Month: June 2013

BLADE RUNNER RESTARTS DISCREET TRAINING

South African athlete Oscar Pistorius has resumed training, weeks before he is due back in court over the killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, scheduled for August.

A statement on his website said the “low-key routine” was not “a formal return to athletics”, but a way of helping him “process his trauma”.

Oscar Pistorius, 26, is a double amputee who won gold at the London 2012 Paralympic Games and also competed at the Olympics. He denies murdering Reeva, saying he shot her after mistaking her for an intruder.

On Friday, his family released video of him training at the High Performance Centre in the capital, Pretoria.  In the video, Mr Pistorius can be seen putting on his prostheses before lightly sprinting on a track.

The statement on his website said that his focus “remains entirely on the court case”. “Oscar is not contemplating a formal return to athletics and his training is not aimed at preparing for competition,” the statement further read.

LIFE JAIL FOR WOMAN WHO CUT OFF EX-HUSBAND’S PENIS

A Californian woman convicted of severing her ex-husband’s penis and throwing it in a kitchen waste disposal has been sentenced to life imprisonment.

According to prosecutors, Catherine Kieu attacked her former spouse with a knife in July 2011 after drugging him with sleeping pills. Prosecutors in Orange County, California further said she also tied him to the bed before committing the act.

Kieu , 50, told officers responding to the scene that her husband deserved it, and it’s clear she may seek parole after seven years. Her lawyers held she had mental health issues caused by abuse as a child and by her ex-husband. Police have revealed the couple was going through a divorce at the time of the attack

BAD DEAL

Never you steal

What could be a meal

It’s a very bad deal

That you’ll never get a fill

 

You’ll have your fill

When your wounds won’t heal

Your skin would peel

With no air for your gill

 

When you reach the hill

Where all is real

You’ll have a bill

With a great dark seal

 

Whose utmost will

Will be set to kill

All those whose will

Was to see me ill.

 

ASJUB ELECTIONS 2013 END IN FIASCO

The 2013 Association of Student Journalists in the University of Buea, ASJUB, has ended in shambles, mainly due to indecision on conducting votes for the post of president.

The elections, which took place this 21st day of June, 2013 at the amphitheater 150 E of the University of Buea, kicked off well, with most of the candidates for other positions duly voted. Confusion set in at the turn of casting votes for the position of the president, with Abane Jeffery and Loshie Eugene as the two vying in for the position.

While most students supported the view that Loshie be voted in absentia, others wanted the position to be given to the sole contestant present. Disagreements stemmed up, with a recall of an earlier statement made by the electoral committee, stating that no person will be voted in absentia.

The situation, after long arguments, was brokered by the acting Head of Department for Journalism and Mass Communication, Mr. Henry Muluh, paving way for the decision to suspend  voting for the post of President, till October 2013.

Meanwhile, it was agreed that Feudjo Darling, successful at the position of Vice-president, will be the acting president, till October 2013, when fresh elections for the post of president of ASJUB, will be organized.

MAMFE D.O BANS BASIC FOODSTUFF EXPORT TO NIGERIA

The Divisional Officer for the Mamfe central sub-division, has banned the export of basic foodstuffs like banana, plantain and palm oil, to neighbouring Nigeria.

According to Ignatius Netonda Ekale, the move comes in a bid to reduce thE acute shortage of these commodities in the Mamfe markets. He equally mentioned the expensive prices that most buyers and customers complain of, as being one of the reasons for this ban.

His decision, all the same, though well received by most of the buyers, is decried by others , as they believe that if the move were to be reciprocated by Nigeria, then Mamfe will be in great lack of some other basic foodstuff.

According to a local newspaper, The Telegraph, a truck of plantain has been seized since the ban, and the contents auctioned at the lowest price. The D.O for Mamfe. likewise made it clear that the same fate awaits any of such commodities, that would be seized from the traders who were formerly feeding fat from the trade.

A RISING ENTERPRENEUR: STERLING PERFORMANCE

Manager of Dacrown

Manager of Dacrown

Andouba Cletus Atali was born on September 30, 1985 in Etwi, Ngie sub-division, Momo Division, North West Region of Cameroon.

EDUCATIONAL PURSUIT

1992-1999: Government primary school Etwi, obtaining the first school leaving certificate, and the common entrance examination certificate.

