George Esunge Fominyen in Brief


  • George Esunge Fominyen is currently Coordinator of the Multi-Media Editorial Unit of the PANOS Institute West Africa (PIWA) in Dakar, Senegal.

    PANOS Institute West Africa 6, Rue Calmette Dakar, Senegal

    Email: esungeft@gmail.com
  • Biography

Jimbi Media Sites

  • AFRICAphonie
    AFRICAphonie is a Pan African Association which operates on the premise that AFRICA can only be what AFRICANS and their friends want AFRICA to be.
  • Bakwerirama
    Spotlight on Bakweri Society and Culture. The Bakweri are an indigenous African nation.
  • Bate Besong
    Bate Besong, award-winning firebrand poet and playwright.
  • Bernard Fonlon
    Dr Bernard Fonlon was an extraordinary figure who left a large footprint in Cameroonian intellectual, social and political life.
  • Fonlon-Nichols Award
    Website of the Literary Award established to honor the memory of BERNARD FONLON, the great Cameroonian teacher, writer, poet, and philosopher, who passionately defended human rights in an often oppressive political atmosphere.
  • France Watcher
    Purpose of this advocacy site: To aggregate all available information about French terror, exploitation and manipulation of Africa
  • George Ngwane: Public Intellectual
    George Ngwane is a prominent author, activist and intellectual.
  • Jacob Nguni
    Virtuoso guitarist, writer and humorist. Former lead guitarist of Rocafil, led by Prince Nico Mbarga.
  • Martin Jumbam
    The refreshingly, unique, incisive and generally hilarous writings about the foibles of African society and politics by former Cameroon Life Magazine columnist Martin Jumbam.
  • Nowa Omoigui
    Professor of Medicine and interventional cardiologist, Nowa Omoigui is also one of the foremost experts and scholars on the history of the Nigerian Military and the Nigerian Civil War. This site contains many of his writings and comments on military subjects and history.
  • Postwatch Magazine
    A UMI (United Media Incorporated) publication. Specializing in well researched investigative reports, it focuses on the Cameroonian scene, particular issues of interest to the former British Southern Cameroons.
  • Simon Mol
    Cameroonian poet, writer, journalist and Human Rights activist living in Warsaw, Poland
  • Victor Mbarika ICT Weblog
    Victor Wacham Agwe Mbarika is one of Africa's foremost experts on Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). Dr. Mbarika's research interests are in the areas of information infrastructure diffusion in developing countries and multimedia learning.
  • Tunduzi
    A West African in Arusha at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda on the angst, contradictions and rewards of that process.
  • Dr Godfrey Tangwa (Gobata)
    Renaissance man, philosophy professor, actor and newspaper columnist, Godfrey Tangwa aka Rotcod Gobata touches a wide array of subjects. Always entertaining and eminently readable. Visit for frequent updates.
  • Francis Nyamnjoh
    Prolific writer, social and political commentator, he was a professor at University of Buea and University of Botswana. Currently he is Head of Publications and Dissemination at CODESRIA in Dakar, Senegal. His writings are socially relevant and engaging even to the non specialist.
  • Ilongo Sphere: Writer and Poet
    Novelist and poet Ilongo Fritz Ngalle, long concealed his artist's wings behind the firm exterior of a University administrator and guidance counsellor. No longer. Enjoy his unique poems and glimpses of upcoming novels and short stories.
  • Scribbles from the Den
    The award-winning blog of Dibussi Tande, Cameroon's leading blogger.
  • Enanga's POV
    Rosemary Ekosso, a Cameroonian novelist and blogger who lives and works in Cambodia.
  • GEF's Outlook
    Blog of George Esunge Fominyen, former CRTV journalist and currently Coordinator of the Multi-Media Editorial Unit of the PANOS Institute West Africa (PIWA) in Dakar, Senegal.
  • The Chia Report
    The incisive commentary of Chicago-based former CRTV journalist Chia Innocent
  • Voice Of The Oppressed
    Stephen Neba-Fuh is a political and social critic, human rights activist and poet who lives in Norway.
  • Bate Besong
    Bate Besong, award-winning firebrand poet and playwright.
  • Up Station Mountain Club
    A no holds barred group blog for all things Cameroonian. "Man no run!"
  • Bakwerirama
    Spotlight on the Bakweri Society and Culture. The Bakweri are an indigenous African nation.
  • Fonlon-Nichols Award
    Website of the Literary Award established to honor the memory of BERNARD FONLON, the great Cameroonian teacher, writer, poet, and philosopher, who passionately defended human rights in an often oppressive political atmosphere.
  • Bernard Fonlon
    Dr Bernard Fonlon was an extraordinary figure who left a large footprint in Cameroonian intellectual, social and political life.
  • AFRICAphonie
    AFRICAphonie is a Pan African Association which operates on the premise that AFRICA can only be what AFRICANS and their friends want AFRICA to be.
  • Canute - Chronicles from the Heartland
    Professional translator, freelance writer and a regular contributor to THE POST newspaper. Lives in Douala, Cameroon

