Monday, September 16, 2019

National Dialogue: "An intellectual normally is not there to fan hatreds, divisions, tribalism" Calixte Beyala


The Franco-Cameroonian writer was the guest of the Sunday broadcast "Dimanche Midi" aired on the French National Radio station on September 15, 2019. An opportunity for her to comment on the contribution of Cameroonian intellectuals to the national dialogue announced for the end of this month of September 2019.

The grand national dialogue convened by President Paul Biya at the end of this month of September 2019 was one of the key topics of Sunday's " Sunday Midday " magazine broadcast on September 15, 2019 on the National Post.

Among the guests of this edition, the Franco-Cameroonian writer Calixte Beyala. Asked about the contribution of Cameroonian intellectuals to the national dialogue, the novelist stresses that " an intellectual normally is not there to fan hatreds, divisions, tribalism and I think intellectuals, we must remind people that we are d first, a nation one and indivisible, that we must live together in this diversity which is our wealth.

" We must call to lay down the arms. An intellectual does not distribute weapons. An intellectual distributes knowledge, distributes books, distributes notebooks, distributes pencils, teaches others, children to read and write, not to kill, "she added.

" So, we must reclaim and occupy the ground in this natural function that is ours, namely, to be finally the guardians of a society. We must learn to stay in our role of transcending ideals, parties and bringing reason to one another, "says novelist laureate of the Grand Prix literary of Black Africa and the Grand Prix of the novel of the French Academy.


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