French-kidnapped family still in the claws of Boko Haram

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French family facing hell

By Anthony Njie

Boko Haram Nigerian terrorists released a broadcast on March 18th 2012, showing a man, allegedly the father of the French family that was kidnapped recently in Northern Cameroon, pleading France  and Cameroon to “do all they can” as a bargain for their freedom.

Nigerian journalists received this video footage in which the victim, Tanguy Moulin-Fournie read a communiqué in French and English, painstakingly evoking the deplorable living conditions under which they have been kept for almost a month now.

In the footage, Moulin-Fournier ascertains they are in the hands of Jamaatu Ahlisunnah Lidda’awatiwal Jihad, the Arabic name for the Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram.

“We are loosing strength as days go by and we are already manifesting the first signs of an illness,” he stressed.” Water, heat, food and sleep in Africa under those conditions makes living a nightmare for whites and worse for the kids,” he lamented.

His plea to the French ambassador to Nigeria and the President of the Cameroon Paul Biya respectively hinges on a petition addressed by Boko Haram: “free political prisoners of the Islamist group found in Nigeria and Cameroon.”

The Moulin-Fournier family, made up of four children aged between 5-12 years was kidnapped on Febuary, 19th 2012 on a borderline between Nigeria and Cameroon. Five days later, individuals claiming affiliation with the terrorist group did an online-broadcast of a video footage of this family from an unidentified site.

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UB: Incoming VC pledges commitment in her new post.

The newly appointed vice chancellor of the University of Buea, Prof Nalova Lyonga says she would do every thing within her reach to take the institution to unprecedented heights.

Prof Nalova made this declaration shortly after her appointment last Friday, June 29th 2012, following the presidential degree. She expressed sincere gratitude to state authorities for giving her the opportunity to manage this institution. Prof Nalova further promised to work relentlessly with her team to put the University of Buea on the lamplight.

While acknowledging the challenges ahead of her, she enjoined the administration, the staff workers, the students and the community of Buea at large to work in collaboration and unity in a bid to foster harmony and development.

UB students awaiting the new VC, Prof Nalova Lyonga

The Director of English Programmes at the Faculty of Art, Dr. Fontem Niba lauded the appointment saying that he believes “the incoming vice chancellor would be ale to clear out some issues which have been potential source of conflict in the election of academic officials.”Dr Fontem explained that though meetings have been held at various levels of the educational ladder in view of the implementation of the electoral process in academy, he is confident that Prof Nalova should set the pace for this practice and end the growing discord that has been prevailing in the academic body.  Commenting on her personality, he said “we understand her to be a good listener, a pragmatic person and a realist, with those three qualities, unless subverted by her new position, there is a good reason to be optimistic”

Meanwhile the administration, lecturers’ body, students and even the support staff hold this promotion in great esteem, looking forward to a new dawn in the daily running of activities in the institution as she officially assume office work on Wednesday 4th July 2012.

Cameroon Military Defence Forces honour meritorious officials

Some top officials of the military def

cross section of officials getting set for the epaulettes decoration

ence forces received epaulettes raising them to new ranks within their profession.

The ceremony took place last Sunday 2nd July 2012, at the Buea independent square and was presided over by the governour of the South West region, Bernard Okhalai Bilai,

In all, 12 officials have been promoted to serve new positions, within the military corps.6 commissioners were decorated with public forces medals. From the nationals gendarmerie 4 officials have been lifted to the post of lieutenant colonels in the military. Captain Epie Lazarus has moved to the rank of major, while in the military lieutenant Tatah Mbag has now assumed the post of captain.

Speaking at the Mbongo square, one of the recipients, Colonel Afunchi Emmanuel expressed his joy and satisfaction regarding the epaulette as a reward for hard work and endurance in his career. Lieutenant Tatah Mbog on his part appreciated the initiative adding that it would stir up some officials who are sleeping on their laurels to ardently serve this nation.

The event ended up at 1pm with a military parade and the handing over of bouquets of flower from close relatives and friends.

Ngwane Hansel – It´s About Time (Standup Comedy Performance)

 

Ngwane Hansel is young Cameroonian and TV personality on the famous programme “The Hansel Show” on HI TV community station. He thrills the crowd with half an hour of pure intellectual stand up comedy. This is the height of English comedy from Cameroon and Africa as a whole. His funny actions and statements on scene give audiences a rush for uncontrollable laughter. The themes of his comedy are a social reflection of the realities Cameroonians face daily.It is an art work that appears to be the basis for a true entertainment industry here in the South West Region and in Cameroon in general.

ASJUB Open Day: JMC majors ready to take on the job market.

JMC majors in the University of Buea have been enjoined to harness and maintain a sense of professionalism in their job practice in a bid to stand out by the time they leave for

JMC majors performing

the market world.

The admonishment was made last Friday, June 15th 2012 on the occasion of the Association of Student Journalists of the University of Buea, ASJUB.

