Language, Culture and Identity: Case of Cameroon Anglophone Crisis

During the just ended Peace Summit in France, Cameroon's President, Paul Biya declared there were key differences between French- and English-speaking Cameroonians because of their contrasting experiences under colonial rule: "My country is complex. ... After the First World War, ... Some were under British colonization and others under French colonization. The result has been a juxtaposition of culture and civilization that makes things quite difficult. Well, we have done everything we can to put the two languages, English and French, on an equal footing but, the mindsets, as well as the judicial systems, are different..." Paul Biya explained.  ...
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A Culturo-linguistic Perspective of the Separatist Movement in Cameroon

Commonly dubbed 'Africa in Miniature', for its cultural, ethnic and geographical diversity, this Central African nation is home to over 277 living  languages (273 indigenous, 4 non-indigenous, 12 institutional, 101 developing, 88 vigorous, 56 endangered, and 20 dying) with French and English as official languages. Handed as 'bounty' to France and Britain after the first World War, Cameroon was geographically and linguistically split into 'anglophone', Southern or British and 'francophone'  or French Cameroon or territories respectively. For a better understanding of our analysis, here's a brief socio-political background on Cameroon: While English Cameroon witnessed colonial inclusion by the British, French...
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