For 56yrs, we have heard of the Anglophone problem and in the last 4yrs, we have gone to extremes to seek answers but what do we mean by anglophone’s problem in Cameroon?
I would focus this short analysis on two mean objectives;
Firstly; before the creation of The University of Buea (UB), it was used as one example of marginalisation of anglophones by francophones. Yes and we decided to fight for it and it came. There is no problem without a direct solution but when the solution does not address that unique problem fully, one can only conclude that it was not a major problem or portrayed rightly.
Before the creation of UB, the central argument among the people calling themselves Anglo was that, they had no choice and are being forced to study in French universities and forced to learn French in an attempt to slowly make Cameroon a French speaking country. Who is right and who is wrong is not the subject of this short narrative. Decades after the creation of UB, what is the outcome is the point of this article. Today, in Cameroon, out of 5 students graduating from high school in the English speaking zone or of their families only 2 or something 1 ends up in UB 1 in Bda and the rest in the francophone universities. At one point since the creation of UB, French speaking student altered their names to look more of south westerner’s name just to gain admission to UB. These ment, with their actual names, admission was basically impossible. At one point, a south westerner’s name was the golden ticket to access entry or jobs. This was when the university was under Agbor.
Now I ask all those crying anglophones problems, did the university address your problem? Why are more English speakers still attending French speaking universities? Why are French sparky studying English a trend we can see today right down to nursery schools? Why were names used an obstacle to some? Some will argue of population growth without asking why they are unable to balance their own needs of truly their quest was evident based? Let the readers draw their own conclusions.
Secondly, the anglophones complain of the closure of businesses and companies like the marketing board, menchum fall etc as marginalisation of anglophones. One can not argue against what is true but what can examine if what we class as Marginalisation against anglophones stand up to scrutiny. In the history of civilisation, business are dynamic but the people endure. I will ask a simple question to the very anglophones, was Cameroon Airlines and Cameroon bank different to the fall of marketing board? Of all the companies that collapse in the English speaking zone, how many were own by anglophones and what other companies have they erected decades after? Are companies only collapsing in the English speaking zone? Looking at Menchum fall, I would like to hear from people who perceive it as a problem before we look around the globe to make comparison and viability especially England, Newcastle and the themes.
One can see these nationwide problems in real terms or use them to stage a political apparatus but I can only conclude that these are more of Cameroon issues than political issues of marginalisation by francophones. The question to those using these issues politically to present a marginalisation apparatus is simply; in 56yrs what have you done for yourselves and your community? Who is not marginalised and how?