One of Cameroon’s lagest revenue source the Mboppi market in Douala City is on fire !!!

More than 12 shops in Mboppi market situated on the peripheries of the center town of Douala were on May 15 2011 destroyed by an inferno which began at about 3pm. Witnesses said the fire sparked off form a small paper workshop before spreading to the cosmetic section of the market, considered to be very influential in the Central Africa sub region.
One of the Traders, Jules Alain told reporters that it took the fire-fighters close to one hour to put out the flames because of difficult access into the Mboppi market. The situation was further complicated because the market does not own adequate water supply points.

 Security forces and military men immediately mounted guard all around the market to prevent locals and other commuters from looting property. A security source said more than 4 people were arrested and whisked off for detention. This was after the Governor of the Littoral region, Fai Yengo Francis and his etat major visited the market.

Like in almost fire disasters which have so far touched several markets in Cameroon, the origins of the flames at the Mboppi market remain unknown. Accusing fingers are pointing at the anarchical installation of electricity cables like what obtains in other markets, of been responsible for the inferno. A commission of inquiry which was immediately created was charged with identifying the exact cause of the fire incident with material loss estimated at millions of Fcfa.
The president of the association of Traders of Mboppi, Alice Makedjou said they do hope that the commission of inquiry would do its job well and fast to allow traders resume commercial activities. The fire at Mboppi market come after that of the Central market, Bonamousadi, Sandaga in the Littoral, Bertoua in the East and Tiko in the South West Region of Cameroon.

Solomon Amabo
Sub-edited by N. Tonguem  


The Rivers State Government has confirmed the purchase of a brand new $45million Bombardier Jet for Governor Chibuike Amaechi.

The Rivers State Government has confirmed the purchase of a brand new $45million Bombardier Jet for Governor Chibuike Amaechi. Reacting to inquiries, Mrs. Ibim Semenitari Commissioner for Information said; “It was paid for two years ago. The reason is for safety. The new aircraft is a much safer one.” She said plans are already in place to sell the old aircraft.
A report criticizing Ameachi over the purchase of a new aircraft at a time his state is ravaged by flood and several people rendered homeless said Amaechi acquired the brand new Bombardier Global 5000 (N565RS) for his exclusive use.

Semenitari however pointed out that the purchase was made two years ago based on expert advice that the new one is safer, and that the Rivers state House of Assembly was duly consulted before the purchase and the House approved of it.
Sahara Reporters had reported that the newly purchased jet left Montreal-Trudeau Airport in Montreal, Quebec to Dakar Yoff International Airport, and then it was delivered to the state government on 7 October 2012. The jet was primarily purchased from Bombardier in Canada for $45.7 million through the Bank of Utah Trustee account.
A Port Harcourt-based human rights activist has regarded the purchase of the new aircraft as “an ungodly act.”
A lot of people were said to have been disappointed in the governor when they heard rumours that he bought a new jet, especially at a time when several people have been rendered homeless as a result of flooding in the area; and also the bad state of roads in the South-South state has left people asking if the government really has the love the citizens of the state at heart.
Niyi in Home: Nigerian News; October 27, 2012


Suicide bomber drove a jeep packed with explosives into a Catholic church in northern Nigeria on Sunday, killing at least eight people, injuring more than 100 and triggering reprisal attacks that killed at least two more, officials said. (Tim Cocks, 2012).
Photo credit: Garba Mohammed and Isaac Abrak
The bomber drove right into the packed St Rita’s church in the Malali area of Kaduna, a volatile ethnically and religiously mixed city, in the morning, witnesses said. A spokesman for the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) Yushua Shuaib said eight people had been confirmed killed and more than 100 injured. There was no immediate claim of responsibility but Islamist sect Boko Haram has claimed similar attacks in the past and has attacked several churches with bombs and guns as it intensified its campaign against Christians in the past year. “The heavy explosion also damaged so many buildings around the area,” said survivor Linus Lighthouse.

Photo credit: Garba Mohammed and Isaac Abrak
A wall of the church was blasted open and scorched black, with debris lying around. Police cordoned the area off. Church attacks often target Nigeria’s middle belt, where its largely Christian south and mostly Muslim north meet and where sectarian tensions run high. Kaduna’s mixed population lies along that faultline.
Shortly after the blast, angry Christian youths took to the streets armed with sticks and knives. A Reuters reporter saw two bodies at the roadside lying in pools of blood. “We killed them and we’ll do more,” shouted a youth, with blood on his shirt, before police chased him and others away. Police set up roadblocks and patrols across the town in an effort to prevent the violence spreading.
At least 2,800 people have died in fighting since Boko Haram’s insurrection began in 2009, according to Human Rights Watch. Most were Muslims in the northeast of the country, where the sect usually attacks politicians and security forces. The sect says it is fighting to create an Islamic state in Nigeria, whose 160 million people are split roughly evenly between Christians and Muslims.
Another witness to the bombing, Daniel Kazah, a member of the Catholic cadets at the church, said he had seen three bodies on the bloodied church floor in the aftermath. In previous such attacks, bombers have usually failed to enter church buildings and detonated their explosives at entrances or in car parks.
A spokesman for St Gerard’s Catholic hospital, Sunday John, said the hospital was treating 14 injured. Another hospital, Garkura, had at least 84 victims, a NEMA official said. Many residents of Kaduna rushed indoors, fearing an upsurge in the sectarian killing that has periodically blighted the city. A bomb attack in a church in Kaduna state in June triggered a week of tit-for-tat violence that killed at least 90 people.