2000-2004, Government High School Ngie, obtaining the Ordinary Level Certificate of Education; in the Sciences.

2004-2006: CASS Bambili, obtaining the Advanced Level Certificate of Education, with a total of 12 points in Maths, Further Maths, and Chemistry.

2007-2008: Enrolled into the University of Buea, to read Mathematics.

2010-date: Reapplied in UB to read Journalism and Mass Communication, with minor course taken in Chemistry. Currently preparing to graduate, come December 2013.

ENTREPRENEURIAL JOURNEY

The entrepreneur at work

The entrepreneur at work

Class five: Made and sold bamboo chairs and benches in markets

Form 2: Moved to Douala, and during summer holidays, hawked petty products of general consumption like rubber shoes, school bags, toothpaste, etc.

2007: Taught Mathematics for a month in Salvation Bilingual College, Buea, and equally gave some private classes for students sitting in for the G.C.E. Advanced Level Examination.

Meanwhile, he picked up a job at Dacrown, mainly as a waiter, till 2008.

2008-2009: Appointed Counter manager.

2009: Appointed controller.

2010: Documents of Dacrown, handed over on 31st December 2009 for control, by the former runner, Tabi Wilfred upon his journey to Texas.

BUSINESS EXPLOITS

Two of Dacrown's several awards

Two of Dacrown’s several awards

2010: Became the manager of Dacrown. After a year, bought a car, with financial assistance from Mr. Benjamin Ogen Ndi, who has equally lent parental and otherwise support. Opened up a bar in Yaoundé, with partners in Bamenda, three other bars in Buea (Molyko, Bolifamba and Muea).

AWARDS

Andouba has won amongst others, the:

ASJUB 2013 Most Supportive Partner, i.e Dacrown

The 2011 Dynasty Awards

Guinness Ambassador to Buea, 2011

Dynamic Bustlers Award, 2011, etc

MARITAL LIFE

He is traditionally married and a father of two handsome boys.

INSPIRATION

Inspired by the “belief that quitters never win, and winners never quit. So long as you are honest and determined, anything is achievable. My Ogen equally inspires me so much in my business”.

VISION 2017

Prospects of other branches in Kumba; and the opening of a classic hotel to reckon with.

 

GRAVE OF CHIEF KUVA LIKENYE

Chief Kuva Likenye was the founder of the Buea dynasty. He was the brain behind the Bakweri war of resistance in 1891- 1894 against Gravenreuth, the German commander.

Kuva's final earthly abode

Kuva’s final earthly abode

Buea seemed to have derived her vigour from her indigenous substrate on which the brave warrior and mountain king Kuva Likenye mobilized an ill-trained ragtag army to stand up in arms against German exploitation of the Bakweri people. Kuva may have been spiritually inspired by the mountain god “Ifasa moto”, or the mountain goddess “Liengu la lelu” or better still the mermaid “Liengu la naluwa”or maybe by the founding father of Buea Eye Njie Tama Lifanje.

His epitaph

His epitaph

During the war, he summoned about 400 Bakwerians, who through their might halted the German advancement. The German advancement and wiles in turn sent him on exile to Wonya Mokumba, where he breathed his last in 1894.

 

BIG BROTHER AFRICA (BBA): catalyst to declining African values

The Big Brother phenomenon, is one to reckon with nowadays, as it is a must watch show, especially among the youths of Cameroon. But because of the spirit of cultivation from the media, the phenomenon tends to take a toll on the already suffering African values, sowing seeds of discrepancy in young minds.

Partying is the order of the day with the Big Brother Phenomenon. True that something good can come out of partying, as it is a form of relaxation, but the clue to relaxation lies in a day well spent. Formerly, one used to learn constructive things from BBA, with regard to one’s love for the motherland, but now, partying is the easiest thing to learn, even without wanting to. Consider just how many youths following the show, can’t afford to miss the Saturday night parties, for anything else. African Big brothers encourage positive African values, and not the western value of routine partying.

Indecent habits that ensure in the enclosed doors are displayed to the public eye. These habits are inculcated in the viewers, and most even think that if a housemate in BBA isn’t flexible in such habits, such a person is boring, and deserves to be evicted. Such are the thoughts that our African  big brother should be discouraging from our minds, and not letting them sink into our conscious and even sub-conscious minds.

