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
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June 03, 2008

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Innocent N. Mancho

Hello George,
that was a good piece. Thanks for the eye opener. we are all in between.

Mancho

Batimu

What a piece!Only a narrow minded person will not praise you. George go ahead with your articles, one day people will see reason. I have been arguing with many people on this divide issue. God created man in his own image, but for sure he is disappointed with how man has turned his good works into rivalry, condemnation, division etc. If all were to follow the teachings of the Bible, there will be no such issues of whether one is black, white,graffi,sawa, yaounde or what ever.I encourage people to read your article over and over.

Ellis MindFeeder

Thank you brother of humanity, your words are hidden oasis in the desert of the Africans' drought of unity. All i can say is,
classification of persons in its self is evidence of the inevitability of injustice and inequality in any given instance.

Fergus Akaba Ambe

Dear Mr. George Fominyen,

An educative piece, I think. I share in a lot of the issues you raised.

Man is just a silhouette of his mind: whether white or black, minority or majority, oppressor or oppressed, the mind is what makes the man, not the colour or creed. Africans need a mind that reflects our common heritage; an oppressed and humiliating beginning, straddled with conflicts of our real identity, to a future of eminent delution.

The appellations "papa", "mama", "brother" or "sister" don't have blood or biological foundations in traditional Africa. Slowly and very steadily, we are replacing these community identities with very selfish ones. Why? To accommodate the so called globalisation. Probably, we need to defy the advances of better life and smaller families and embrace our primitive, but rich culture of extended families and community driven societies. We will realise an easier premise to love and forgive each other, as a tool of community building. We will embrace the natural existence of a creator who depicts our equal images and loves us equally, above and beyond our inadequacies.

As Africans, we originate together from a common motherhood, but seem to be evolving piecemeal and going nowhere. David Diop lucidly describes our common heritage in his poem "Africa my Africa."

Shame to Africa. Rise up and embrace courage, not failure!

From an illustrious son,

Fergus.

Kizito Mor

You have not changed one bit. Man keep up the good work. It's always been in you and one can't help but praise such a well written article.
KM

akwemabs

I wonder who could have written a better article than "a man from somewhere in between" as you would sometimes describe yourself. Great insights and lessons.So much to digest and to take into consideration as we relate to others.Thanks George.Keep it up.I am proud of you.
Mabi

Wams

Dear Fominyen,
This is exemplary of Cameroon, a microcosm of Africa. Yes we feed the beast of conflict and we may not be far from Rwanda. Most of Cameroon is guilty of this; South-west, North-West, West, east and in-between.
Send this to Paul Biya 100 times. Also send it to the ministers and political leaders 100 times. They are very good at fanning the flames of discord. Send it to them ad-nauseam. Let's see if it will evoke any sense of remorse.
Wams

Dibo Nkele

You know George, I couldn't agree more with you. I live in the UK, and the Cameroonians I meet here always want to know where I am from. "which province are you from","which village?" "which town?", I have even been asked which "quartier did you live in?".

I always get tired explaining that I am part francophone( mother from Kribi) and part anglophone( father from Kumba.

This ethnocentric cancer which plagues us really leads to numerous unfortunate cases, an example being whole departments in multinational companies in Douala with an employee list that sounds like the G.C.E results list from a single tribe.

I don't think this problem can completely go away because as human beings, we tend to gravitate towards people who look, sound, or act like us. We surround ourselves with our kind in order to feel secure and safe.

Hopefully, one day, Africans shall over come that....but then again, we shall surely move on to another form of identification like the type of school you went to (very common here in the UK).

GEF

Dear Dibo,

Thank you for the comment.

As I have often said, we do not have a single identity - no matter how we try to define ourselves. Someone could be a black, footballer born in the US, to a couple made up of a Jamaican and Congolese.

The child has US citizenship,and could jolly well decide to play for the Jamaican national soccer team, after going to the best boarding school in Switzerland. What is his single identity? What could be the single identity of his daughter who is the product of a long lasting love relationship with a German "caucasian" that he met at boarding school?

Could our Congolo-Jamaico-American become the president of Congo if he had the qualities? Would he be judged by whether his father is Banyamulenge or a "pur sand de Kinshasha"?

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