Documenting the journey of a Cameroonian filmmaker
With the Cameroon November 2011 presidential elections ‘looming’ ahead and I chose that word carefully, typical unabashed headlines are beginning to make their way into Cameroonian media. Headlines like “PAUL BIYA TO TAR DSCHANG-FONTEM-BAKEBE ROAD” or “PAUL BIYA VA BITUMER LA ROUTE BAFANG-NKONDJOCK-YABASSI” and so on.
Before I continue, I will define the word LOOM, the Oxford Dictionary describes it as;
‘a looming appearance, as of something seen indistinctly at a distance or through a fog: the loom of a moraine directly in their path.’
We are barely some two months away from the elections and we are still to hear of the actual election date. This is typical of the Cameroonian government or shall I say the Biya Regime. Paul Biya has been president for 29 years and counting and still cannot manage an election season? I’m not even going to waste my time trying to compare our election process with the West.
I can’t even say I blame just the Biya regime because apart from Kah Walla who has toured the globe trying to sensitize Cameroonians on her presidential bid, I do not even know who the other presidential candidates are. Where dem dey? Who dem dey? Anyways that’s a rant for another day.
Back to Biya’s scams and I dare anyone to say otherwise. I come from a region in the South Western Part of Cameroon called Fontem. A town surrounded by beautiful hills with one of the best weather conditions you would find in Africa. Fontem can be accessed through either Dschang in the West or Bakebe in the South West. The picture below gives you an example of the roads leading to Fontem from both Dschang and Bakebe;
Every election year, we read headlines like the ones stated earlier, giving us false hopes that our roads would be tarred. After the elections, we are left with our ‘roads.’ I mean there is a saying ‘Fool me once, fool you, fool me twice, fool me!” And we have been fooled once too many.
Who does this regime take us for? What irks me the most is the fact that our very own élite continue to play the same game with us. The so-called élite who are supposed to protect us are only concerned with saving their skin or keeping their jobs. How they sleep at night baffles me. Is there no honor left among men? What legacies are they leaving behind?
Paul Biya and your cronies, if you ever read this, please keep your ‘tar’ and let us be. We will someday raise the required billions of CFA needed to tar our own roads. And to our élite, please shut the f**k up! If you cannot protect and develop your own backyard, don’t expect me to have any respect for you! Enough is Enough!
WHAT’S YOUR TAKE?