Quarrels and gossips are all exemplary, as they are part of the game. It is good to lie, loose bonds with one person, and mend with another all in the name of the game. It is even better to pretend to have a serious emotional relationship with somebody all in the name of the game, and later disclose publicly, that it was “just a game, and I played it well”. Such are the habits copied by the committed viewers and followers of BBA, and these tend to adopt the inclination into their daily lives.

All these might not be the intentions, but because the word of wisdom believes “an idle man is the devil’s workshop”, and because the work in the workshop needs an abode and a host, Africa’s values are seriously being threatened by the BBA phenomenon, which seems just to have started  a journey of no-return.

SCARVES EN VOGUE

Unlike the yesteryears where headscarves were fashion respected only by the aged, youths nowadays have returned to this piece of fashion, using it in sundry ramifications.

Get various colours

Get various colours

Looking smart with a headscarf

Smart in headscarf

It is knotted as a bow, when one needs to reduce the effect of the idea of wearing a head scarf. This gives one the young look of moving with a ribbon.

Others, who love the designer look, prefer the scarf tied up in a bunch. Several colours of scarves can be mixed to achieve the desired look. This adds a spicy dash to the overall novelty.

Get the designer look

Get the designer look

But colourful

And colourful

Look simple, yet good

Look simple, yet good

If not tied up in a bunch, then letting the bunch go behind, but still knotted, is another style. For those who love the features of their face to prompt out, this is the perfect match. It adds a touch of responsibility to the look.

Better still; just keep up the traditional headscarf of wanting to look mature and in control. Perfect for matching up with the traditional African wear. It makes you simply African, and beautiful.

Be black, and beautiful

Be black, and beautiful

Even in headscarves

Even in headscarves

Look good

Look good

If the above don’t do, then try this really simple one.  Make yourself beautiful with a scarf on, but still stay en vogue.

ANGELA RODRIGUEZ SUES FOX NEWS OVER JoDON ON-AIR SUICIDE

Fox News has been sued by Angela Rodriguez, mother to three children of a US man whose suicide was inadvertently broadcast live on Fox News Channel, claiming infliction of emotional distress..

Immediately following the broadcast of the death, the Fox News presenter apologised to the audience, saying the incident should have been censored using a delay. Subsequently, a Fox News executive also apologised and put the broadcast down to “severe human error”.

Despite the apology, the mother of JoDon Romero’s children aged about nine, 13 and 15, wrote in a court filing in the US state of Arizona that the children suffered severe emotional and psychological trauma.

It should be recalled that on 28 September, 2012, JoDon Romero, 33,  shot himself in the head at the end of an hour-long police chase after stealing a car at gunpoint, as a news helicopter flew overhead. Police officials said he had a long criminal history and was wanted for parole violations.

Filed earlier this month, the suit against Fox News Channel and its parent company News Corp alleges that on that day, Romero’s children heard rumours at school of a suicide on live television. They went home and searched for the footage on YouTube, only realising it was their father while watching.

Ms Rodriguez says her children “have been, and continue to be, severely traumatised” by the footage and have shown symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, including flashbacks and sleep disturbances.She further says the elder two children have not returned to school since their father’s death. She files them for unspecified damages.

 

A NEW BUEA

Buea might not be easily recognizable in the months ahead. The recent infrastructure that now embellish the place, are such to marvel at.

Buea's glass house

Buea’s glass house

The new council building welcomes new-comers to Buea, with its beautiful glass adornments. Its top seemingly touches the sky, reminiscent of the fact that the sky might be the only limit for the place Buea.

Mt. Hotel, to lodge visitors at 50years Reunification celebrations

To lodge 50years Reunification celebrants

The renovated Mountain Hotel is another site to behold. Apart from its beautiful entrance, the over 40 rooms and suites of the hotel have been reworked, to accommodate the visitors to Buea, during the upcoming celebrations of Cameroon’s Reunification Golden Jubilee.

Safe haven for Reunification celebration dignitaries

Safe haven for Reunification celebration dignitaries

Close to the Mountain Hotel is the Parliamentary Flat, another glassy and sparkling site that will equally serve the 50th anniversary of Cameroon’s reunification celebrations in Buea. It surely will host the numerous dignitaries and visitors that will flank Buea, sometime this year.

