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President Biya Of Cameroon Turns 86

President Biya Of Cameroon Turns 86

Cameroon’s President Paul Biya Wednesday celebrated his 86th birthday with supporters organizing lavish parties and opponents calling on him to resign. Biya is the oldest president in sub-Saharan Africa and one of the longest-serving, but critics say his long rule has put the country in a bad position. Supporters of Biya wished him a happy […]

Nearly 70 Killed In Cameroon As Separatists Stop Youth Week Activities

Nearly 70 Killed In Cameroon As Separatists Stop Youth Week Activities

Renewed fighting has killed 69 people in English-speaking regions of Cameroon, where armed separatists have ordered people to stay inside their homes as the country prepares to celebrate its national youth day. February 11 coincides with the 1961 plebiscite, which separatists identify as the day their English-speaking territory was handed to the French-speaking majority.   […]

Cameroonian Journalists Detained While Covering Opposition Gathering

Cameroonian Journalists Detained While Covering Opposition Gathering

 Authorities in Cameroon should immediately release journalists Théodore Tchopa and David Eyengue Nzima, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The two journalists, from privately owned daily newspaper Le Jour, were arrested yesterday while covering an opposition gathering in Douala, Denis Nkwebo, their deputy editor in chief and the president of the Cameroonian journalists’ trade […]

80 Students, Principal Kidnapped In Cameroon

80 Students, Principal Kidnapped In Cameroon

Gunmen in Cameroon have kidnapped 80 students and their principal from a Presbyterian school in the country’s restive northwestern region. A video of the kidnapped children was released on social media in which the kidnappers identify themselves as “Amba boys,” a reference to the English-speaking region of Ambazonia where armed separatists are fighting for independence. […]

Dr Olivette Otele Is The First Black Female Professor Of history In The United Kingdom

Dr Olivette Otele Is The First Black Female Professor Of history In The United Kingdom

Cameroon-born academic Dr Olivette Otele became the first black woman professor of history in the UK, at Bath Spa University. She specialises in collective memory and geopolitics, particularly as related to the colonial histories of Britain and France. It is hard to believe that a place as “advanced” as the United Kingdom has never had […]

Homes, Villages Burned As Cameroon Targets Separatists

Homes, Villages Burned As Cameroon Targets Separatists

Some of the thousands of people who fled the volatile English-speaking regions of Cameroon before the Oct. 7 presidential election have returned nome to find that their houses and villages have been burned to the ground. Separatists pushing for an English-speaking state had vowed to prevent any voting in northwestern and southwestern Cameroon, and they […]

Biya Wins Cameroon Election To Extend 36-year Rule

Biya Wins Cameroon Election To Extend 36-year Rule

Cameroonian President Paul Biya has won re-election by a landslide, official results showed on Monday, extending his 36-year rule despite claims from two leading opposition candidates that the vote was fraudulent. At 85, Biya is the oldest leader in sub-Saharan Africa and the victory cements his place as one of Africa’s longest-serving rulers. Most Cameroonians […]

Cameroon Candidate Kamto Declares Victory, Ruling Party Denies

Cameroon Candidate Kamto Declares Victory, Ruling Party Denies

Cameroon opposition candidate Maurice Kamto declared victory in Sunday’s presidential election, but incumbent President Paul Biya’s party dismissed his claim as fantasy and accused him of breaking the law by making it. “I invite the outgoing president to organise a peaceful way to transfer power,” Kamto, who leads the Movement for the Rebirth of Cameroon […]

As Cameroon Votes, Thousands Are Silenced By Violence

As Cameroon Votes, Thousands Are Silenced By Violence

It was the nine corpses left by the roadside after a gunfight that made Honrne Waba flee her village in Northwest Cameroon in May and hide in the bush. When weeks later she learned that her house had been burned down with all her belongings inside, she decided to leave the region altogether. “I felt […]

Rebellion Boils as Cameroon’s President Seeks to Extend Rule

Rebellion Boils as Cameroon’s President Seeks to Extend Rule

While President Paul Biya appears to be a shoo-in to extend his 36-year rule in elections next month, he’s had no success in stifling a rebellion in Anglophone regions that’s threatening to split the mainly French-speaking central African nation. Africa’s second-longest serving head of state, Biya, 85, is facing eight candidates in an Oct. 7 […]

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