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Saturday, 13 December 2014

Cameroon now has a call center for abused women

Photo credits UN Women/I. Tapang
Cameroon now has a call center for abused women in our society: Just call 243 425 668.

According to UN Women West and Central Africa article (December 04, 2014), During the 16 Days Campaign to end violence against women in Cameroon, representative of the International Telecommunications Union (IUT) Mr. Jean Jacques Massima said: gender-based violence (GBV) can be effectively eliminated in Cameroon if ICT tools are adequately exploited for the benefit of women and girls. “The use of ICTs must respect professional and ethical standards,” Mr Massima told to hundreds of participants at a UN Women Cameroon forum styled “Gender Café 6” in Douala, Cameroon’s economic capital. The event that held under the theme “The Role of ICT in preventing GBV in Cameroon” was also graced by the official opening of a GBV Call Center for survivors in the Littoral region.

Across the globe, millions of people were dressed in orange in November entring December; to symbolise a world free from violence against women and girls. Revisiting the official statement of UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, UN Women Representative and Country Director Mrs Rachelle Mian Djangone said women and girls experience violence in all countries and neighbourhoods but these crimes often remain unreported and hidden. “We must end the silence. That is why this year’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women is centred on a grassroots effort to raise awareness called Orange Your Neighbourhood,” according to Mr. Ban’s statement.

Photo credits UN Women/I. Tapang
In a bid to mitigate risks faced by women in Cameroon, UN Women Cameroon has established a toll-free Call Center in the Littoral, one of the country’s most vulnerable regions to gender-based violence. The UN entity has also rolled out several strategies to end violence against women including a Gender Café and the training of journalists.

Source: UN Women West and Central Africa

Saturday, 6 December 2014

This Saturday, Nigerian military intercepted a Russian plane loaded with large amount of arms



The Nigerian military has intercepted a Russian plane loaded with large amount of arms and ammunition, bound for neighbouring Chad, a security source has told PREMIUM TIMES

The plane was seized early Saturday at the Aminu Kano International Airport. The aircraft, which was headed for N’djamena, the capital of Chad, landed in Kano at about 2a.m. Nigerian time, the source said. All crew members of the aircraft have been detained by Nigerian forces pending further investigations.

I will like to end by saying good job to the Nigerian security force and system. For a long time now Boko Haram has been a threat to our national security through the Nigerian border. This is indeed sign that measures have been implemented and are executed as required. Many are wondering about the fundings of Boko haram? well lets not look further as this may just be the break though in cracking down the real criminals behind it all.

Monday, 1 December 2014

Thanks to Government intervention in Cameroon, babies are now born HIV-free


Cameroon News: Eventhough HIV remains a critical public health problem in Cameroon with about more than 570,409 people infected, mother to child transmission was still a big challenge in 2010, but has now reduced considerably as new studies reveal. Credit to the interventions of the government's commitment to eliminate new HIV infections among children and to keep their mothers alive by 2015. Through support from UNICEF and other partners the government developed an evidence-informed plan aimed at MTCT elimination. And to eliminate MTCT UNICEF partners with civil society organizations to supplement community mobilization activities and supports capacity building of counsellors and staff for stronger counselling services in every District Maternity Hospital.


Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Annual Show Fashion Week 2014 has started



Cameroon is gradually innovating and establishing itself as the fashion hub of the Central African sub-region. The flagship event of this hub is ofcourse the Annual Show Fashion Week 2014, which is the first fashion festival in Cameroon, aiming at becoming the first sub-Sahara African festival of style and fashion for black models.

In this year's event which has already started, Designers, model and African artists from Abidjan, Dakar, Douala, Yaoundé and France; just to name a few, have started converging in Douala so as to put on a one of kind show. Throughout this week, Douala will experience a buoyancy that will spread even beyond the national borders  via international media coverage.  

