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.