PDF | This paper explores the Foumban Talks, the framework Foumban Constitutional conference had divergent prior intentions of the. What has received scant attention until this writing is the real purpose for which the Foumban Conference was convened. The Foumban. These negotiations were concluded at the Foumban Conference in July The general view after the conference was that the delegation.

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History explains why Cameroon is at war with itself over language and culture

If you have a chance, please buy my books too. Decisions of the Foumban Conference. International organisation and integration: Mbile, a Southern Cameroonian representative dde the conference noted, “Free from all the unrest that had scared Southern Cameroonians, the Francophone authorities had picked the place deliberately for the occasion.

On May 6,Ahidjo announces his decision to convert the Federal Republic into a unitary stateon the provision foumbah the idea was supported via referendum.

The animosity is actually between English-speaking Cameroonians and the government led and dominated by French-speaking Cameroonians.

Retrieved from ” https: Your email address will not be published. Journal of Global Initiatives: Official sources have put the number at 17 dead, but local individuals and groups conferencf talked of 50 or more.

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Where can I find your book sir? It is worth nothing that most British Southern Cameroonians welcomed the Founban Conference with mixed feelings. Advocates conferemce Federation want a return to the constitution agreed upon in the Foumban Conference that acknowledges the history and culture of the two regions while giving equal power to the two. While many Northwesterners and Southwesterners believe there is an anglophone problem, some do not.


Republish our articles for free, online or in print, under Creative Commons license. The current dispute is between the part of the country that was once run by the British, and the larger part where French is spoken and which was once run by the French. They want an end to annexation and assimilation and more respect from the government for their language and political philosophies.

Dialogue and diplomacy are foremost. It was an assertion of autonomy.

confrrence The Anglophone Problemas it is commonly referred to in Cameroonis a socio-political issue rooted in Cameroon’s colonial legacies from the GermansBritishand the French. Leave a comment Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Negotiating an Anglophone Identity: Conferencee colonizer would later influence the colonies with their European languages and cultures, thus rendering them as Anglophones and Francophones.

Southern Cameroonians wanted nothing more to do with Nigeria. The Federal Republic of Cameroon was to have a single nationality. Views Read Edit View conferemce. The president of the National Assembly became the constitutional successor of the president. A Federal National Assembly of 50 members was created 10 of it members were to come from West Foumabn.

These agreements must be revisited and respected if the crisis is to end. In October lawyers went on a strike in an effort to force the government to stop appointing Francophone magistrates who spoke no English and had no training in common law to preside over courts in the Anglophone regions.

The climate in Foumban real or artificial went far to convince us that despite the stories of ‘murder and fire,’ there could be at least this island of peace, east of the Mungo.

On the one hand, they were happy that some of their proposals in The Bamenda Conference of Junefor instance, English and French should be the official languages of the Federal Republic was adopted, and on the other hand, they cconference disappointed because they had insisted that the President of The Federal Republic should be a ceremonial head and should not have absolute powers.


The government also shut down internet and other communication services in Anglophone regions to stop people sharing information and organising. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Lawyers, Teachers, and Transporters. The Anglophones, who received none of the support promised by the British or the UN, were effectively sidelined.

By the end of the conference, instead of creating an entirely new constitution, the contributions of the Southern Cameroons delegates were reflected in suggestions made to the draft initially presented to them. You are commenting using your WordPress. Opponents of federation include the confeernce Cameroon Peoples Democratic Movement. Buea was to be the capital of West Cameroon. The Anglophone Cameroon Predicament.

Anglophone problem

The dignity and statehood of Anglophones was silently destroyed — not by the French-speaking Francophone community at large, but by the government led and dominated by Francophones. Fanso Professor of History, University of Yaounde.

This vote was prompted by a British report that insisted its former territory would not survive economically on its own. The root of the Anglophone problem in Cameroon can be traced back to the Foumban Conference of that united the two territories, with different colonial legacies, into one state. Shamed by international condemnation, President Biya reinstated communication services three months later. Over the next few days a number of people were killed, some reports suggesting 17 others suggesting as many as Southern West Cameroon Revisited The incumbent, Paul Biya, reads English with difficulty.

The Federal states of West Cameroon and east Cameroon were ed and Cameroon was divided into 7 provinces.