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Press fuels democracy in Cameroon, across continent

The author in his office in 1992. (L’Essor des Jeunes)

On January 1, 1960, during the proclamation of independence of the French speaking part of Cameroon, I was forced, with comrades from Leclerc high school in Yaoundé, to take part in the big parade organized by President Ahmadou Ahidjo. At that time, I would occasionally write articles for the school magazine, but also for Les Nouvelles du Moungo, a monthly published in my native city of Nkongsamba. Still haunted by the September 1959 death of my father, a member of the independentist underground banned by France, and the assassination of underground leader Ruben Um Nyobè, I went to see Abbott Albert Ndongmo, who had just launched, in March 1960, a monthly called L’Essor des Jeunes. This truly steered me toward journalism. 

July 15, 2010 4:30 PM ET

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