The Inevitable New State.By Ntemfac Aloysius Nkong Ofege

The Inevitable New State

British Southern Cameroonian writer, Victor Epie Ngome Epie Ngome in What God Has Put Asunder (1992). points out the unworkability of the very idea of a union between British Southern Cameroons and LRC.[1] Using an extended marriage metaphor, Epie Ngome argues that that this was like bringing oil and water together and then hoping for a mixture of sorts.

Susungi (1991) observed that while some telescopic Francophones perceive the unification episode as the reunion of two prodigal sons who had been unjustly separated at birth, the bringing together of Francophones and British Southern Cameroonians was more like a loveless marriage arranged by the United Nations between two people who hardly knew each other.[2] This chapter goes beyond the non-existent factors put in place by the UN, as the primary architect of this trialing, to guarantee its feasibility and workability. We intend to explore the historical, contextual, sociological, political, institutional and constitutional factors that have, over the years, militated for the catastrophic collapse of this experiment. We would argue that since the genesis of the New Social Order by Barrister Gorji Dinka et al in 1985[3] a wild river of British Southern Cameroonian nationalism has been generated.

Steps taken by the regime (violence, divide and rule, corruption, intimidation, etc) are akin to carrying water in a basket or Holding back the tide. It is just a matter of time before British Southern Cameroonian nationalism translates into its logical conclusion i.e. the invention of a new state along the West African coast. Consequently, and, until the official hoisting of the Blue and White Banner upon this territory we would agree with Nantang Jua that, “the most decisive factor in the construction of an British Southern Cameroonian identity, however, has turned out to be the post-colonial nation-state project that led British Southern Cameroonians to imagine Cameroun as a prison rather than as a nation.”[4]

[1] Ngome, V. E. 1992   What God Has Put Asunder (Yaoundé: Pitcher Books Ltd.).

1993   “Anglophobia”, Focus on Africa, 4 (3): 27-29.

[2] Susungi N. N., 1991, The Crisis of Unity and Democracy in Cameroon (no publisher mentioned).

[3] Notes. Genesis of the New Social Order

[4] Nantang Jua et Piet Konings,  Occupation of Public Space Anglophone Nationalism in Cameroon, Cahiers d’études africaines, 175, 2004