Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The Worth of a Housewife

Conversation between a Husband (H) and a Psychologist (P):
P: What do u do for a living Mr. Bandy?
H: I work as an Accountant in a Bank.
P: your Wife ?
H: She doesn't work, She's only a housewife.
P: Who makes breakfast for your family in the morning?
H: My Wife, because she doesn't work.
P: At what time does your wife wake up for making breakfast?
H: She wakes up at around 5am because she cleans the house first before making breakfast.
P: How do your kids go to school?
H: My wife takes them to school, because she doesn't work.
P: After taking ur kids to school, what does she do?
H: She goes to the market, then goes back home for cooking and laundry. You know she doesn't work.
P: In the evening, after you go back home from office, what do you do?
H: Takes a rest because I’m tired due to all day's work.
P: What does your wife do then?
H: She prepares meals, serving our kids, preparing meals for me and cleaning the dishes, cleaning the house then taking kids bed.
***Whom do you think works more from the story above???
The daily routines of your wives commence from early morning to late night and you called that DOESN'T WORK?
Yes, being housewives do not need certificate of Study, even high position, but their role/part is very important!
Appreciate your wives because their sacrifices are uncountable, this should be a reminder and reflection for all of us to understand and appreciate each others roles.
***All about a woman***
A very heart touching message by a
Someone asked her, Are you a working woman or a housewife?
She replied:
Yes, I am a full-time
working housewife.
I work 24 hours a day.
I'm a Mum.
I'm a Wife.
I'm a Daughter.
I'm a Daughter-in-law.
I'm an Alarm clock.
I'm a Cook.
I'm a Maid.
I'm a Teacher.
I'm a Waiter.
I'm a Nanny.
I'm a Nurse.
I'm a Handyman.
I'm a Security officer.
I'm a Counselor.
I'm a Comforter.
I don't get holidays.
I don't get sick leave.
I don't get day off.
I work through day and night.
I'm on call all hours and get paid with a
***What Do you do all Day??
***Dedicated to all women***
Woman has the most unique character like salt, her presence is never remembered but her absence makes all the things tasteless.
Pass it to all the lovely ladies...
Your Mother.
Your Wife.
Your daughter.
Your sister and your friend.
Share to every woman to make her smile and to every man to make him realize a woman's worth.


Friday, September 9, 2016

Leaders, Exile, Revolutions and Leadership (Reply for an Insight)

The vast majority of leaders who have realized revolutionary changes in their countries had moments of exile---whether self-imposed or forced. Nelson Mandela whom Salah mentioned was out of South Africa for a while but his focus was on the struggle. Fidel Castro, Lenin, De Gaulle, El Cid, Shaka, Napoleon, Ayatollah Khomeini etc. Exile has often proven to be a place of  recuperation; a moment of distant observation and judgment of situations; a moment of stock-taking, and buildup of resolve, resources and even ideas; and above all exile has been a place of refuge for exponents of change who are on the verge of defeat or extinction.

It is a lot more honorable for an exponent of change to accept exile  and continue to provide guidance to society from exile rather than to stay at home, compromise the values of a struggle, relinquish the role of moral leader of society and  assimilate into the corrupt anachronistic system.

July 2002


Reply to a Secessionist on Identifying Enemies and Friends in a Cause for Humanity and on Embracing Cameroonian Civic-Nationalism

My dear friend,

I understand what it means to suffer persecution. I have suffered several times. Still, when you are persecuted, you should clearly identify who the enemies really are, and the reason or purpose of their persecution. In the case of Cameroon (Kamerun), it is not for the advancement of the country, it is for the defense of their theft or rape of Cameroon, so the persecutors should be treated as enemies of the people.

  • Now, who are your enemies?
  • Is it Francophones or the government in power---the Biya regime/establishment otherwise called the French-imposed system?

If you think it is Francophones, then you are a Francophobe and you are not being objective. You are not focusing your disappointment on the French neocolonialists who created the repressive system in Cameroon and their Cameroonian puppets managing it, Cameroonian politicians who played absolutely no role in the civic-nationalist struggle in the 1950s for French Cameroun's reunification and independence. These puppets of France soiled their hands with the blood of mostly Francophone Cameroonians  in creating the police state that is Cameroon today. The majority of Francophones resent this police state and the system as a whole.

