A die hard Ambazonian detainee; Esono Wa-kemba Nganya SAYS "Every right minded" Anglophone Cameroonian is willing to die for this course" during an Interview with Elie Smith ( READ THE TEXT VERSION OF HIS INTERVIEW).

Its been more than 1 year now since many of the Anglophone detainees held at the Yaounde central prison were arbitrarily arrested ...





Its been more than 1 year now since many of the Anglophone detainees held at the Yaounde central prison were arbitrarily arrested or abducted in connection with the Anglophone crisis. It will surprise you to know that even though the Anglophone detainees have gone through very tough times at the dreadful Kondengui prison, none of them have changed their opinion or view about the Anglophone crisis or are willing to compromise like Barrister Agbor Balla and Fontem Neba did to regain their freedom.


Most of the Anglophone detainees who have been interviewed by Elie Smith; a reputable anglophone Cameroonian journalist, have expressed their willingness to lay down their lives for the Ambazonia movement; which implies that the tough times the Anglophone detainees have gone through in the Kodengui prison have made them to be even stronger in the fight for the independence of southern Cameroon.


On the 26th of October 2017, Mancho Bibixy, told judges at the Yaounde military court, to free all those arrested in connection with the Anglophone crisis and sentence him to dead. That statement uttered by Mancho Bibixy was very shocking to the Anglophone Cameroonians but not to the Anglophone inmates because that is what many of them are willing to do.

A few days ago, i published Mancho Bibixy interview with Elie Smith. The interview revealed how bold and courageous Mancho Bibixy has become.  When asked the question are you a unionist, Federalist or an independentist?

Mancho Bibixy said: I wore Tee shirts calling for a Federation. Pictures of the Tee shirts were brought to court as evidence of terrorism. So by the time of my kidnapping, I was a federalist. The rest, you can imagine.

For those of you who haven,t understood the hint, Mancho Bibixy is now an Ambazonian. He made that transition while in Prison.


On the 2nd of february, 2017 Elie Smith published another interview with Esono Wa-kemba Nganya; another anglophone Cameroonian who was arbitrarily arrested in connection with the Anglophone crisis.

Esono Wa-kemba was until his arrest working for Elections Cameroon (ELECAM); the body that organizes electoral process in the country. He is a native of Ndian division in the South west, one of the two English-speaking regions of Cameroon. He was arrested on the 22nd of January 2017 i.e. more than 1 year ago, as he puts it, on trumped up charges.

During the interview, Esono Wa-kemba told Elie Smith without mincing words that "Every 'right minded' Anglophone is willing to die for this course".




THIS IS THE TEXT VERSION OF THE INTERVIEW...


Elie Smith: It is a pleasure to speak with you. Could you please, present yourself to our readers?

Esono Wa-kemba Nganya is my name and I am from the God blessed Ndian Division. I am a dynamic, charismatic and polyvalent person. I was the Divisional Youth President for Ndian Division (CNYC) and because I resigned from my post, a day after I was arrested. I am a trained Apostle and a teacher of the infallible Word of God, which happens to be my first noble profession. Besides my primary profession, I am a Businessman and a freelance consultant/Life Coach on Financial Management and related topics and also a motivational Speaker and a married father.

Most Anglophones held here at the Kondengui Maximum security, are here in connection with the ongoing crisis, is it the same with you?

Esono Wa-kemba Nganya: Yes, I was arrested in connection with the Anglophone crisis, as they put it.

If yes, why were you arrested and where were you arrested?

Esono Wa-kemba Nganya: I was arrested on Sunday, 22nd of January 2017 at about 11pm in Mundemba, Head Quarters of Ndian Division, South West Region. I was told I was arrested because I sponsored a strike. They made this up just because they saw money on me and to them; it was not yet pay out for salaried workers like myself. I was also told that I was the one who paid youths to distribute Ghost Town Tracts in Mundemba. 

What many won't understand is that, you were working or was part of Elecam, that’s the body in charge with the oragnising of elections in Cameroon. How come that, you’re in prison?

Esono Wa-kemba Nganya: Yes, I worked with ELECAM as the Divisional Head of Bureau in charge of Information and Communication Technology. Its true ELECAM is in charge with the organisation of Elections in Cameroon but I don't think they could have intervened to avoid my incarceration. I was on an ELECAM mission in Buea on Wednesday to Friday (18th-20th) the week I was arrested and on me were some ELECAM gadgets which some were handed to my Boss when she visited me at the gendarmerie brigade in Mundemba. But sincerely, I must admit that ELECAM has been so cynical towards my incarceration. 

How is prison condition like?

