Monthly Archives: February 2014

The youth day: is it still relevant?

On February 1961, a plebiscite was held in the people of southern Cameroon where they were asked whether they wanted to achieve independence by joining the republic of Nigerian or by joining the republic of Cameroon. The then northern Cameroon choose to join Nigeria which is the present day Gogola state meanwhile the southern Cameroons choose to remain with the La Republic of Cameroon. On 11th February 1966, the youth day was instituted by the then government of President Amadou Ahidjo to celebrate the unification and as a way of strengthening the newly formed Cameroonian nations.

This year, the youth day was as usual marked by march past and a reflection on the problems of youths and how to overcome them. By far the greatest cry of the youths is the lack of jobs and many of them blame the government for their joblessness. However, the government insist a lot is being done to create jobs and youths need to embrace agriculture and other petty trades as a way of getting out of long term unemployment.

The government has cited a lot of measures being taken to curb long term unemployment. The creation of the National Employment fund to create jobs, the 25.000 jobs of youths of all ages, the recruitment into the youths and the enrollment into the police and army forces. Despite this, the youths still insist a lot still has to be done by the government.

Is this day still relevant or is it a day used by the youth to blame the government for all their problems? Instead of the day being a day to solidify national unity, it is fast becoming a day in which youths go out to eat and drink and forget their problems which has not changed from the way I perceived it when I was in primary and secondary school.

I used to prepare a lot in anticipation of the d day. I usually had my canvass school polished and cleaned and painted with grounded chalk to make them look more new. In addition, my uniform was generally washed and well ironed for the march past. I also used to save some money in a small safe that I would break just before the 11th February. The day itself was a time to march under the burning sun and stroll around with friends. What was your experience of the youth day; please write in the comments below.

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Shortage of water and electricity in the main towns of Cameroon.

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Water and electricity is in short supply in the main towns of Cameroon. From the capital city of Yaoundé to less important towns like Buea, the erratic supply of water and electricity is not leaving tongues rolling. Even the mayor of the city of Buea recently complained during an interview with Cameroon Tribune that he did have neither water nor light in his house for more than a week.

What then is the cause of this shortfall? According the government delegate of the city of Yaoundé, the demand of water out weights the supply making it impossible to satisfy all the neighborhoods. Even the recent inauguration of the Mefou Water Treatment center in Yaoundé could not meet up with the demand. The city officials are adamant that many more cubic meters of water are needed to satisfy all the population.

As for electricity, AES Sonel officials declared recently that some transformers were repaired and that there would be no more rationing of electricity. However, this has not translated to the amelioration of conditions in the ground. There had been several electricity cuts in the town of kumba where I am currently residing.

It is not uncommon to see people with gallons going to fetch water from dubious sources. In Molyko, for example, a student recently confided to me that he spends on average 1000 francs cfa per week to buy water. Given that this water is not inspected by centre Pasteur, we all understand the risk of contacting diseases involved in drinking it.

On the whole, experts are unanimous, that these problems were caused because of lack of investment in the electricity and water subsectors over the past 40 years. It would take some time for the situation to stabilize as old plants are revamped and new ones are built. Until then, Cameroonians, just as other African nations would have to do with the little electricity and water available. I wish you all a nice day.

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Settling for life in Cameroon

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One of the things I was concern about on my return to Cameroon was whether I would be able to do laundry like I was doing before traveling abroad, with my hands. For more than 8 years I traveled to Denmark, I used the washing machine to clean my clothes.

As the saying goes, that old habit die hard, I have started doing my laundry myself and I am even enjoying it. Not only it is satisfying in doing a job like this myself but I feel my clothes are cleaner and fresher when I myself wash them.

For my friends that are back home after a stay abroad, what have been your experiences? Please, write in the comments below.

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Dust in kumba

Kumba is a town in Cameroon of about 300000 inhabitants. This agglomeration at the south west region of the country is an economic and cultural roundabout of commerce and people. Known for its dust in the yesteryears, Kumba now has a network of tarred roads and the streets are well light in the night. Its market attracts business men from all over Cameroon.
Despite this, there is something that has refused to disappear from the streets of the town which is its dust. You would hardly find it in the main roads but going into the quarters is a different story.

