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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Gef,

I can describe the way I feel in only three words, the first is "disappointment", the second is "disappointment", and the third is "disappointment".

Mr Biya has made it abundantly clear to those that had any doubts, that he has no intention to relinquish power anytime soon.

I can still remember some of the conversations we had at the BHC following the "missed opportunity" of the 2007 parlaimentary and council elections in Cameroon. We were considering the options that were left for Cameroon and for Mr. Biya, in the time between his "big win" to the next presidential election - 2011


We pondered the possibility of Mr. Biya chosing an honorable exit by accelerating the implementation of decentralisation and implement pro-poor policies to improve the lot of the Cameroonian people; ensuring that ELECAM, through its composition meets the minimum requirements for an organ that is independent enough and capable of organising truely transperent elections in 2011 where Mr. Biya will not be candidate (we thought he would pick someone from the inner circles of the CPDM to succeed him as candidate for the CPDM).

This was just one of the possibilities, but for some reason we kind of thought it was the more likely one - and wished thats the one he would take.

Were we just being over optimistic or were we simply underestimating Biya's determiniation to hang in to power, or better still, his commitment to ruin the country?

Well, Mr. Biya had other plans for Cameroon.

The first signal came a couple of months later with his decision to "accept the call from the people" for the modification of art.6.2 of the constitution - it was a very bad sign.

Now with ELECAM composed essentially of CPDM faithfuls, Mr. Biya has made it clear that he has no intention to "leave Cameroon in Peace".

I am so dissappointed because I still thought that Mr. Biya would have learnt from what is happening around the continent.

Now he has chosen to go the path of "je m'en fou" Shall he bring himself, and Cameroon, for that matter to the village of "si je savais"? And what if Mr. Biya is knowingly taking us there?

Shall we sit there and watch him take us to our demise? And what about our individual and collective responsibility to stand up and say NO to the destruction of our beloved country?

Can the Cameroonian people rise to the occassion? Can we turn the bus around - from its course, and bring it to another place. A place of hope, opportunity, prosperity and development.Or have we accepted this tragic destiny?

What are our options as a people, as a nation?

The world is watching, and history will judge you and I

God Save Cameroon!!

Have a Blessed week

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