After 93 days of a government-imposed Internet ban, access was restored in April to the Anglophone regions of Cameroon. While the country’s crisis is far from resolved, time without the distraction of the Internet has helped Monique Kwachou see several things differently.
An uprising in the English-speaking parts of Cameroon has brought to light a little-known aspect of the country’s history, one that its government has spent 30 years suppressing.
The first African to win the Google Code-in competition hosted by Google Inc. is a Cameroonian, a 17 year-old learner Nji Collins Gbah. A day after his submission to the competition, the internet connection in English speaking Cameroon was cut off, he barely made it, and almost missed out on the prestigious prize. We congratulate the teenager on the remarkable feat.
Two years ago, the Cameroonian government declared war on Boko Haram. Despite some progress, the group’s violent impact is still seen and felt deeply in the remote north of the country. In March 2016, International Crisis Group Analyst Hans De Marie Heungoup travelled for four weeks into Cameroon’s Far North Region. This is the story of his journey.
Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung (PhD), born in 1977 in Yaoundé, Cameroon, is an independent art curator and biotechnologist. He is Curator at Large for Documenta 14 (Artistic Director Adam Szymczyk), the founder and artistic director of the art space SAVVY Contemporary Berlin, where he has directed and curated exhibits with more than 200 artists from five continents. He is also co-artistic director of Galerie Wedding, a communal gallery space in Berlin. He has been living on and off in Berlin since 1997. He recently participated in the RAVY festival in Yaoundé, Cameroon where he gave lectures on art, epistemological pluralism, his curatorial approach and his skepticism towards Afrofuturism.
Cameroonian innovator Arthur Zang has won the second Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation for his heart-monitoring device, the Cardio-Pad. Zang’s remarkable invention could change the way that Africans access treatment for heart disease, a critical illness in Africa. The Cardio-Pad allows heart diagnostics to be done at any location, sent to a cardiologist via mobile network, and interpreted within 20 minutes.
In this interview, Viola Llewellyn talks about her effort to increase funding to small businesses in Cameroon through Ovamba Solutions, Inc.
Young Cameroonian entrepreneur, Vanessa Zommi, is the founder and CEO of Emerald Moringa Tea, a product aimed at fighting diabetes by reducing blood sugar levels.
Cameroon and FC Rosengård free-scoring forward, Gaelle Deborah Enganamouit, has been shortlisted for the second BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year award. The award is voted for by BBC World Service listeners. Could she become the second African player to win the award after Nigeria and Liverpool’s Asisat Oshoala who won the inaugural award last year?