Documenting the journey of a Cameroonian filmmaker
Imagine sitting at home after a sumptious New Year’s meal, relaxing and possibly chatting with your friends and family when your phone alerts the receipt of a text message. You pick up your phone no doubt expecting a New year wish from your loved one and behold… the text message is from POPOL aka Paul Biya. The message read as follow;
“THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC AND MRS. CHANTAL BIYA EXTEND TO YOU THEIR WISHES OF GOOD HEALTH AND HAPPINESS FOR THE YEAR 2011.”
That’s exactly what happened to some ‘ordinary’ Cameroonians on the 1st of Jan 2011. The message first came through the Orange Network in English and was followed by another message through the MTN inetwork n French.
Politcal pundits are still wondering whether this is not another gimmick to blindfold Cameroonians that he (POPOL) is our good president. This is in the wake of his admission of administrative lapses by his government during his annual New Year Eve speech. He also said Cameroon will witness more than one election this year but did specify. Notwithstanding Fru Ndi,s cry over ELECAM, Mr. Biya assured the body of his unalloyed support, adding that his administration will ensure things move accordingly.
Source: Paul Foanyi
Hmm Paul Biya you cannot fool me. That message fills me with both surprise and consternation. 28 years is a very long time, please bow out gracefully.