Its History and Prospects as an Opposition Political Party (1990-2011)
Cameroon’s Social Democratic Front (SDF) was among the watershed challenges in 1990 by sub-Saharan Africa’s democratization forces against autocratic regimes, but it crested in 1992 and has subsided since. Yet the party survives, participates in the National Assembly, maintains a grassroots structure, and prepares for a presidential ballot in 2011 that will probably determine its fate. The author conducted research four (...)
A Test of Anglophone Solidarity
This book richly documents the battles fought by the Anglophone community in Cameroon to safeguard the General Certificate of Education (GCE), a symbol of their cherished colonial heritage from Britain, from attempts by agents of the Ministry of National Education to subvert it. These battles opposed a mobilised and determined Anglophone civil society against numerous machinations by successive Francophone- dominated governments to destroy their much prided (...)
Resistance & the Inception of the Restoration of the Statehood of Southern Cameroons
It always comes as a surprise to many that the British-administered UN Trust Territory of the Southern Cameroons was not granted independence like other colonial territories but was allowed to fall prey to the territorial expansionism of the contiguous state of Cameroun Republic, a former French-administered UN Trust Territory granted independence on 1 January 1960. This book focuses on the unresolved (...)
The Law and My Times
This book explores the latent and sometimes overt undercurrents that have shaped the judicial history of Cameroon since the United Nations Trusteeship period. It is an insightful account by a critical observer privileged to serve as Director of Public Prosecutions and a judge in a post-independence context characterized by dual and often conflictual legal systems inspired by French and English colonialism.
Justice Nyo’Wakai demonstrates how the conflict of judicial (...)
Choice or Betrayal
The United Nations-organised plebiscite on 11 February 1961 was one of the most significant events in the history of the southern and northern parts of the British-administered trust territory in Cameroon. John Percival was sent by the then Colonial Office as part of the team to oversee the process. This book captures the story of the plebiscite in all its dimensions and intricacies and celebrates the author’s admiration for things African through a series of (...)
Immigration, Public Space and Community in Colonial Douala, Cameroon, 1914-1960
Confusion, struggle, commotion and absurdity: these characterise the urban encounter between the African immigrant community and colonial officials in Douala, Cameroon. Even the physical landscape reflects a painfully enduring history of marginalisation, of exclusion from power and privilege.
This book studies a community of African immigrants - or ’strangers’ - designated to quarters in New Bell, Douala, in (...)
God the Politician is a compelling analytical, critical, informed and largely eyewitness account of the major events that have taken place in Cameroon since the return of multiparty politics in the 1990s. The accession of Paul Biya to power under the one-party regime in 1982 and the attempt to overthrow him in a coup d’état in 1984 are told in flashback, so are the excesses of power without responsibility that have come to be associated with over 25 years of Biya as President. Most of the (...)
The Story of My Life
Royalty and Politics is the fascinating autobiographical account of a life rich in controversy, leadership, service, achievement and innovation. Born 1925 into the prominent and influential royal family of Mankon in the Bamenda Grassfields of Cameroon, Solomon Anyeghamotü Ndefru least expected becoming king, only to find himself the chosen one following the death of his father in 1959. As Fo Angwafo III of Mankon, one of the most educated ‘traditional rulers’ at the dawn (...)
Récemment les activités des pirates sur la corne de l’Afrique ont suscité d’énormes intérêts d’un phénomène historique qui jadis fit loi en haute mer. Il s’agit de prise d’hottages. Comment combattre de tels phénomènes est l’objectif premier de ce traité.
Par son récit autobiographique, Le Marin combattant devenu paisible, Thomas Lurting (1632-1713) se distingue comme l’une des figures emblématiques du Quakerisme originel. Avec ce récit, il porte le combat des Quakers sur la scène maritime. Il situe une (...)
The UN, the UK and the Trust Territory of the Southern Cameroons
There is a growing body of literature on what was originally envisioned as a free political association of the French and British Cameroons and its dramatic effects on the ’British Cameroons’ community. Anyangwe’s new book is an attempt to write the history of the Southern Cameroons from a legal perspective. This authoritative work describes in great detail the story of La Republique du Cameroun’s alleged annexation and (...)