The presence of media outlets such as Fashion TV UK, CCTV, France 24, Africa Magic and rfi not to forget bloggers at this years event will propel Cameroon as the centre for the renaissance of Africa fashion strongly influenced by its culture. 

Hosted at the luxurious St. Johns Plaza, the 7th edition of the Annual Show Fashion Week is enhanced by many sponsoring partnerships like: MTN Cameroon, Tangui, Camair-Co; just to name a few. 

Grégroire Piwelé, who is a great supporter and promoter of this event and of fashion in the sub-region, as well as his team are braving numerous challenges so that the festival finally becomes annual just as its name suggest. 


Monday, 24 November 2014

Is Tunisia ready to accept a female president? ..!!



Is Tunisia ready for a female President: well time will tell…! Kalthoum Kannou, Tunisia’s first female presidential candidate was among only three women to dare to practice their constitutional right in running for presidency, but Judge Kalthoum Kannou has recently made history as the first female presidential candidate in modern-day Tunisia, marking yet another milestone for the “cradle” of the Arab Spring country.

A judge in the Court of Cassation, the highest court in the Tunisian judiciary system chiefly responsible for verifying the interpretation of the law, Kannou is Tunisia’s first woman to seek a post higher than that of a parliamentarian.

Aiming to be the world’s first “Tunisian, Arab, Muslim, female president,” Kannou was able to garner more than 15,000 nominations from across the country while fielding her candidacy and is currently touring Tunisia for her electoral campaign competing against 24 men.

Female parliamentary candidates in Tunisia hope the country's impending legislative polls, in which women will account for over half of the registered voters, will improve the image of the role played by women in the nascent democracy.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

18 years since the dead of Africa's most brilliant artists from Cameroon


Today we celebrate 18years since Kotto Bass primaturely left us at age 33; this was on the 20th November 1996 right about when the Cameroon's 1972 constitution was amended; allowing SE Paul Biya to run for another term (the 3rd).

NYAMSI KOTTO Auger Théodore aka Kotto Bass is one of the most brilliant artists in Africa of his generation though his star just started to shine. An immense and never-to-be-forgetten talent. 

Unforgetable as his three albums he left to posteriry. From Edith Ndola'a Ngo to Soukous fusion, which continue to be listened these days as well as Edith, Concours de patience, Oke Mado, Papa Promesse, Folo Folo, J'aime tout le monde, and Bamenda. Songs still sung by fans who are still crying the lost of a bassist with a magic and singular touch.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

African Union To End Conflict In Africa By 2020



The African Union (AN), has reiterated its commitment to silence guns in Africa and achieve good governance, democracy and sustainable peace on the continent by 2020.

The decision was taken in Dakar, Senegal, recently during the Union's 3rd Annual High Level Dialogue on Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance in Africa.

The Dialogue held under the theme; "Silencing the Guns: Strengthening Governance to Prevent, Manage and Resolve Conflict In Africa." The AU has set 2020 as its target for silencing guns on the continent in a bid to deepen the post-Cold War Peace dividend  among member State and as part of the African Agenda framework.

Nigeria's former President Olusegun Obasanjo

The commitment comes on the sidelines of violent protests in Burkina Faso that have ousted President Blaise Compaore. A situation which Nigeria's former President Olusegun Obasanjo, said was regrettable. "It is a regrettable situation because Africa ought to have passed this situation and it is a real democratic regression for the Burkinabe," stated Obasanjo.

During the opening ceremony, Senegal's Minister of African Integration and Good governance, Khadim Diop, remarked ; "violence in Africa constitute a new threat for the continent. The theme of this  dialogue shows that the causes of violence in Africa emanate from bad governance," Diop stated.

According to participants, sustainable development cannot be achieved under violent conflicts that generate insecurity and political instability. 

The main objective  of the 3rd High Level Dialogue was to explore the root causes of conflicts in Africa and propose policy measures through which governance systems can be strengthened to address violent conflicts on the continent. 

