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Official reception of the Indomitable Lions at the Unity Palace [+video]


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  1. old man with pampers with ye fat woman why can they not just die nah??

  2. Fru Ndi, says he has asked Biya to step in and do something with what is going on in Bamenda. Well Mr Fru, he already has; cut off internet, imprisoned teachers, sent Ninjas. Sorry mr. Fru, is that all you got?
    The opposition needs a stronger leader.Fru Ndi has done well, but I think he is obsolete.

    • Were Fru Ndi to take power today, he will want to be there for life also. Considering all that Fru Ndi has led/managed the SDF, the man does not believe in democracy. He feels he is the natural leader for life with the SDF. He would do the same if he were president.

      • Abdoulaye Wade was PDS leader from 1974 till 2000 when he assumed power and beyond. Mandela was ANC leader from 1962 to 1994 when he assumed power and beyond. If you were Fru Ndi and people like Ayah Paul and the rest are disappearing, will you have the guts to put thinks into perspective like he did in that dungeon? Some of you are just loud mouth talkers after your personal ego instead of chasing the collective benefit. There is no reason to switch the tempo of a social judicial cause just for personal aggrandizement until executive stability is established through the presidency. Take it from Wade, Nkrumah, Nyerere, Kaunda, Nujoma, Kagame and Mandela.

  3. Chop Fire Anglo

    Ma Chantal la Barbie Cameriunais

  4. The First lady stands behind the president and she has to strenuously bend over to greet the players. She should be standing beside the president, shoulder to shoulder. Poor and antiquated protocol. She gained so many pounds too which made it quite tasking for her.
    In traditional despotism, the speech of the president was frequently interrupted by cheers and hand clapping. And the array of octogenarians and nonagenarians represent a long standing pool of lifetime cronyism with rules of operation dictated by colonial hegemony and the French masterhood.
    The captain missed the occasion to address all Cameroonians with even a couple of phrases in english language for those who can’t understand his colonial vernacular. In any case, both languages represent vehicles of slavery and colonialization. We’re all trapped in them.

    The journalists (poor ascription because they’re really not) have indulged in the usual programed praise-singing with poor allusions that the victory unites the whole country. Fon Echekiye used to be good in commentaries but he has completely fallen off the wagon. He seems to place the responsibility of making change in Cameroon in the hands of youths in the NW and SW suggesting that they follow the examples of the Lions. It is a painfully incoherent corroboration with such diametrical mutual-exclusivity.

    A cross section of the audience shows an array of old men and establishment loyalists masquerading as patriots. Where are the youths represented in this especially a couple of days before the infamously so-called Youth Day. The only youths seem to be the players swallowed in a sea of the “wizened”.
    The faces of those crooked politicians in senility and infirmity authentically represents a dying nation. Since slavery time, then colonialism, the African is a tamed being like a chiwawa dog that must only submit to the will of its master; the people to the president, the president to the French president and the integrity of Cameroon “mis dans la sauce de France”.

    On a positive note, congrats to the Lions!

  5. After Cameroon beat Senegal at the 1/4 finals, Biya said to chantou that these boys are doing all their best to win this trophy so they can have an opportunity to come and take a Selfie with her. See? They did. And she too was so happiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii taking selfies with the heroes. kikikikikkkikikikikkiiki. And then what happened?

  6. Now that the joyful celebrations are over, it seems logical to turn to the burning issue of the day – the extirpation of two provinces/regions out of the whole national orchestra.

    Will the prevaricators continue to insist that there is no problem affecting indigenes of the NW and SW? Should those actually wearing the shoes not speak for themselves instead of their many Job’s comforters?

    Joint effort always trumps isolated individual inputs in dispersed ranks. Let the bishops, the traditional rulers, the FRU Ndis, Wirdas etc make one concerted effort to close ranks and be on the same page for a change.

  7. The Ambassador of Gambon was exremely warm hearted and showed how friendly neighbours diplomatics can be ,it was a pleasure to hear his interview .Now if we can just set up together a oil trading platform of central Africans own to organise better deals together maybe oil traders (one company ) in countries that dont dont produce oil wont be giving out bonuses of 820 million to 350 people and make a profit of 1.16 billion 2015 just in 2015 .

  8. Is that a lion or a First Lady? The of grass to grace sinking every decorum on its path can never fit such a mould any better.

  9. Korup Forest Belgium

    Why she needs to hold that Cup? Was she on the field? And what concerns Fru Ndi, stop counting on that idiot. He is the best friend of King Biya.

  10. Exclusive: Cameroonian prisoners smuggle out footage of horrific jail conditions.

    The main prison in Yaoundé, Cameroon is “overpopulated, filthy and rife with corruption and abuse”, according to an inmate who contacted FRANCE 24’s The Observers from behind bars. This man secretly filmed, with the help of some of his inmates, the overcrowded cells and “revolting” conditions in which he and other prisoners are forced to live.

    Several of them worked together to secretly document the conditions in “Kosovo”, the nickname for Units 8 and 9 of Yaoundé’s main prison. From behind bars, they sent videos (filmed on January 21 and 30, 2017) to FRANCE 24, asking to remain anonymous. For security reasons, we have given a fake name to our Observer, who has been an inmate there for close to a decade.

    The footage was recorded in units that are, for the most part, occupied by inmates who have been convicted of aggravated theft. Most of these men are from low-income backgrounds and, within the prison, they are known as “ground-sleepers” because most don’t have the means to pay for a bed.

