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Magic, Colonial, Tribal Mentalities Killing Cameroon- Ateba Eyene 

By Francis Tim Mbom — Writer and Researcher, Dr. Charles Ateba Eyene, has said the belief in magic, colonial and tribal mentalities are stalling Cameroon’s growth.

He said, for Cameroon to emerge from its present state to become an emerging nation, it must rid itself of these three curses. Ateba Eyene was speaking at the University of Buea on May 9, in day two of a meeting organised by Cameroon’s National Anti-corruption Commission, CONAC.

CONAC took the opportunity provided by the All Cameroon University Games in the University of Buea to organise the gatherings on campus where students were drilled on sexual harassment and deontology in the university milieu, ethics and the practice of sports. Ateba Eyene, while talking on Ethics and the Practice of Sports in the University milieu, touched on other ills affecting Cameroon as a whole.

Ateba said Cameroon cannot succeed unless it abandons its belief in magic, corruption, colonial and tribal mentalities. Ateba Eyene attributed Cameroon’s failure to participate at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa to the failure of a band of ‘marabous’ that Cameroon hired to do the magic for them.

Ateba said if winning football and succeeding in other aspects of development or life depended on magic, then India, revered for its exploits in the field of magic, should be winning almost every cup in sports. He said Cameroon was still tied to its colonial past, while tribalism was still the order of the day. He also expounded on the importance of respect for ethics in sports and other areas of national life.

He thanked CONAC for having organised the gathering because, as he said, when students cheat during games, it goes against the rules and ethics of sports and that cheating is a form of corruption. “It is important that university games be played by students and not by hired mercenaries,” he urged.

University As The Mirror

Ateba described the university as a place where the best of a country’s citizens are formed. In this light, he stated that the university should serve as the mirror of the society. He regretted that our universities in Cameroon were far from this. “But, today, some of our universities are places where corruption thrives; marks are sold,” he said, “Universities should not be places for prostitution and so on.”

He advised the students to study because it is only through hard work that they can succeed. He also cautioned them to steer clear of the distractions of the day: night clubbing and other pleasantries of youths because, after they must have succeeded in their book work, everything else shall be theirs.

The Students marveled when Dr. Ateba who, at barely 40 and having written over 20 books, told the hall that he reads well over 20 books a month. He said he reads an average of 20 books a month and sleep an average of three hours daily because he believes that knowledge and the truth is the key of success. 

He urged students and all to practise sports because sports are relieving and more or less a form of medication for several dysfunctions in the body. “You risk becoming handicapped in certain aspect when you don’t practise sports,” he said. On behalf of the Vice Chancellor of the University of Buea, Prof. Andre Veso thanked Dr. Ateba and urged the students to make good use of the knowledge they garnered from the gathering.

Irene Che Morikang, on behalf of the Director of CONAC, Rev. Dieudonne Massi Gams, expressed their immense thanks to Ateba for the knowledge he had imparted on the students. She noted that their outfit was aimed at battling corruption so that Cameroon can be a better place for all tomorrow. The Evening was moderated by Joly Koum, a close collaborator of Dr. Ateba.

First published in The Post print edition no. 01343

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