So you can understand why the majority of Francophones supported Fru Ndi (an Anglophone) to become president in 1992, but the Biya regime with many Anglophones in it (Achidi Achu as prime minister, for one), prevented John Fru Ndi from becoming president. Read carefully No: 3 of the article "HOW COMMITTED ARE WE IN THE STRUGGLE TO CHANGE THE PRESENT SYSTEM". Then you will understand why many Francophones who were staunchly behind the SDF of Fru Ndi believed they have been betrayed by those in the SDF who are now fighting for the Anglophone cause and consider them (Francophone SDF militants) as Francophone enemies. If you were ever in the SDF, then your group ruptured the broad consensus that once made the party great. It is the greatness of the struggle, the unifying purpose of our minds that I believe should be harnessed. And the ideal to harness is Kamerunian union-nationalism, a civic-nationalism that our Francophone forefathers fought for and lost close to a million lives for, and which our Anglophone forefathers stood for in the plebiscite that brought about the reunification of the former French Cameroun and British Southern Cameroons. It is the dream of reunification that I am working for. It was a noble and advanced dream and a model for an economically unified and politically integrated Africa.

Have a nice day

Janvier Tchouteu

 October 2004


The Force to Build "The New Cameroon"

Cameroon needs a new force, a force of post-independence Cameroonians who are not a by-product of the system, a force that is untainted by the system’s negative values, one that understands the failures of the so-called opposition led by pre-independence Cameroonians who failed to cut their umbilical cords to the system. This force should totally and completely reject the system and all its values, and must be prepared to fight it to its death.

February 02, 2005


During Revolutionary Moments

During revolutionary moments, the suffering, oppressed and struggling masses need “…legendary leaders who can get ahead of the people from the impasse and futile consensus and find new grounds to chart a unique course of the people’s destiny.” This particular quote is from  The Usurper and Other Stories  

That has been the case of living legends like Mandela to recent ones like Roosevelt, Che Guevara, Lenin, Simon Bolivar or ancient ones like Moses. Lands that have never been blessed by or that never recognized their great, wise, legendary or canonical leaders tend to get haunted for long or even forever. The people may find themselves trapped in futility forever like a lost man in a desert going around in circles because he lacks a compass. We failed during this phase of the struggle to topple, dismantle and bury the dehumanizing system France imposed on Cameroon through the local Cameroonian French puppet leaderships of  Ahidjo and Paul Biya because our political leaders did not embrace a national ideal and failed to distinguish the interest of the struggle from their personal interests. They failed to emulate the positive legacies of our dead legends and heroes.

That is a case in kamerun. Many of us grew up without relating to figures with progressive and embracing political ideologies who never considered it a price for putting their lives at risk or sacrificing it, and who never hesitated to put the interest of the struggle above their personal considerations. Many held that those dead legends and heroes never won the struggle and never got power, so they were failures. However, we failed to understand that even figures like Mandela etc built on the legacies and ideals of their legendary predecessors in order to win the struggle.

In an article of 1988, I wrote, “CAN OUR HISTORY BE REWRITTEN?” That was because I realized our country is a land with “...a mysterious way of transforming heroes into victims and villains into masters....”

That is why outsiders cherish our heroes when we have been taught to know them as villains. That is why the villains, who betrayed kamerun since its pre-independence days and killed the heroes of of the people, got worshipped and are in power today. That is why we excuse those who tacitly or openly ensured their survival because we have come to accept that it is “NORMAL” to use the people to achieve wealth, power and glory. We even call it “Long Sense” when other peoples and nations with a sense of honor and integrity call it “BETRAYAL”.

During moments like this, we should dig into the recess of our history and consciously reassess it. Those beautiful Kamerunian minds who never betrayed and who got defeated by the villains should be honored, even posthumously. In addition, we should ponder their ideas and draw strength from them.

In moments of crisis and weakness, nations and people often draw inspiration from their heroes and legends (dead or alive). You find Americans holding onto the legacies of Lincoln, Jefferson and Roosevelt. Russians fall back on Peter the Great, Catherine the Great or Lenin etc. The British on Churchill, Disraeli etc.