 Tim Cocks (Otober, 2012);Reuters.

PHOTOS :Of PSquare’s Private Jet Business Trip With Bracket Duo, Aki and Pawpaw

These men are real Igbo men strictly on a business trip it seems. Attendance: Psquare Bracket Duo, Aki and Pawpaw. We cant wait to see what this business trip would yield at in the nearest future.What ever the agenda is, there is no doubt that every work can be done by virtue of unity. More pictures after cut……

Can the Cameroon Entertainment Industry be a model for unity and fairness?

Cameroon is a country divided. Like many colonies left stranded after World War I, it has the mixed heritage of France and Britain. As a result, there are many tensions especially with regards to language. Southern Cameroon for example is part of the British legacy and there have been increasing demands for secession from the mainland body.
In today’s world, divisiveness and disunity in the Republic of Cameroon can have a devastating effect both on its political stability as well as its economy. Conflicts all over the world have shown that such an environment is not conducive for improving the well-being and standards of living of the people. With this in mind, it is critical that every attempt is made to unify the two sections of Cameroon’s population – those who speak French and English.

A starting point can be the entertainment industry. Historically, the arts have played a key role in allowing people from diverse backgrounds to accept each other and to see themselves as a united body. The Cameroon Entertainment Awards or CEA is a case in point. For a long time, so many awards celebrations in Cameroon have been dominated by french-speaking artists or Francophone which has been a matter of some concern amongst those who wish to see the entertainment industry promote peace and harmony.
Therefore it was a matter of some pride and hope that the recent Cameroon Entertainment Awards in 2012 also included anglophones in their list of winners not forgetting the Francophone. Such a choice should send a strong message to people in the country that they are one and that segmentation based on language – or indeed anything else is not welcome in Cameroon society. One can only hope that this trend continues forward in the future and is expanded upon in the coming years. Even though the announce date for CEA 2013 is yet to be published, the CEA team are doing the best they can to make sure CEA 2.0 (2013) is an exceeding success.
Can this model of unity and fairness be replicated in other parts of the country and in other aspects of Cameroon’s social life? We can’t say. All that we can be sure of is that if the entertainment industry improves on its record and takes efforts to create a more inclusive atmosphere it will certainly have an effect on others. After all, in a country laden with strife and division, unity is an essential component if democracy is to ever take root. Let us hope that this signals a small but important change in Cameroon’s checkered history.

Technology may soon speed the distribution of food to crisis regions

Getting food into the hands of the hungry in the Horn of Africa is about to go high tech. Seattle-based humanitarian organization World Concern is piloting a new mobile phone app in the drought-stricken region, aiming to streamline the process of tracking food distributed to hungry families and payment to local merchants.
The mobile app was developed by Seattle start up ScanMyList, whose founder, Scott Dyer, created a mobile application to help retail businesses track inventory. When Dyer saw one of World Concern’s vouchers, he realized the same system could help the humanitarian organization reach people during a disaster more efficiently and track aid more accurately.
The real brain behind this technology is the custom database, which is not only programmed to receive data from mobile phones, but to “think” about what it receives. The database will identify possible duplicate entries, flag significant variations in data, and crosscheck entry errors. Then, the database is programmed to generate custom reports in real time.
While the “famine” has officially ended in the Horn, the long-term effects of such a severe drought and crisis will be experienced for many years to come. As NGOs shift response from disaster to development – teaching pastoralists who lost their herds to farm and other forms of livelihood diversification—there are still many hungry people to feed. This new technology will enable the job to be done more quickly and efficiently. It can also be used in other types of disasters, particularly in cash-for-work programs.
World Concern has been distributing food and emergency supplies to families affected by the Horn of Africa drought since July 2011. As famine spread throughout the region, aid organizations struggled to reach millions of people, especially those living in southern Somalia. World Concern distributed vouchers to hungry families who were able to purchase food from local merchants. 
It is believed this system will best supports transparency, the local economy and helps ensure food reaches those in greatest need.