Tuesday, February 4, 2020

'I don't understand that he is still the president' He has been in power almost since my birth. It's ridiculous. Why do Cameroonians accept this? Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on Jeune Afrique

It is an interview with broken sticks that the famous novelist, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie gave to the weekly Jeune Afrique. 

The interviewer sought to find out why the committed feminist has been particularly interested in Cameroon lately, to the point of publishing a few months ago in the famous American newspaper The New York Times, "a tribute to vitriol on the English-speaking crisis in Cameroon ”. 

“Because I have a close friend who lives in the English-speaking region. I had been very worried that I would not be able to reach him after the long internet outage, images of the conflict were reaching me and, of course, I read the newspapers and I was enraged to see so many abuses of power. The Cameroon case broke my heart and I wanted the Americans to know what is going on there, "she explained before pouring out on President Paul Biya, the 87-year-old man who heads the Cameroon since 1982.

"I don't understand that he is still president. He has been in power almost since my birth. It's ridiculous. Why do Cameroonians accept this? If at least the country was stable, well governed, with regions equal to each other and a low unemployment rate, if at least it was a country where public order prevails and where health and quality education... But that's not the case. It is no better in Nigeria: nearly 200 million people are led by a small minority. Our leaders have managed to put us to sleep, otherwise people will take to the streets and not leave until they have left, "said the 43-year-old writer. 

Relaunched on the English-speaking crisis, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie rebelled against the softness of the reaction of France. 

“It upsets me that the United States gives far more voice than France, which cannot ignore what is really going on. But it is in the scheme of things, after all: Paris has a long tradition of supporting dictators in French-speaking Africa. Paul Biya is responsible for the situation prevailing in his country, of course. But would it have lasted as long if it were not supported by France? And this applies to other French-speaking presidents. Until we have a frank and open debate on these issues, we will not have a lesson in democracy from Paris. But nobody wants to talk about it. Instead, we talk about corruption in Africa, the sending of French troops to the Sahel ... Besides, I was offended to see that France was summoning African leaders [in Pau, January 13], that these put on their thirty-one and went there most naturally in the world. It's ridiculous! Exclaimed the one who was classified two years ago by Jeune Afrique, second among the 50 most influential Africans.

Source: Dailynewscameroon.com