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Otia is From Bamenda, Cameroon. He is the Founder/CEO at ADVOCATES FOR EQUITY AND DEVELOPMENT (AED). Studied Diplomacy at UNIVERSITY OF YAOUNDE II SOA. Studied Political science at University of Buea, Cameroon.

The Anglophone Crisis in Cameroon – by OTIA BINIKISEH N. Eric

A reality of the country fondly referred to as “Africa in miniature”, “the land of milk and honey”, the most peaceful country.

Camaroon’s English Speakers

Former Southern Cameroon (Northwest & Southwest regions of Cameroon) is considered a minority group in Cameroon. Approximately 20% of the population (5 Million) of Cameroon are from and reside in the two English-speaking regions of Cameroon. This minority population has been marginalized both in public institutions and state positions. The feeling of marginalization started developing and growing among the anglophone population, when the 1961 Federal Constitution was changed by President Ahidjo in 1972; changing the status of Cameroon from the Federal Republic, to the United Republic of Cameroon. The  sentiment started to develop among the anglophone population that the francophone population was better represented politically, economically and socially. This fueled claims of self-determination within the Anglophone population. (ICG 02/08/2017).

This feeling of marginalization has been justified over the past years, where official documents are mostly released only in French.  There was infiltration of English common law system practiced in the English speaking parts of Cameroon and infiltration of the Anglo-Saxon system of education practiced in the English speaking regions of Cameroon with the French system of education. Worst of all, French speaking teachers who can barely say “good morning” in English, were sent to teach major subjects in Anglo-Saxon schools in the English speaking regions of Cameroon. This has made the Anglophone population feel that their culture and identity is being assimilated and wiped out.

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