Speaking at the premises of the Open Commons of the University of Buea, The Deputy General Manager of Spectrum Communications Group of Companies, Bernard Fomunke said the media landscape in Cameroon is witnessing a great revolution with more and more TV stations and radio stations being created every day. Bernard added that this has tilted the stakes involved such that it no longer suffice to do creative and media planning without market research for instance. So for these reasons recruitment nowadays is done based on the value of the employee to deliver the skills required.He pointed out that in addition to building convincing CV job seekers must master the tips that lead to a successful interview once they are going for a tete-a-tete with the employer.

Editor in Chief of the English Desk for Equinoxe TV, Tamfu Harrison on his part talked about the various challenges journalists face while doing the profession in Cameroon. Harrison admitted that meager salaries must often compel reporters to seek for payola and freebies from their news sources. At times employers who are less knowledgeable on the ethics of the profession also dictate the editorial policy to follow in the station. He also counted technological difficulties and corruption as ills that are detrimental to the profession, emphasizing that ” those who will build a clean reputation in this field would enjoy the work of their endurance and patience.”

Other speakers included the CEO of ERUDEF, Micelise Kemyi who talked on social media and environmental reporting and Head of AFRICAPHONY, Mwalimu Georges Ngwane who on his part schooled the students on social media and cultural reporting.

Cameroon Dethrone Ghana In Women’s Football

Cameroon has dethroned Ghana as the second best African female football team on the continent.

According to the latest ranking released by the world governing football soccer  federation, FIFA  the Lionesses have migrated to the 50th position with their victory over the Black Stars of Ghana.

The latest ranking, which comes barely few days to this weekend’s Africa Women’s Championship (AWC) qualifier between Cameroon and Ghana, confirms the rising status of the former in the women’s game.

The first leg in Accra a fortnight ago ended one all and the Black Queens must win in Yaoundé to qualify for the AWC scheduled for Equatorial Guinea in November.

Also bound for the London 2012 Olympic Games together with South Africa, the Cameroonians strode to their highest ever position on the FIFA rankings, which places them behind Nigeria continentally.

The development adds to the dwindling fortunes of the Black Queens who have placed second fiddle to the Super Falcons since the institution of the rankings.

The Queens highest ever ranking was 48th position, achieved exactly four years ago.

Nigeria, the only African team in the world’s top 30 are ranked 27.

South Africa, Equatorial Guinea, Cote d’Ivoire, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria and Senegal complete the top 10 ranked teams in Africa.

A group of unidentified armed robbers carried out an operation last Thursday June 12th, 2011 at about the hours of 9 pm in Biaka Street assaulting one Joseph Tasofore after his hard day at the office.
Joseph T. was back from his job site at the Family Federation Office in Molyko.They had had a brief meeting with the staff and he was about to go on trip to Bertoua.He narrates that as he stepped out of the car a gang of youngsters approached him. “They assaulted me with a gun, treathening to shoot if I dare shout.I said to myself I will not die in silence, so I shouted  at the peak of my voice. My wife and kid heard me so they carried on,”he painfully recalls the incident.The victim said, that gesture angered the thieves who began slashing his skin at random.”They fell on me, the first cut was on my hand, the second on my head and the third one on my face,”he explained while showing the spots.
The wife of the victim, Catherine Tasefore confessed hearing the dog seriously barking a few minutes prior to the assault but reluctantly thaught it was due to passers-by. Catherine said her attention was drawn by her daughter who told her:” Mumy some boys are bitting papa outside” She immediately rushed to the balcony and began shouting for help. Though these armed robbers treathened to shoot if she did not keep quiet, she said “I continued so they fired the gun fortunately it did not get at me”
Joseph T. said the armed robbers must have probably learnt that his son was back from the States that is why they came hoping to meet him at home. But he was here just for research with the Panafricaan institute and left a day ago to process his travelling documents in Yaounde. The thieves were said to have fled as soon the police was alerted. Joseph was rushed to the Mount Mary Hospital where he is gradually responding to medical treatment.

Veteran journalist and Executive Editor at the Post, Francis Wache in the early hours of Friday 13th 2011 was attacked by 6 hooded men in his compound.Francis was home after chairing a meeting for the next publication the Summit Magazine. While he was urinating outside, he said he saw a couple of youngsters brandishing cutlasses, sticks and guns moved towards him. They ordered him to keep quiete menacing of death if he dare open his mouth.They asked him to bring out the ssum of 2 millions FCFA he was keeping in his house but he boldly told them if he had such amount of money he would rather keep it in the bank than at home. This reply irritated the assaulters who immediately started slahing his hand with a matchet while insisting to get the 2 millions FCFA. Francis was forced to open the door of his house as he tried to lure them to a different room other than his own. But they were too smart to notice that thheir victim was out playing games with them so they bit him even more.” Itwas my daughter who managedto set off an alarm that was replicated by some neighbours which force these youngsters to flee. While leaving they admitted having being sent by someone and promised to come back any time soon,”he recalled.
Francis was taken to the Regional Hospital where he is responding to treatment. He said though he is yet to forward a formal complaint to the police about the natuure of the assault, a commissioner however paid him a visit in the morning during which he was drilled. Francis says his daughter and son were also hurt as they tried to call the police during that incident. Many believe the assaults have been committed by the same culprits, police investigations would throw more light  into the issue  soon