NATION IN VIEW: CAMEROON
THINGS WILL COME TOGETHER
With all of the various events going on in our world, including in Afrika, it’s quite easy to fall into some kind of despair, with the tendency to give up on life and even think that our purpose and destiny as individuals or a people have gone beyond coming to pass. But the thing is, all things will come together for our good in due time if we just step out of our own way. This particular message is for Cameroon but it’s also about Afrika and the Afrikan people, who have borne the pain of much loss over many generations.
It is very easy to see that the entire world is under some stress or the other, and largely so not because it has anything to do directly with the will of God for the nations of the earth, but mainly because a group of people who called themselves globalists and who by their various arms of control of various sectors of the global space, are determined to carry their global domination agenda to its fullness. This has been one reason why Afrika has been in the backward spin she has been in for decades, just so that she remains the “farm” where the nations of the world get the resources for their advancement at the expense of growth for Afrika. And, we also now know that when any of the leaders in Afrika rise up to challenge the narrative, they are killed. We cannot turn a blind eye to the deaths of the Presidents of Haiti, Tanzania, Burundi etc., and the recent failed assassination plot against the new transitional President of Mali and the President of Madagascar. What do most of them have in common? You may ask. They all took a stand against the global push for vaccines, which they all knew was not a preventive medicine for the issue of Covid-19, but a poison to further weaken the human immune system, in preparation for a global depopulation agenda and a stronger hold on humanity.
So it’s quite a distressing and stressful season in the history of the world. But it still remains that all things that have fallen apart before, will come together for good.
Cameroon, is a country that is located at the junction of western and central Afrika. Its ethnically diverse population is among the most urban in western Afrika. The capital is Yaounde, located in the south-central part of the country.
The country’s name is derived from Rio dos Camarões (“River of Prawns”)—the name given to the Wouri River estuary by Portuguese explorers of the 15th and 16th centuries. Camarões was also used to designate the river’s neighboring mountains. Until the late 19th century, English usage confined the term “the Cameroons” to the mountains, while the estuary was called the Cameroons River or, locally, the Bay. In 1884 the Germans extended the word Kamerun to their entire protectorate, which largely corresponded to the present state.
Cameroon is triangular in shape and is bordered by Nigeria to the northwest, Chad to the northeast, the Central African Republic to the east, the Republic of the Congo to the southeast, Gabon and Equatorial Guinea to the south, and the Atlantic Ocean to the southwest.
Cameroonian Society and Culture
Cameroon has a diverse population, comprising approximately 250 ethnic groups that then form 5 regional/cultural groups. These are western highlanders (also called grassfielders), who include the Bamileke, Bamoun, and many smaller groups in the northwest; coastal tropical forest people, who include the Bassa, Doula, and many smaller groups in the southwest; southern tropical forest people, who include the Beti, Beulu, Fang, and Pygmies; Muslims of the northern semi-arid regions and central highlands, who include the Fulani; and the Kirdi, non-Muslim peoples of the northern desert and central highlands.
The constitution guarantees freedom of religion, but the statistics do vary from different sources about what percentage of Camerooneans fall into any particular religion. Most common is that, about 40% of the population follows some form of indigenous belief, 40% adhere to a form of Christianity, and 20% are Muslim. The various religious groups get along reasonably well, although there have been some problems reported by religious minorities in various parts of the country. The north of the country is primarily Muslim while the south tends to have more Christians, just like it is with their neighbour, Nigeria.
For the general Afrikan people, family and community are such a huge aspect of life. In the case of Cameroon, and largely for Afrika as a whole, the extended family is the focus of the social system. The extended family includes grandparents, cousins, aunts, uncles, etc. In Afrika, members of the extended family are considered as close as the nuclear family is in the West.
Family obligations take precedence over pretty much everything else in life. Individuals achieve recognition and social standing through their extended family. The young are expected to care for elderly members of the extended family; retirement homes are an alien concept in Cameroon and in Afrika as a whole. In fact, children learn the pathways of cultural wisdom not from school, such things are not taught there, but from grandparents. Meaning that instead of finding a grandparent in retirement homes like you see in the West, you find grandparents either living with their children or in their own homes but closely monitiored and cared for by the entire family of children and grandchildren.
As with many family orientated cultures, nepotism does not have a negative connotation. In fact, hiring relatives is part of the cultural context, since it not only provides for the family, but also ensures that Cameroonians work with those they know and trust.
Cameroonians who have a common background tend to organize themselves into small groups commonly called associations. Individual members refer to themselves as sons and daughters of a given community.
Associations handle two major financial activities. A trouble bank is a special assistance fund to which every member contributes money at regular intervals and from which money is given to members who fall victim to a misfortune. A “njangi” is a financial activity similar to a bank based on mutual trust. An unemployed but hard working association member who does not own property or real estate may receive a loan from the njangi.
The Afrikan path
While I am not here to bad-mouth anyone or any race of people, but I think I owe it to myself and the Afrikan people to remind us that, before the coming of the white man who later became colonialists and whatever else they became across time, Afrikans were not known for all the diseases, wickedness, global domination push, mental weakness, and the heartless things we have come to be accustomed to globally. Afrikans were known for life and original thoughts which were guided by wisdom and the knowledge that comes through an understanding of spirituality and the surrounding natural environment. We are carriers of life, health, lovers of brotherhood and creators of healthy communities, which were built with one thing in mind-UBUNTU. All of these good things and character of the Afrikan people have been watered down to the point were, its now big news when an Afrikan does good or excels in a particular sector of the society. As if the original pattern of the Afrikan person was that of failure. In fact, I hate the phrase they now use when an Afrikan does something spectacular. They say he or she ‘has put the name of his or her country in the global map’. How stupid that is. Afrika as the Mother continent heself is the definition of a global map and we don’t need any Afrikan achievement to put us on the global map.
We have to correct all this twisted narrative of backward, brainless and rudderless Afrikans. This, in its totality, is what it means that things will come together again and the true identity of the Afrikan will again manifest for all to see.
Know this, that you, the people of Cameroon, are loved by the Creator who made you and placed you in this magnificent continent called Afrika. Do not despair nor be discouraged for all things will come together for your good and the good of Afrika. God bless you.
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Samuel Phillips is a writer, graphic designer, photographer, songwriter, singer and a lover of God. As an Afrikan content creator, he is passionate about creating a better image and positive narrative about Afrika and Afrikans. He is a true Afrikan who believes that the true potential of Afrika and Afrikans can manifest through God and accurate collaborations between Afrikans. Afrika is the land of kings, emperors, original wisdom, ancient civilizations, great men and women and not some road-side-aid-begging poor third world continent that the world finds joy in undermining.