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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June 15, 2008

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manyanye paul ikome

Hello GEF, i read the piece on China in Africa with immeasurable interest. It was thought provocking. Yet, i think the crux of the matter is still unclear: With these recent happenings, what image do the chinese buil for themselves in Africa. This topic is of interest to me for the he short and simple reason that i am presently working on my M.A thesis which looks at " Country branding and chinese public diplomacy in cameroon". In this connection, i wish to know what it takes to have the publication mentioned in your paper: China Returns to Africa: A Superpower and a Continent Embrace.
Keep it up, your blog is becoming resourceful to researchers, i mean my words.
Manyanye Ikome,
Freeland journalist,
Masters student in Public Relations.

Patience Ntemgwa

Thanks for the article George, very thought-provoking and insightful. Seems the China-Africa relationship is a kind of real life situation where there are advantages and disadvantages. On the one hand they go "direct" as you put it, providing just what you NEED without conditions. On the other hand they flood your continent with low quality but affordable goods (mostly the quality not sent to the west and the rest) and their population too is fast growing in Africa. At the end of the day, I say we should look at and appreciate what is working in this relationship and our policy makers should find ways to relook what is not working!
Cheers

GEF

Patience,

Hope those to re-work what is not working are reading you.

Gef

Muambo Oben

My Dear George,
I have read and listened with increasing interest your articles and interviews on the Sino-Africa relationship.
I must say i am quite impressed by your writings.
But in my opinion, this relationship no matter the so call gains been reaped by Cameroon, and other African countries is detrimental to the growth of the continent. I am not a believer of trade protectionism, but after living in the US for the last seven years, and seen the effects of the so call globalisation, I am of the opinion that Chinese expansion in Africa is nothing but the death of African enterprise.
How does Africa expects to compete in an enviroment where the cost of production is so low in terms of labor, so much so that the products been sent to Africa have the effects of stifling, and subsequently kill local enterpreneurs in these ventures. I am not opposed to trade, but trade which does not protect the growth of local industries is not good trade.
That's my take. Thank you.

GEF

Dear Muambo,

Trade or no trade? Open markets or protected markets? It is the delimna we face in our attempts to development. Local business persons have made the same arguments as you. reason why there has been resistance among some in the business class in Cameroon (that I know) regarding the Chinese push.

But how can they compete without adequate policies and proper economic backing from the state?

The Chinese goods are so cheap and serve the mass of Cameroonians and African who are so poor they can only afford these products.

On a recent trip to Mali, I discussed the issue with some retailers and consumers. And what i got was a series of anecdotes:
1. "everyone wants to have a DVD player. With the Chinese, you can have a DVD player at the price you can afford"
2. "we produce beautiful loins but if you do not spend thousands of CFA you cannot afford a really good one; but jeans and shirts made in China are cheap and ready to use"

Muambo, would you propose that we close our markets to goods from China that we produce locally and subsidise our local industry to make our products competitive in other to stump this "unfairness" that you perceive?

Gef

Nathan Taku

Hello GEF, thanks for your articles and keep them coming.
My view concerning the Chinese is that not all will benefit, the elites will
definitely benefit from being bribed but the ordinary man will not.
The Chinese are one of the most brutal race when it comes to making money.
They will work all day for it; they will bribe in order to make even more money.
They will kill for it and remember that no other people in the world gamble as much
as the Chinese - that's how far their appetite for making money goes.
There is a story in Angola where they are involved in constructing a road and in return
they get paid in oil barrels - well millions of barrels. The story goes that the road
is constructed of such poor quality that the Chinese will be in Angola until the oil
runs out. This is because, by the time a stretch is completed, they have to return to the
beginning to make repairs/maintenance. This cycle gets repeated all the time, to ensure that the Chinese stay in the country and keep their oil supply/flow going.
There is nothing like a free lunch or largesse, whatever you get, you will have to pay for it one way or another, even if the gift is from the Chinese, American or British government. While I am on this GEF, please try and enlightened our African people on this thing called CFA. How the French are still colonising Africa through so-called actions on supporting the CFA. Why is it that every other African country which is not French speaking has its own currency while the majority if not all of the former French speaking countries still do not have a currency of their own. France is backing the CFA at what cost to the economy of African countries concerned? The French are not stupid to back something that they are not benefiting from. When will French speaking African countries be good enough to operate their own currency and break freely and completely from this strangled hold by the French? If you insist on holding your 2-year-old’s hands while he/she takes his/her first steps forever, there comes a point where he/she will wrench his/her wrist free from your hands in order to enjoy that freedom of walking alone un-aided and taste what it is like. French speaking African countries should do likewise and taste the freedom of having their own currency and supporting it without the costly support from France. Please GEF write more on this and get a few economists to express their views.
Current estimates are that each African country in this arrangement pays a figure close to 70% GDP to the French treasury to support the CFA – why? What are we getting in return? Africans are being taxed by the French when they receive no services from the French government. In the current credit crunch market in the West, that amount of cash amounts to receiving ‘liquid gold’. May be that explains why the French banking system has not experienced any liquidity problem because it is getting ready cash from its former African colonies. If France is that rich, why does it need money from poor African countries?

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