In quite an applaudable manner, the people of the former British Southern Cameroons (Ambazonia) have treaded the path of taking their destiny into their own hands. The last close to one year has experienced a sequence of unprecedented reawakening, with the Ambazonian people demanding for their due from the evil, roguery, and occupier regime of Cameroun under the 84 year old Paul Biya, who has ruled the erroneously ‘united country’ for the past 34 years.
The diaspora is said to be a major determining factor for the success or failure of a people’s struggle especially in Sub – Saharan Africa, as historical revolutionary trends in the continent have revealed. The diaspora is most often than not inevitably involved in a people’s struggle, simply because of a change in experience, and a comparative analysis of the concepts of #freedom, #justice, #ruleoflaw, historical correctness, equity, equality etc.
The Ambazonian diaspora has not lagged behind in playing its role in the ongoing uprising in the English Speaking part of Cameroun. The diaspora has been seen in solidarity gestures, moral, financial, and intellectual contributions to the good cause of Ambazonia’s freedom struggle. The diaspora, is however, challenged to do a lot more. They could do better if better organised. The major weakness of the Ambazonian diaspora is found in:
1.) Disorganisation in information dissemination.
2.) Conflicting messages as to the demands/requests of the people of the former British Southern Cameroons.
While some are seen in embassies and UN houses around the world with federation messages, others are seen with messages of outright liberation from Cameroun. Yet, others are seen with demands of decentralisation. This mixed messaging only tells of uncertainty and knowledge inadequacy as to what we, the Ambazonian people want.
3.) Misplaced priority. At some point in time, the diaspora seems hugely deficient in the knowledge of identifying where best to invest the little resources available. A case in point is the more than $15000 raised in the purchase of a car for the detained consortium SG. This is not to declare this act as ill, but simply to state that, it was an impeccable gesture of ‘misplaced priority’. The diaspora among all, should be in the best position to ascertain most appropriate areas of resource investment that best enhances the cause, and push us closer and closer to Freedom Land.
4.) Seeming inability to converge under one revolutionary command structure. Inasmuch as the Ambazonian diaspora is doing a fine job in the communication aspect of the struggle, the other departments seem lagging behind, and this is especially so, due to the fact that, there hasn’t been any real concert of all major parties concerned to concretely discuss pragmatic measures that will take the struggle to higher heights. MoriSC has however upped their game a little in recent times. There’s need for the setting up of a vibrant executive command structure to lead the revolution NOW.
5.) Financial donations have been taking place in dispersed ranks. This is further worsened by the fact that, some unscrupulous fellows are gutsy enough to siphone some hard earned cash aimed at fostering the struggle. We have heard of donations taking place in the US, China, UK, Belgium, South Africa, etc. Why not converge, and do this under one tried, tested, and trusted account such as the one handled by the Ambazonia Governing Council? based on testimonials!
The massive and perfect organisational role played by The Gambian diaspora in their liberation from Senegal under the defunct Senegambia, is afresh in my memory. I think the Ambazonian diaspora can do even better, if the points are gotten right.
In conclusion, the diaspora of the Ambazonian liberation struggle has been a major force to reckon with especially in the course of the last six months. A lot more is expected from all of you our brothers and sisters in the diaspora, if this struggle must reach its final destination quick enough.