, he dealt with: ìPeople of high intelligence who knew exactly what they wanted.î Of the civil servants, he maintains that they had greatly enriched his time in the colonial service; ìThere was something very special about that corps; their service was their watch word.î This superlative description by Malcolm Milne was being made of a combination of the people of the present North and South West Regions, whom he saw as a socio-cultural, economic and political unit. It is therefore obvious that from 1955 - 1968, Southern West Cameroon came close towards becoming an ideal state.

Published by: African Books Collective

Title Page, Copyright, Dedication, About this Book, Praise, About the Author

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pp. i-iv

Contents

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pp. v-viii

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Preface - Historiography and Truth

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pp. ix-x

As I read in the post script of this work “Isolated facts in history make no sense. They must be seen in the context of place, time and circumstance.” I understand from this that there is a certain unity in history or that all history constitutes a whole. This brings to mind an important statement of the Second Vatican Council on the subject....

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xi-xii

This book has been realized with noteworthy contributions from several institutions and individuals. Among these, are public archives including: the Buea National Archives, (NAB) the Bamenda Regional Archives (BRA) and the St. Thomas Aquinas Major Seminary (STAMS), Bambui, library and archives. Further to these, I was...

Lists of Photographs & Maps

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pp. xiii-xiv

Abbreviations

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pp. xv-xvi

Images

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pp. xvii-xviii

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Chapter 1 - Independence and Reunification: An Analysis of Basic Issues

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pp. 1-24

Southern West Cameroon Revisited, is a series comprising two volumes with a central theme hinged on its historical, geographical, socioeconomic, cultural and political evolution, re-examined in commemoration of the Golden Jubilee or Fiftieth Anniversary celebrations. However, while Volume One tackles generic questions on...

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Chapter 2 - Natural Blend: Grassland, Forest and Coast

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pp. 25-66

Southern Cameroonian roots are firm both adventurous, spreading far and wide, as well as, radical, penetrating deep down to the rocks. Thus, the geographical blending of grassland, forest and coast like in the principle of the “Repulsion of like charges” inextricably complement each other - bonding them not necessarily because they are similar, but...

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Chapter 3 - North and South West: Factors in Reunification

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pp. 67-104

The strength of the nation at large depends on the coherence of the individual families, ethnic groups and larger units that constitute it. And, since much of the art of nation building from disparate polities is done by using the rear mirror of history to chart the way forward, the examples of the rise and decline of old nations and states is usually...

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Chapter 4 - Southern Cameroons: Political Maturity

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pp. 105-138

This chapter, elaborately, and in comparative terms demonstrates using various parameters, the extent to which Southern Cameroons up to the mid-1960s, had extensively developed an evolved, mature, political culture. It was remarkably led by a range of: simple, visionary, austere, honest, peace-loving and realistic leaders almost without exception ...

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Chapter 5 - President Ahidjo: Alpha And Omega

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pp. 139-180

In profile, President Ahmadou Ahidjo was immensely a larger than life French colonial creation intended to serve their primordial objectives in subjugating the Trust Territory of French Cameroon to the policy of assimilation. Initially, he was used as a surrogate to replace Andre Marie Mbida, the first French Cameroun Prime Minister, who had...

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Postscript

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pp. 181-188

Let me start this postscript with a quote from: God’s Little Devotional Book for Graduates.

When Honorius was Emperor of Rome, the great Coliseum was often filled to overflowing with spectators who came from far and wide to watch the state-sponsored games. Part of the sport venue consisted of human beings doing battle with wild beasts or...

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Historiography - A Brief Note about History

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pp. 189-194

History is written following set principles defined by “It is History and not the Historians that Society Requires” (Marwick) and not merely the presentation of a catalogue of facts. Isolated facts in history make no sense. They must be seen in the context of place, time and circumstance. That is why similar facts and events occurring or...

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Epilogue

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pp. 195-212

Professor Victor Ngoh epitomizes history, history of Cameroon, and especially the history of sentiments that are goading Cameroon’s English population. In featuring an exclusive interview with this unassuming but well-versed intellectual, we would be attempting to find answers to the numerous “why” that has cast doubts on the honesty of...

Appendices

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pp. 213-242

Bibliography

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pp. 243-244

Index

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pp. 245-256

Back Cover

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p. 257-257


E-ISBN-13: 9789956791101
Print-ISBN-13: 9789956791323

Page Count: 276
Publication Year: 2014