AU commissioner for Political Affairs Dr Aisha Laraba Abdullahi
According to the AU commissioner for Political Affairs Dr Aisha Abdullahi, Africa has registered the highest number of displaced person and 40 000 others could die as they attempt to sail across the oceans for safety. 

Olusegun Obasanjo said African leaders are very sensitive on issues concerning conflicts evasion. He then suggested that positions should be proposed to former Heads of States in order to prevent them from hanging on to power.

'There are even director position in the AU University where we have chosen to appoint these Presidents while waiting for calm in their countries or find them other jobs in missions" said Obasanjo.

He remarked that the prolonged violent conflicts in Africa have registered a significant loss of live, retarded economic development and environmental degradation and moreover,  slowed  democratisation.

The dialogue  was convened by the African Union Commission (AUC), in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Africa Governance Institude (AGI), the Government of the Republic of Senegal and supported by Germany through the Deutsche Gesellschaft Für Internationale Zusammenarbeit, GIZ.

Monday, 17 November 2014

Cameroon new star is born; her name is Daphne


Daphne is her name and yes..!!! a new star IS BORN in Cameroon. This December, she will be sharing the stage with Tiwa Sage, Yemi Alede, Don Jazy and many other big names at a Concert organised by MTN Cameroon. Her very first single Rastafari (below) is one that drove her to stardom.


Today she was on FM 96.0 (Nostalgy Radio); on the show called Genaration 2.0 with Brice Alben. She talked about her new album REFLECTION; the favourite of all those who called up and twitted was indeed BROKEN, the french speaking audience adored the fact that she started singing BROKEN in Douala dialect. It was a not to miss radio show; so many love twitts for Daphne came pooring. It was a win win situation . Sorry Brice Alben for being attacked by Daphne male fans when you gave her that kiss...lol. Congrats girl...

Yve Michel Fotso Pleads Not Guilty



After spending several years in jail already, the former General Manager of Cameroon Airline CAMAIR, Yve Michel Fotso, before the Special Criminal Court in Yaounde on November 6th, still pleaded not guilty.

Fotso pleaded not guilty to charges of froudulently obtaining the sun of FCFA 18.9 billion sometimes between year 2000 and 2002. 

The suit brought against by CAMAIR Liquidation Committee spelled out that the said sum comprised of FCFA 4051209866; FCFA 4606130515; FCFA8934203742, which was compensation for the famous Boeing 747 'Combi' aircraft as well as FCFA 1400000000 that represented the value of the wreck aircraft. 

After consultating both parties, Justice Francis Moukoun adjourned the hearing to December 9th, 2014, to give the Legal Department enough time to serve its witnesses.  When the presiding judge, Justice Moukoun, demanded the list from both parties, the Advocate General, Claude Taghim of the Legal Department, tendered a six-witness list which the civil claimants, Barister Ngango Ottou and Barrister Epassi also adopted. 

However, the defence lawyers, Barristers Martin Achet and Alex Mandeng, prior to this proceeding submitted to the panel of judges (Justice Jean Claude Michel Onana and Justice Yvette Siewethet) a notice stating that the defence will call for no witness throughout the court proceedings.

More on the court decision is to be unfolded as the proceedings continue...

Women in Cameroon Are Adviced To Be Economically Vibrant



The member of Parliament for Fako East Constituency, Gladys Etombi Ikome has urged women in Limbe to think well before engaging in any business. 

She was speaking at the Botanic Garden during a workshop dubbed "Empowering Women Summit" which brought together women from several women's groups. Throughout the workshop, ideas on conservation and business, improvement and importance of ICTs were discussed.

Hon. Etombi during her presentation on the motivation of setting up a business, told the women that as Cameroonian in general, and Limbe in particular is preparing to host the African Cup Of Nations. AFCON 2016 and 2019, stakeholders should begin charting how best to make the big sporting event memorable, while keeping the city more beautiful, attractive and entertaining. She added that women should know that the Government cannot do everything for them and so they must be economically vibrant and contribute to nation building.
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