    “It’s like a concentration camp”

    We really suffer here. We live in revolting conditions and we are denied even our most basic rights. “Kosovo” is like a concentration camp run by the Nazis. Life here is truly unbearable.

    There are 2,800 people housed in this part of the prison. There are inmates here who are guilty of theft, armed robbery and rape, however, there are also many other people who only committed minor offences. Others are innocent. We are all mixed together.

    On Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, the inmates are fed beans and corn. On the other days of the week, the prisoners eat rice with a little bit of sauce. This screengrab was taken from a video filmed by our Observer.

    The food here is disgusting. The only thing we eat is corn and beans or rice with a bit of sauce. It’s been like that every day of the year since I first came here. In the morning, a 10-litre bucket of food is delivered to each cell, which contains between 60 to 70 people. That translates to less than half a bowl per person.

    There are only three toilets and one shower for the 1,300 detainees in Unit 8. The hygiene is worsened by the fact that, very often, we don’t have running water. Moreover, many of the inmates behave unhygienically and just do what they need to do anywhere they want.

    “You have to pay to be allowed outside”

    Some of the inmates build small campfires in the cells. Many others smoke cigarettes or marijuana. The air can get so smoky that it is hard to breathe; sometimes, I feel like I am suffocating. Every once in a while, I pay 100 francs [around 15 euro cents] to go into the main courtyard. Because you have to pay to be allowed outside!

    Sometimes, my family sends me a bit of money. But I’ve been here for so long that most of my friends and family are no longer available to help me.

    When you don’t have money here, all the doors seem to shut in your face. It becomes a struggle just to survive. The inmates without money can’t buy things on the black market and they have to make do with half a bowl of corn to get through the day.

    Constant bribes to guards

    Guards vary the amount of money they ask for as a bribe depending on the inmate’s social class. Photo sent to us by our Observer.

    Prisoners who are locked up for theft or illegal possession are punished by having their feet chained together for two weeks. However, the guards often ask for a bribe to take the chains off after the two weeks have passed. However, if a prisoner is unable to pay the fee, he might be stuck in chains for four or five years.

    Mobile phones, alcohol and drugs: “If you have money, you can buy almost anything”

    The guards vary the amount they ask for as a bribe depending on each inmate’s social class. The corrupt guards recruit some prisoners as “spies” and get them to investigate other inmates and to determine how much each of them might be able to pay. The price seems to be determined on a case-by-case basis.

    You can buy almost anything from the prison guards. When several of my fellow inmates and I decided to contact FRANCE 24 about our situation, we pooled our money together to buy a contraband cell phone. A security guard charged us 65,000 francs CFA [100 euros] for the phone as well as an extra 15,000 francs CFA [22 euros] to smuggle it in.

    You can also buy marijuana. The small pouch that you see in the video costs 650 CFA francs [a euro]. The small bag of whiskey that you can see on the table sells for the same price inside the prison. But the prices are hugely inflated: outside the prison, you can buy the same amount of whiskey for a sixth of that price. In the prison, a cigarette sells for 150 CFA francs [20 euro cents]. Outside the prison, you might pay 25 CFA francs [4 euro cents].

    “Some prisoners live in luxury”

    Some prisoners here live in luxury. These are the VIPs, which include former ministers, representatives and government officials who are often imprisoned for misuse of public funds.

    Only the rich and powerful are allowed to use the prison library. In some ways, it has been turned into an office for former ministers. It’s a place reserved for the rich.

    Other prisoners, who we nickname the “butlers”, do the bidding of these wealthy inmates. They go fetch them water when there’s been a water cut. They clean their rooms, make their beds, cook for them and act as their bodyguards. They are paid for their work. And then when they get out of prison they usually benefit from these connections to wealthy, powerful people.

    The account given by our Observer is corroborated by a study in social geography carried out by Marie Morelle, an associate professor at the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. Morelle’s research was published in the French geographic revue, Annales de géographie, in 2013.

    Yaoundé’s main prison was built in 1968 with a capacity of 1,000 prisoners. Today, our Observer estimates that around 5,000 prisoners are housed there. The last official count was 4,234 prisoners, reported by the Ministry of Justice in 2015.

    FRANCE 24 made numerous efforts to contact the authorities at Yaoundé’s main prison, the national authorities responsible for the penal system and the Minister of Justice. For the time being, none of them have responded to requests. If they do get in touch, this page will be updated accordingly.

    Article written with Liselotte Mas

  11. Castrate all these anglofools and francofools from cameroon……Let me tell the ignorants SCNC or whatever they call themself ambanegra…that imagine you get your seccession nonsense and My family that live in the new monkey state now form a group called KAMERUN and start a fight to get back to KAMERUN of 1911 and go to the UN and etc…..what will you say then? Just imagine this scenario…let me tell you I will personally lead this group if you try and you will never have peace in your monkey country.

    Is it not the exact things you are trying to do in cameroon?? Reverse something that was agreed and negociated and validated by the UN? The new order is already doing that reversing what was agreed after wwi etc…..with russia in syria…America in iraq etc……open your eyes..as I said even if that is not reel in your head like the SCNC nonsense is not in my head we the KAMERUN fight will be the same and no one will have peace in Ambabegra or whatever I am just putting this idea out there….you are showing to us that peoples can just get up and fight anything….why not call for the 4 south cameroon provinces to be reunited first??because you cannot try nigeria they will wipe you out of this earth