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The Reunification Debate in British Southern Cameroons

Reunification Debate in British Southern Cameroons, The

Joseph Lon Nfi

Publication Year: 2014

This book is a succinct account of the role immigrants from French Cameroon played in the Reunification politics in the Southern Cameroons. The study reveals that these ìstrangersî organised themselves in Pressure Groups in order to fight for equal opportunities with the indigenes and when such opportunities were not coming, they initiated the Reunification Idea, propagated it and converted many reluctant Southern Cameroonians. They militated in pro-reunification political parties such as the KNC, KNDP, UPC and OK and successfully shifted the reunification idea from the periphery to the centre of Southern Cameroons decolonisation politics. The immigrants convinced the UN through petitions and reunification which was the most unpopular option for independence became one of the two alternatives at the 1961 plebiscite. They and the reluctant KNDP campaigned and voted for it. The Reunification of Cameroon was therefore the handiwork of French Cameroon immigrants.

Published by: African Books Collective

Title Page, Copyright Page

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pp. i-ii


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pp. iii-iv

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pp. v-vi

This book is the outcome of a research work for the terminal degree started in 2008. The objective was to investigate the role “settlers” from French Cameroon played in the decolonisation politics of the British Southern Cameroons. Following a..

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pp. vii-viii

La tradition jusqu’ ici respectée est de voir les intellectuels camerounais d’expression anglaise, communément appelés « anglophones », s’intéresser principalement dans leurs écrits au « problème anglophone ». Dans un article que j’ai eu à publier il...

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pp. ix-xxii

The contact between the peoples of Africa and European civilization greatly changed the phase of the African continent. By the last decades of the nineteenth century, almost all of Africa had been placed under European rule and domination...

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Chapter 1. The Anglo-French Partition of Cameroon

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pp. 1-42

When the First World War started in Europe in 1914, Imperial Germany wished to confined it to Europe and to neutralize the colonies. The motive was not to scandalize the Africans with the spectre of the white man fighting his brother. At first the Belgian...

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Chapter 2. Immigrations, Settlements and Occupations of French Cameroon Immigrants

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pp. 43-90

Several factors led to the immigration of many French Cameroonians to the Southern Cameroons after the First World War. These factors could be examined under the push and pull forces of the exodus. These push and pull forces were the considerations that...

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Chapter 3. Social Life among French Cameroon Immigrants

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pp. 91-128

The immigrants did not only settle in distinctive communities or quarters, they also grouped themselves in tribal and self-help associations. The most important immigrant social or cultural groups...

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Chapter 4. French Cameroon Immigrants and the Reunification Idea

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pp. 129-174

Many authors have written on the reunification of the Southern Cameroons and the Republic of Cameroon effectively achieved in 1961. The most outstanding of these scholars are; M. Z. Njeuma. B. Chem-Langhëë, Le Vine, Claude Welch, E. Chiabi, D. Gardinier, J....

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Chapter 5. French Cameroon Immigrants and Reunification Politics

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pp. 175-236

During the Mamfe conference that held from May 22 to 25, 1953, Robert Jabea Kum Dibongue and Dr Emmanuel Endeley agreed to merge their political associations, the KUNC and the CNF respectively and this resulted in the formation of the Kamerun...

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Chapter 6. French Cameroonians and The Plebiscite, 1959-1961

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pp. 237-288

French Cameroon immigrants, political refugees and political leaders visiting the Southern Cameroons actively participated in and promoted the reunification debate from 1956. As the reunification drive disappeared amongst Southern Cameroonians following...

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Chapter 7. French Cameroonians and Reunification Negotiations, 1959-1961

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pp. 289-338

When the plebiscite alternatives were published, the KNDP and the CPNC started negotiating with the Republic of Cameroon and the Federation of Nigeria respectively on what form of political system or union to be adopted. John Ngu Foncha and Ahmadou Ahidjo...

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Chapter 8. General Conclusion

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pp. 339-352

The First World War brought considerable suffering to the colonized peoples of Cameroon. It caused enormous social, economic and political dislocation and inspired increase resistance to Imperial institutions. Germany lost Cameroon and all its other African...

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pp. 379-385

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E-ISBN-13: 9789956791583
Print-ISBN-13: 9789956791675

Page Count: 408
Publication Year: 2014