Message to Youth Ndowè

By Medy Georges
4 Minutes

Is it not said that youth is the spearhead of the nation? I am convinced that 9 out of 10 people who use this expression in the Ndowè community and even across the country do not know the meaning and implications of it. Well, spearhead means: Progressive and effective element that figuratively refers to a dynamic person or idea considered a motivation. In South Africa “spearhead of the nation”, was the military branch of the African National Congress, which acted in collaboration with the South African Communist Party against the then ruling apartheid regime.

Phare de Kribi by MG
Phare de Kribi by MG

I give these explanations for young Ndowè to understand what he represents for his community first before his nation. It is clear that the current context imposed on us by the various projects implemented in our country, and the treatment of aboriginal people is not far from the ideology of apartheid. Land is requisitioned without consultation, the populations disguised without compensation, the non-employment of local young people in enterprises and various projects remain unjustified.

So do we need more to understand that the time is for a true union, for a common strategy for a joint exit of the different ethnic groups that make up this whole of his embrigadment?

The surprise is that young people who are supposed to break from the toxic habits of division fed by some elders are the first singers.

Letting emotions speak instead of science just to build an ego is not only lack of vision but it is also evidence of ignorance of history and ethnology.

The knowledge gained from the history books and the experience of the experience because having grown up all my life in this country; do not teach me that the Banohò has put Iyasa, Batanga or Bapuku into slavery, and vice versa! Nowhere is it noted that the Iyasa has taken over the project or funding that went to the Banohò or the others.

On the contrary, grandparents' stories are dotted with epics of glory, pride and covenant.

Then why do we persist in wanting to go towards a path that is not beneficial to us and has not borne fruit anywhere? How can we justify so much hatred, of identity folds except for the inferiority complex?

When the Douala Wise Group set up the history of the so-called “sawa” peoples in the 1950s, they ignored the approaches or knowledge of other communities they cite as descendants of Mbedi. This somewhere contributed to highlighting the word “Batanga” to the detriment of the other components. Is this a good reason for both to be frustrated? At the same time, it is not prescribed in any text that governs our nation, a prohibition of each people from telling their version of history. It is not appropriate for me to cite very close to us inventions of the history of the conqueror king that now become historical truths (will understand who can) so much as to mark the attention of the Head of State. Everyone can do this without excluding an overall view.

Young people must therefore be truly involved in scientific research because it is the only real one to divide us if that is our most dear wish.

Nevertheless, I advocate realism and invite each other to ask each other the right questions. What are we worth today? What are we spiritually worth from Campo to Dikobè? What are we culturally worth? what are we worth demographically? What are we politically worth? What are we intellectually worth?

If there are any positive or promising answers to these questions, then I will be happy to remain far from the Community actions being undertaken today.

As young people we are all victims somewhere of the self-centrisms of our parents and elders. However, we do not have the legitimacy to judge those who have failed in their mission. No one has forbidden the other to succeed or to think. We have a duty to correct things as soon as possible, because for those who do not know it, a tongue dies every 3 days in the world: that says language, says people.

I am young people who want the union of our communities, I am youth who work for this unification, I am youth who accept sacrifice and refuse fleeting comfort. I am young people who are considering things for the next 10-15 years.

You, what youth do you identify with? To the youth of nightclubs? Science of spiritual deception? Political and cultural servitude? Or to the youth of prostitution and the depravity of morals?

Can you stand up today and say that you are the spearhead of your community? Can you stand up and declare that you work effectively for the development of your country?

Let it be clear, I am Banohò, I am Benga, I am Bapuku, I am Batanga, I am Iyasa by blood and by culture: we are bound by a thousand ties that we do not know and that no one can break.