I had quite a bad experience recently when I went to visit my friend in another area of the town. In less than no time my shoes where covered in dust as I moved through the untarred road. Each passing motorbike and car raised even more dust and I was covered from head to toe with dust in less than no time.

Another feature in Kumba is the unbelievably high number of motorbikes. There are more motorbikes than cars on the roads. I was told that most people who owed cars have sold them because of the high cost of maintenance in fuel and in spare parts.
However, Kumba would still be Kumba. I encourage all of you to visit it while in Cameroon.

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Who is the devil?

The devil can be described as a wicked evil spirit. Other names for the devil are Satan, Lucifer or Beelzebub. The bible describes the devil as an angel that fell from heaven and decided to rebel against God. A good manifestation of the devil in our everyday lives is witches and wizards, idol worshipers and occultist members. The devil uses evil spirits called demons to afflict people. Demons are regarded as messengers and servants of the devil.

The bible states in john 10:10 that the devil comes to steal, to kill and to destroy but that Jesus came so that we may have life and have it more abundantly. How does the devil kill, steal or destroy? Well, many would ask me how does the devil kill, steal or destroy? He does this by stealing from peoples’ finances, by destroying peoples’ life with numerous addictions, by breaking homes…etc. fortunately; Jesus came so that we should be liberated from all these afflictions of the devil.
The best way to resist or fight against the devil is to know his strength and weaknesses. You have to attack his weaknesses not his strength.

Strength of the devil

He loves conversation

A lot of people reading this blog would certainly ask themselves how does the devil converse? Well, it happens in the mind. Our mind is bombarded by thoughts all the time and some of these thoughts are contrary to the word of God. We engage into conversations with the devil when we meditate or think about these thoughts. All action comes from a thought. You are what you are by the way you think.

In the book of genesis 3:4, when the devil entered the snake and came to beguile Eve, so that she should eat the fruit at the middle of the garden, she meditated in what the devil was telling her instead of pondering on what God told them not to do. Eventually, she went on to eat the fruit at the middle of the garden. If the devil can make you think about a thing, he can make you do it.

He is a liar

In the book of john 8:44, the bible states that the devil is a liar and the father of all liars. The only way you can know the lies of the devil is to have the word of God in your spirit.

Weaknesses of the devil

a) He does not like places of worship and of prayers.
b) He does not like the name of Jesus.
c) Each time that you pray and use the name of Jesus, the devil and his host of demons are disturbed in their kingdom.
d) He does not like the blood of Jesus.
e) He does not like consistent Christians. It is therefore essential to be consistent in our fellowship in the word, in prayers and in the pursuit of the Holy Spirit.
f) He is afraid of Christians who know the word of God.

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The youth day: is it still relevant?

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On February 1961, a plebiscite was held in the people of southern Cameroon where they were asked whether they wanted to achieve independence by joining the republic of Nigerian or by joining the republic of Cameroon. The then northern Cameroon choose to join Nigeria which is the present day Gogola state meanwhile the southern Cameroons choose to remain with the La Republic of Cameroon. On 11th February 1966, the youth day was instituted by the then government of President Amadou Ahidjo to celebrate the unification and as a way of strengthening the newly formed Cameroonian nations.

This year, the youth day was as usual marked by march past and a reflection on the problems of youths and how to overcome them. By far the greatest cry of the youths is the lack of jobs and many of them blame the government for their joblessness. However, the government insist a lot is being done to create jobs and youths need to embrace agriculture and other petty trades as a way of getting out of long term unemployment.

The government has cited a lot of measures being taken to curb long term unemployment. The creation of the National Employment fund to create jobs, the 25.000 jobs of youths of all ages, the recruitment into the youths and the enrollment into the police and army forces.  Despite this, the youths still insist a lot still has to be done by the government.

Is this day still relevant or is it a day used by the youth to blame the government for all their problems? Instead of the day being a day to solidify national unity, it is fast becoming a day in which youths go out to eat and drink and forget their problems which has not changed from the way I perceived it when I was in primary and secondary school.

I used to prepare a lot in anticipation of the d day. I usually had my canvass school polished and cleaned and painted with grounded chalk to make them look more new. In addition, my uniform was generally washed and well ironed for the march past. I also used to save some money in a small safe that I would break just before the 11th February. The day itself was a time to march under the burning sun and stroll around with friends. What was your experience of the youth day; please write in the comments below.

 

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