Befitting of the G.C.E Board

Befitting of the G.C.E Board

The new Cameroon Government Certificate of Education (GCE) board building is another site to marvel at. The new structure, it is said, is now befitting of the main Cameroon secondary education examinations setter, the GCE board.

The new grand stand

The new grand stand

Amongst this new infrastructure is the new grand stand that is to host the Golden jubilee celebrations of Cameroon’s Reunification in Buea. the large tribune, is evocative of the significance of the celebrations, that draw root on October 1, 1961, when President Ahmadou Ahidjo, and John Ngu Foncha both put in their signatures, to reunify Cameroon.  This was at the Mt. Hotel in Buea.

Edifices, now characteristic of Buea

Edifices, now characteristic of Buea

The student residential area of Molyko is equally swept with this new look in Buea. Upcoming hostels, especially those around the streets, are beautifully constructed, and even those formerly tattered looking, have been renovated. The Eta Palace Hotel is one that adds a touch of glamour to Molyko and Buea at large, especially by night.

New look of road, stretching from Mile 17 to BUEA Town

New look of road, stretching from Mile 17 to BUEA Town

Exiting Buea, the Mile 17 Motor Park tells a lot of its own. Playing host to most relaxation spots in Buea, the park, always bustling in the day with several travelers to and from Buea, equally bustles at night, with the loud speakers and music that emanates from the relaxation spots. Buea indeed, is a Place to Behold.

KID HAWKERS RESUME WORK

Hawkers by the University street

Hawkers by the University street

Kid hawkers in Buea; have returned to their normal routine of hawking wares during the holidays. Their chants can be heard around hostels, in the streets of Buea, the Mile 17 Motor Park, and equally in the markets.

Hawking in the markets and around student hostels might be relatively safe to go by, but around the motor park and the streets, it gets dangerous for the kid hawkers. Most of these, less than 10 years old, get to dodge oncoming vehicles at the park. Even crossing the streets of Buea has been made more risky for these hawkers, who now lack the mid-ridge that used to aid their crossing.

Trading groundnut for money

Trading groundnut for money

Threading risky roads during hawking

Threading risky roads during hawking

As they chant “hot kwacoco”, “boiling egg”, “boiling granut”, “fish rooo”, “akra banana” and lots more, these kids seem to be oblivious to the fact that hawking at their ages might be dangerous, as they are exposed to thefts, rape, accidents and other ills. With their innocent faces, they hurriedly traverse the day, with the view of selling all their wares, and making money for themselves and their families.

UB-THE PLACE TO BE: Unfriendly to the physically challenged?

Physically challenged students, might not find the University of Buea, a place to be, as it has some unfriendly infrastructure that would not ease the entry of these students.

Getting to top flows of classroom blocks is no easy play

Getting to top flows of classroom blocks is no easy play

Having a class at lecture halls of the upper section of the Classroom blocks will not be an easy task to accomplish, as there exist a flight of stairs to get up, provision not made for students who might be making use of wheelchairs or clutches.

Labs at the faculty of science are mostly upstairs

Labs at the faculty of science are mostly upstairs

The same scenario obtains at the main lecture halls around the faculty of Science. Worse for these, is that most of their laboratories are found upstairs, making the journey up a tedious one for our physically challenged friends.

Interior look of Amphi 750

Interior look of Amphi 750

Getting to the largest amphitheatre, the Amphi 750, most of them would face the challenge once more. The main entrances to this lecture hall are equally adorned with stairs.

Flight of stairs leading to most offices on campus

Flight of stairs leading to most offices on campus

Not only lecture halls display such unfriendliness, but equally administrative offices. Most, if not all administrative blocks in UB have an upper section, making it a struggle for physically challenged students to get to these upper sections if they must see some lecturers whose offices are found there.

If challenging for the visually impaired, how much more if on clutches or wheelchair

If challenging for the visually impaired, how much more if on clutches or wheelchair

Despite the unfriendliness of the infrastructure, physically challenged students in the University of Buea, are often resilient beings who welcome just any challenge, and make some sunshine out of the gray they found. Even in UB, they struggle to attend lectures, and tend to make it successfully at the end of their stay in the place to be. While the responsible authorities render the existing and forthcoming infrastructure friendlier, despite being challenged, they make UB, “THEIR OWN PLACE TO BE TOO”.

