ISBN 9781942876120
Pages 374
Dimensions 234 x 156 mm
Published 2016
Publisher Spears Media Press, Cameroon
Format Paperback

The Golden Age of Southern Cameroons

Prime Lessons for Cameroon

by Anthony Ndi

This book argues that since the emergence of the Cameroon National Union (CNU) and the one-party state in 1966, Cameroonians have progressively degenerated into the syndrome of collective amnesia inspired by a culture of sycophancy, glorifying and deifying political leadership. These developments stand in stark contrast to what obtained in the nascent Southern Cameroons – the UN Trust territory administered by Britain until 1961 when its population voted overwhelmingly by 70.5% to gain their independence by establishing a federation with the then French-speaking Republic of Cameroon. From the late 1950s until the dismantling of the Cameroon Federation, Southern Cameroons and later West Cameroon had a vibrant parliament, a House of Chiefs (or Senate), an independent Judiciary, an ideal, corruption-free Public Service, a state government with ministers presided over by an Executive Prime Minister and, for a decade, West Cameroon provided the Vice Presidency for the Federal Republic of Cameroon. In what may be accurately described as Prof Anthony Ndi’s seminal work, he contends and rightly so that solutions to the legion of problems that plague contemporary Cameroon may be easily found in the pages of The Golden Age of Southern Cameroons. Agents for this transformation do not have to be invented or imported from Mars; all we need is a patriotic spirit, political will, readiness to dialogue, transparency and commitment to democracy.

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About the Author

Anthony Ndi

Anthony Ndi is Associate Professor of History and current Deputy Vice Chancellor for Research and Cooperation and Head of the History Department in the Catholic University of Cameroon (CATUC), Bamenda – holds a PhD in African History from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. He has published numerous articles and books, and belongs to several professional history and related associations. He has a passion for historical research.

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