Since 2017, the Anglophone areas of Cameroon also known as the North-West and South-West Regions1 have been the theatre of a separatist conflict that is varyingly referred to as the Anglophone Crisis, Civil War, Socio-Political Crisis etc. The conflict is also depicted in some quarters as an ‘identity conflict’ that ignited following demands by lawyers and teachers that sought to reverse decades of assimilationist policies. This conflict is a direct consequence of the country’s historical trajectory, and the form of state that was adopted following reunification of the French and English sections of Cameroon in 1961. Of particular interest is the deliberate and systematic policies designed to assimilate the Anglophone minority that was pursued by Cameroon’s former and current heads of state Ahmadou Ahidjo and Paul Biya and the successive Francophone dominated governments they have led over the past several decades.
I am a researcher and lecturer of government and politics in the Department of Political Science at the University of Bamenda in the North-West Region of Cameroon. My academic activities involve teaching courses at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. My research and publication activities spans the broader social sciences with particular emphasis on Africa in general and Cameroon in particular. I hold a PhD in Humanities (Political Science and Social Anthropology) from the University of Pretoria.