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The Myopism, Hypocrisy and pitfalls of Old Pancho’s 80 – 20 concept

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Old Pancho Cy international is a good man and a humanitarian who has the interest of his people at the top of his scale of preference. 

He has helped hundreds of prisoners regain their freedom, fed them, and gave them material support under the auspices of his NGO(Prisoner support Cameroon). 

We have seen him zealously fighting the 80 – 20 fight—pushing vigorously for the consumption and prioritization of homemade content over foreign content—Most especially, content from Neighbouring Nigeria.

After the 80 – 20 comedy show, OLD Pancho Cy international will understand the following things about Anglophone fans, followers and showbiz in English-speaking Cameroon. 

  • They are readily available in comment sections to praise and swell egos but are hardly ever found attending live events.
  • They are giveaway fans(for the event hall to be full of fans, tickets; and transportation must be procured by industry stakeholders and given for free to the fans).

 “Tortoise like boxing but na ei hand short”.

  • They are broke and mostly surf on free data modes catching cruises.
  • They are like driftwoods in the middle of the ocean—if the wave says, North; there, they go—if It says South, they move with it.
  • The same people he is fighting for;  will hardly ever reciprocate.

The 80 – 20 concept, when viewed from the surface, it appears to be a good fight to preserve and promote culture. The million-dollar question worth asking is:

What is culture?

The customs, arts, social institutions, and achievements of a particular nation, people, or other social group become a culture for their posterity. What you and I do today, and promote, eventually becomes culture for the next generation.

I feel and relate more with Nigerians than with most Cameroonians. Before the Caucasians came and mapped Africa and called us Njanga people, the invisible border lines we so much cherished today had no place. 

We were never Nigerians!

We were not Cameroonians either, but brothers. For one reason or the other, most often than not, because of succession disputes, our ancestors migrated with a handful of supporters to start a new tribe. 

Knowing Who You Are – The Battle for Birthrights Between – Isaac vs Ishmael and Jacob vs Esau

Ishmael and Esau will always fight Jacob. They know themselves today, but Jacob does not know who he is. Only tribes like the Bassa, the Bamileke, the Douala and the Mboo in the South West region of Cameroon remember their Jewish origin. Probably cos they never made it to the promised land as they migrated directly from Eygpt into Cameroon

Reference: (https://kulanu.org/communities/cameroon/lost-jewish-tribes-cameroon-april-2015/)

The fight between Jacob and Esau

About Jacob and Esau, the Bible says, “But the children struggled together within her; and she (Rebekah) said, “If all is well, why am I like this?” So she went to inquire of the Lord. And the Lord said to her: “Two nations are in your womb, two peoples shall be separated from your body; one people shall be stronger than the other, and the older shall serve the younger.” So when her days were fulfilled for her to give birth, indeed there were twins in her womb. And the first came out red. He was like a hairy garment all over; so they called his name Esau. Afterwards, his brother came out, and his hand took hold of Esau’s heel; so his name was called Jacob. Isaac was sixty years old when she bore them” (Genesis 25:22-26.

The fight between Esau and Jacob started in Rebekah’s womb. It’s a fight for birthright. Jacob won by deceiving Isaac. Esau has never forgiven Jacob for stealing his birthright.

Jacob became the 12 tribes of Israel. Ishmael became the Arabs while Esau became the Romans, and to a larger extent, Europeans.

Where are the 12 Tribes of Israel today?

Ancient Israel was scattered throughout the earth because the people rejected God’s covenant. It was prophesied that Israel would be scattered among the nations of the earth because of the people’s wickedness (see Leviticus 26:33; Deuteronomy 4:23–27; 28:25, 37, 64; 1 Nephi 10:12–13; 21:1; 22:3–4)

The only people scattered worldwide are the Negros!

 Who are the Negros, and how did they come about the name?