DEP’T OF JOURNALISM AND MASS COMMUNICATION-UB: solution to professional craving.

Students in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of BUEA, do not only take home the knowledge that they acquire, but are equally given the opportunity to practicalise their theory gained.

Students writing papers for the 6p.m News

Students writing papers for the 6p.m News

In JMC, as the department is fondly called, students get to actively take part in the production of news and news programmes. This usually is the culmination of long hours of news gathering

Final year students on air

Final year students on air

and processing, coordinated by the news producer, and supervised by the station’s supervisor. The news is aired on Chariot Radio, FM93.5 that spans the Buea municipality and its environs.Going on air is an experience worth living, and students get to do this during the programmes that they manage, some of which are “Your Health Today” and “Focus On UB”.

Journalism equally involves writing in print, and the students are equally offered the opportunity to exercise that. The publication of The Chariot Newspaper, The Chariot Magazine, and their marketing, are must-dos for students in JMC. The processes of gathering, processing and presenting the material are all manned by the students themselves. Media sales and advertising are incorporated in the day to day work of the students, as they get canvass for adverts for their products.

Public speaking, public relations and audience research are areas the students are well vested in. At their Open Days and World Press Freedom Day celebrations, such skills are often exhibited

The products of the school are proof enough, as they grasp both national and international choice placements. Consider Eric Lanmia and Hilda Bih of the CRTV, Budy Norbert of Marc and Ericsson Inc., Ivan Tamba of Le Tribune Bilingue, and Nathalie Wakam of the BBC World Service, to drive home the point on the professionalization of the department of JMC.

MANYU: A RICH CULTURAL HERITAGE

Manyu division in the South West Region of Cameroon has a rich cultural heritage, which cannot be passed by. Its richness in diversity range from its popular traditional dish, to the traditional regalia; and the customary dances and songs, to the peculiarity of its secret societies amongst others. These all are culminated in the perceptions that people have of the people of Manyu.

A typical Manyu indigene, in the traditional regalia

A typical Manyu indigene, in the traditional regalia

The traditional regalia of the Manyu people is one rich in colour and diversity. For the males, it is a white shirt, worn over a nicely threaded wrapper, all tied by the side. Beads usually accompany, hung on the neck and usually of a red colour. Interesting of all these is the accompanying hat. Either of a red colour accompanied by feathers that signify the person’s titles, or they are adorned with an assortment of cowries and other traditional ornaments that give the wear its splendor. The ladies are decently simple in their big gowns, commonly called in Cameroon “Kaba”, with a gracious headscarf well intertwined on the head.

Eru is a traditional dish well known in Cameroon and in neighbouring Nigeria; a delicacy of the Manyu people. Eaten with its complement made of fermented cassava paste, commonly known as “water fufu” or “Akpu”, the dish widely satisfies the cravings of both national and international appetites as well as markets.

Moninkim

Moninkim (Photo credit: fakoman)

Manyu traditional dances are a sight to behold. The popular “Moninkim” features a lady with a mirrored basket, with “cha-chas” on her legs. These produce a melody that even non-Manyu tend to move with unconsciously.

The “Ekpe” and “Obasinjom” secret societies are amongst the most glaring in Manyu, where title holders are often referred to as “Sesseku”, and chiefs called “Nfor”. The Manyu culture is actually an interesting one, that most should have a feel of, whenever they set foot in Cameroon.

BRITISH MAN SURVIVES 15TH FLOOR FALL

A British man has survived a fall from the 15th floor of a building in New Zealand, local media report. According to reports, Tom Stilwell fell from his neighbour’s balcony in his apartment block in Auckland at 02:00 local time on Sunday (14:00 GMT on Saturday)

Mr Stilwell was trying to lower himself onto his balcony, which was directly below his neighbour’s, when he fell, police said.His friends said that he had bone fractures and internal injuries, but was “fine” and “a very lucky man”.

Surprisingly, he was awake and laughing this Monday, but had no recollection of what happened, his friends told New Zealand newsgroup Fairfax Media.

In a statement, New Zealand police said: “It appears that the man was locked out of his 14th floor apartment. He fell while attempting to climb down the outside of the building from a 15th floor apartment directly above his, in an effort to gain access via his balcony.” There were all the same “no suspicious circumstances surrounding the fall”, the statement added.