Esono Wa-kemba Nganya: The prison from an outsider's perspectives is a very horrible place. Yes it may be horrible, but I will say it all depends on the state of your mind. As a Pastor, I needed to overcome every challenge in prison so that others can learn from my examples. At first, it was my worst experience in life since I didn't see the state's justification for jailing me. Afterwards, I realised I was pulled into God's dragnet to see things I was too busy to see out of the Prison. We are very fortunate that we came to this prison and met a Superintendent so fatherly who took us as his own as a result, scared the so-called "grand bandits" from harming us. We have special considerations but couldn't eat the food prepared here for inmates since sincerely, it is not good. It's a place where you can learn anything both good and bad. It all depends on you. I've learnt a lot here in prison which I can now boast that, I was here.

What is your rapport with other inmates, I want to talk about the Anglophones?

Esono Wa-kemba Nganya: Talking about my relationship with the other Anglophone inmates, it’s HEARTY. We live as a family and I see it as an opportunity that God brought us together for a greater good in the near future. Many of them have come to know Jesus the Christ as their personal Lord and savior. Nevertheless, not all are as charismatic as I am and in prison, your charisma has a lot to play, without which, you will go through hell.

You're from Ndian, an oil producing region and also agricultural. People of this region are also known to be calm, why are they now revolting?

Esono Wa-kemba Nganya: Ndian people are more than welcoming and tolerant, but many have misconstrued this virtue for a vice or weakness. A people that respects and expects you to do the right thing even when you are doing the wrong, in their very presence they just watched should be feared. I'm proud to come from Ndian, but at times, I have a sense of regret coming from there, because ALL IS NOT POLITICS and they don't know when and how to transform their misunderstood weakness into strength. Yes, everyone has fears, but these fears can be turned to strength if you choose to, and this is what is beginning to happen in Ndian. "There is a wind of change blowing across Ndian division, which no one born of a woman can stop it, but it can stop and destroy everyone who wants to obstruct the move or wind". 

You may have been following the news and you may also have been informed that, AyukTabe and his team are now in Cameroon. What are your impressions?

Esono Wa-kemba Nganya: All things work together for good, that's the first thing I will say, Smith. I think Sisiku AyukTabe and his team are the right people for the dialogue, so that this long lasting crisis is put to an end. So, if they are truly already in the Cameroonian soils, then it’s an opportunity for dialogue.

Do you think their arrests and extradition changes the dynamics of the Anglophone nationalism?

Esono Wa-kemba Nganya: The Anglophones are fighting against inequality and marginalisation. The kidnap changes NOTHING in what the Anglophones are advocating for. Even their death will mean NOTHING. I've never seen this kind of resolve in any people. This kind of resolve can't fail. Every 'right minded' Anglophone is willing to die for this course. I can see that if there is only "One man standing", that is, only one Anglophone alive, he/she will continue the fight against francophone marginalisation and inequality. So to me, the opportunity has presented itself for those concerned to go to the dialogue table and put all the cards on the table and resolve this pending crisis. 

Since your incarceration, do you think you have been abandoned or still get some support?

Esono Wa-kemba Nganya: Whether Ndian has abandoned me; I won't want to answer this in public for some reasons. But I must assure you that, it has been a nice ride here in prison because God is opening my eyes to many things

As a youth leader in Ndian who did so much to assist the youths of your area get jobs, will someone be wrong to say that you might have stepped on so many toes and the people want their pound of your flesh?

Esono Wa-kemba Nganya: It's always but very normal that rain cannot fall without its impacts. It's obvious I may have stepped on some toes, but I've never done so intentionally. Maybe the love of my youths and Ndian people pushed me to do so. It's funny if you being a father/mother, you are angry with your son who stepped on your toes on his playground. I think it's your place as a parent to call the child to order, notwithstanding, amicably and mind treading where children play, so that they don't step on your toes again. All what I've been doing is for the love of my people and nothing else. I've been offered bribe more than ones and offered a job to stop what I was doing. I never wanted a job; I wanted Ndian Division to have their own share due them. I wanted Ndian Youths too to secure permanent Jobs in this prestigious oil companies on their soil, not just temporal jobs which they don't still even have their fair percentage as they ought to. I only got to learn from high places that I was set up for stepping on BIG toes. I'm not interested to know who they are because I've forgiven them already and they gave me a wonderful opportunity to be imprisoned and learned lessons that can only be learnt in prison. I've overcome prison, thanks to them. I will be leaving prison a completely different person.

Finally, what do you miss most?

Esono Wa-kemba Nganya: I Miss a lot, my mother, siblings, business, work, friends, freedom, but what I miss THE MOST, are my best friends, my wife and children.

Elie Smith: Thank you very much for speaking with me here

Esono Wa-kemba Nganya:  May God Bless you in what you are doing


This particular interview, got me wondering why our Anglophone brothers and sister going through tough times at Kondengui are still strong and fighting for the independence of Southern Cameroon but many of the Ambazonians out of jail have given up on the struggle.

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