In the English language, negro is a term historically used to denote persons considered to be of Black African heritage. The word negro means the colour black in Spanish and Portuguese, where English took it from.

The Conquest of Jerusalem by King Nebuchadnezzar

With help from the Spanish conquerors, King Nebuchadnezzar of the Babylonian empire sieged and destroyed Jerusalem and the first temple. To show his appreciation to the conquerors of Spain, He transported Jews from the royal house of King David to serve the conquerors as slaves.

Reference: https://www.jewishdestiny.com/destinys-projects/heralds-of-destiny/completed-films-educators-guides/rambam/the-history-origins-of-sephardic-jewry/the-origins-and-history-of-sephardic-jewry/how-did-the-jews-originally-come-to-spain/

The Story Of Yahia Ben Rabbi

Yahia Ben Rabbi, also known as Yahia the Negro, was a Portuguese nobleman. He was reputed to be a direct descendant of the Hebrew exilarchs of ancient Babylonia that claimed direct descent from the Biblical King David and was the eponymous progenitor of the Ibn Yahya family.

Yahia Ben Rabbi is believed to be the first Jew to be nicknamed, ‘Negro’ in Portugal.  King Afonso I of Portugal, who knighted him for his courage by awarding him the title, “Lord of the Aldeia dos Negros” (English: Village of the Negroes), and presented him with an estate that had belonged to the Moors. Ben Rabbi’s nickname then became “Yahia the Negro”.

Reference: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yahia_Ben_Rabbi

 

KING James the 1st of England was originally King James the 6th of Scotland.

He was the son of a black father and a coloured mother both of royal blood. Without the necessary background, this may sound like a far-fetched story motivated by a crazy desire to identify black heroes in world history.

We should not forget, however, that after the Moors settled in Spain and southern Europe in 711 CE, significant numbers of black people found their way into northern European countries such as Scotland, Ireland, France and Denmark.

The nations of Scotland and Ireland, since the beginning of the first millennium, had significant numbers of blacks, who in Scotland, wielded political power as the kings and rulers.

King James(A black man) authored the King James Version of the Bible. Most people, including me, consider it the best-untainted version of the Bible.

White watching happed in Europe. The whites, through the Roman empire and its image; The Holy Roman Catholic Church dominated the world again though what became known as the ‘Reconquista’. 

Before the Romans and the Greeks named our great continent Africa, it used to be called Alkebulan. It translates as “mother of mankind” or “garden of Eden”.

The Expulsion of the Jews

In 1290, the entire Jewish population of England (about 3,000 people) were expelled from the country on the orders of Edward I.

Various cities in France independently expelled their Jews throughout the 13th and 14th centuries. They were formally expelled from the country in 1306 and had their lands confiscated by the government. 

The expelled Jews migrated to Alkebulan, Spain and Portugal. They moved to Africa through the North of the continent. When they found out that their brothers—the Hamites(Moors, Nubians(Ancient Egyptians and Sudanese), Numidians, Khart-Haddans (Carthaginians), and Ethiopians)—were settled in those land, they migrated Southward and Eastward. They morphed into the following peoples: Rwanda, Burundi, the Shona of Zimbabwe, the Zulu of South Africa, the Luba of Congo, the Sukuma of Tanzania, the Kikuyu of Kenya, the Xhosa people of Southern Africa and the Pedi of South Africa.

The Spanish and Portuguese Inquisitions

The Jews who fled to Spain and Portugal became the Negros. Then the inquisition started. King Ferdinand II of Aragon and Queen Isabella I of Castile established the Spanish Inquisition in 1478. The Negros were forced to convert to Catholicism. Those who converted were referred to as the Conversos. Whilst those who refused to convert were convicted and were known as the Degredados.

Children between the ages of 3-12 were taken from degredados. Some were given as slaves to Portuguese families to be raised as Catholics. Others were shipped on the orders of the Catholic Monarchs to the Island of Saint Thomas(Sao Tome) to be raised as mixed-race people, brained-washed soldiers and intermediaries. They were known as the Lançados.