In Kamerun today, I personally cannot identify any known political figure, especially those of the so-called opposition parties, that has a positive legacy. However, I can identify great figures in our history who professed selfless, unifying and advance ideals; and whose legacies have been denigrated by the evil system and those who claim to be in the opposition and who felt threatened by them.

I am glad to observe a gradual transformation in the thinking of our population, especially those who have been expressing their views here, even those who profess hostility to my opinions. People are beginning to dissociate themselves from myths and the badly infected mindset caused by the system. It is a gradual psychological process of healing that would end up in us dwelling on the ideals that would realize a new Kamerun.

September 2004


Cameroon: On Maintaining the Anachronistic French-imposed System, Secession for Cameroonians of the English Speaking Regions Or Founding the "New Cameroon"

Those who died in Bamenda on May 26, 1990 were not for the cause of an independent state from the North West and South West provinces. They were not Southern Cameroon advocates.

John Smith wrote above that, "Ricardo and Co should know that should there be a referendum today, only the refugees from the LRC may vote no. All Anglos even Inoni will vote yes."

Therefore, if we have to take from John Smith and co, the so-called refugees from LRC who made up 3/7 or more of the deaths of May 26, 1990, were automatically against splitting the country up. In that case, they were for a future new Cameroon as union nationalists against the evil system who reject the political actions of Ahidjo and Biya from 1958-1990.

Take it that I am an advocate of an independent Southern Cameroon and at the same time, I am a realist. What are the likely scenarios?

1) An independent Southern Cameroon would be better off "in the long run" than being a part of the present day anachronistic system of Cameroon. But that would be the case if it is a smooth ride to independence that harnesses all the developmental or positive forces in that region and the good will of the rest of Cameroon and the largesse of the international community like the case of Eritrea which became a part of modern day Ethiopia after the defeat of its colonial master Italy and its incorporation into the former Abyssinia, or the former Portuguese colony of East Timor that was invaded and occupied by the former Dutch East Indies colony(Indonesia) . If it is not a smooth ride, it would end up like people-depleted and unrecognized states such as Abkhazia, Trans-Dniestr, and Nargony Karabakh etc that are more miserable than before.

Besides, an attempt at armed conflict is likely to end up in defeat and likely international trials of war crimes because those likely to lead an armed-struggle are the hate-filled and  not the progressives. There would be massacres, ethnic cleansing, plundering, rapes etc. The hallmark of wars in Africa. Even if the armed conflict ends in victory for the secessionists, it would be a long-dragged conflict that would devastate the country and create scars that may never heal. Angola, Bosnia, East Timor, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tadjikistan Guatemala, Nicaragua, Cambodia etc are still trying to recover from their civil wars, processes of recovery that take decades.

2) Accepting the status quo is another option. Cameroonians of all shades, ideologies, religions, tongues and regions do not accept that adoption because it is a slow suffocation of the people.

3) Changing the system. That is the safest bet and third scenario. History, time, the inevitability of change, logic, the triumph of humanitarianism and humanism stand for that option. It is less costly and makes the exponents of change better human beings because it advocates working together to make a better future for our children. However, that cannot be achieved with divided ranks

My position over two decades has been the same. A federation for Cameroon, a Cameroon  federation that respects the country’s linguistic entities and ethnic affiliations that would comprise regions and provinces, where the central government would use the original  Cameroonian concepts to advance the nation; where the Cameroonian ideal would be applied to bridge the difference in development of her Anglophone and francophone regions, build a genuine bilingual ethos, and revive a unique Cameroonian identity from the different ideas and actions of the adopted French and English cultures as a model for the future united Africa. This federation of regions comprised of autonomous provinces would be one where the rights of minorities – both indigenous and settler – are respected. The new Cameroon federation would institutionalize democracy, liberty, freedom, economic development, social harmony, unity and a shared sense of common purpose. Through a progressive and strong democratic central government committed to protecting Cameroon's biculturalism, while at the same time promoting its bilingual character, the new Cameroon would be the vanguard in the drive for the economic union and political harmonization of Africa.