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Enow (Port-au-Prince)

Gef,
This is just like Cameroon. We might say it is stupid, but I think it is more than stupid.

I believe it is a clear manifestation of the culture of "no accountability" and "no transparency" - two (key) basic principles of how government business should be done in Cameroon.

No one wants to take responsibility for anything, - remember how the Kenya Airways crash in May 2007 was managed.

I think we've got a serious leadership crisis in Cameroon - it is very worrying.

GEF

Indeed,

You mentioned the Kenya Airways crash in 2007. I still remember what a messy situation it was. What those of us on the ground saw and how the state managed to mis-handle communication on such a vital matter.

Imagine that the families of the crash victims are still yearning for the report... Without proper information, they now think government just wants to con them out of their settlements. Here is a story from the Post Newspaper of Monday 22 December 2008:

Mbanga Pongo Crash Report Delay Angers Victims
By Kini Nsom

Families of the victims of the Mbanga Pongo plane crash have accused government of deliberately delaying the report of the crash to cheat them of their right to sue for compensation.

One of the victims, Madam Yvette Fru, who lost her husband in the May 5, 2007, plane crash, said the delay in publishing the findings was causing them more pain.Meanwhile, the lawyer for some of the victims, Barrister John Fru Nsoh, has warned that his clients will lose the right to sue the Boeing Company if the report is not released before May 2009.

Speaking to The Post over the weekend in Yaounde, the Douala based lawyer said families of the victims have the right to sue for compensation if the report indicates that the plane crash was caused by a technical fault.

According to international aviation convention, the lawyer pointed out, his clients have only two years, starting from the date of the crash to sue the Aircraft Company for compensation. He said, if the government delays the report and publishes it only after May 2009, it will have no use to the victims.

On the other hand, he said if the findings are published earlier, indicating that the crash was due to a technical fault, the victims will sue the Boeing Company and General Electronics jointly and severally. Boeing is the company that built the body of the plane while General Electronics is the company that fabricated the engine.

Barrister Fru Nsoh who is defending the victims in collaboration with a US law firm in Seattle, Washington, wondered what was holding back government from publishing results of the crash that claimed 114 lives.

Two months after the Mbanga Pongo crash in the outskirts of Cameroon's economic capital, Douala, another plane crash took place in Tokyo-Japan. Its findings, he said, were published three months later. He wondered what was holding back the findings of the Mbanga Pongo plane crash even after the black box of the plane was retrieved and sent to Canada for examination.


He said it was the responsibility of government to release the results for victims to lay claims for compensation. He revealed that insurance has already been paid to the families of some victims while many others were still negotiating.


It should be recalled that the crash that took place in May 2007, took away the lives of 114 people amongst which over 30 were Cameroonians.

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