The Time is Now (A secret memo by Bernard Fonlon to Ahmadou Ahidjo)

In 1964, barely three years after the unification of the British Southern Cameroons and the French Cameroons and the creation of the Federal Republic of Cameroon, cracks began appearing in the edifice. Dr. Bernard Fonlon, then Chief scribe of the K.N.D.P. (the ruling party in the former Southern Cameroons), wrote a secret letter to President Ahidjo informing him that the KNDP was disillusioned with its marginalization within the federation.

This letter, which was made public after Fonlon’s death, was definitely a precursor to many other secret and public letters, memos, books, articles, etc., that would be written about the marginalization of the institutions and people of the former Southern Cameroons within the bilingual Cameroon Republic:

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