Reference: (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lan%C3%A7ados).

The Lançados played in Key role in the Trans-Atlantic slave trade.

The whites never brought Christianity to Africa! They brought Catholicism and her harlot daughters to Africa.

There are many differences between Christianity and Catholicism. Story for another day. Just a clue, the Bible in the book of revelation 17:5 identifies Catholicism as Harlotry.

She is Babylon, a spiritual harlot who has given birth to many children(Orthodoxy, Protestantism, Pentecostalism, Islam, Freemasonry, Calvinism, Lutheranism) in her image and is therefore called also “the mother of harlots.” She is also the mother “of the abominations of the earth.” An abomination is a Hebrew euphemism for an idol, so this harlot seems to be the mother of all idolatry on the earth. Her harlot children, then, seem to be the seductive call to idolatry in all of its forms of expression.

The Degredados were dropped off on the west coast of Africa by Vasco Da Gamma and other Portuguese explorers to work in Portuguese colonies. Even the name Cameros came from the Portuguese.

  •  From Luongo(Angola), Ba-Kongo(Congo) through the Southeastern border of Cameroon to the Mongo bridge and Mbongo Square in Buea—are found the descendants of the Degredados.

In all of history, that you were taught in school and that which remains obscure to you; Spain and Portugal will always be mentioned. 

We were told Christopher Columbus discovered America in 1492. Christopher Columbus was an Italian explorer and navigator who completed four Spanish-based voyages across the Atlantic Ocean sponsored by the Catholic Monarchs of Spain. He discovered America in 1492. 6 years later, a sea route to India was discovered.

They told us in school that Vaso Da Gamma discovered the sea route to India in 1498, but what they did not tell us is what/who he was chasing or dropping. Remember, he was Portuguese! 

João Nunes was a New Christian(New Christian was a term used to refer Negros who were converted to Catholicism). He was taken by Vasco da Gama on the first expedition to India. On account of his rudimentary knowledge of Hebrew and Arabic, Nunes was the first to go ashore in Calicut, India, and it is Nunes (not Gama) who uttered the famous phrase “We came to seek Christians(Jews, Negros) and spices. 

Vasco Da Gamma was either dropping off Degredados or he was using Degredados New Christians to seek out the real Christians who fled the inquisitions and sought refuge from the 4 corners of the earth including India.

Now, let’s get back to the 80 – 20 fight. The fight for culture. Many will consider their tribe and village as their roots, but to me, that’s but a branch on the tree.

In Nigeria, you will find people answering names like: ‘Agbor’, ‘Eta’, ‘Enow’ etc. In my village, you will hear people talk of the Ekpe (leopard) secret society. In Nigeria, the Ekoi, Efik and people from the Cross River region also have ekpe as a tradition and culture.

Nsibidi is a system of symbols or proto-writing—a pre-civilization system of writing—developed by the Bayangui and Ejagham people. Today, even the Igbos have a claim on this ancient system of writing. 

As Southern Cameroonians, for 50 years; we were administered from Eastern Nigeria. 50 years of shared culture, tradition and heritage.  

What if we broke away from LRC tomorrow. Are we supposed to automatically stop speaking French and cast away our joint heritage?

Had we gained independence by joining Nigeria, the Njang and Benskin cultures Old Pancho is imposing on us who vibe more and relate with Afrobeats would have been alienated. A Fon from Nsodom would have needed a visa to go perform traditional rites in the Foumban palace.

Now you got an understanding of why a man from Akwaya or Ekok feels more Nigerian than Cameroonian.

The Hypocrisy Of The 80 – 20 Concept

Emancipate yourself from mental slavery. The height of hypocrisy is to deny a shared culture from a brother who resides on the other side of lines drawn by the enemy(Esau) only to embrace and promote the culture and art of the enemy.

The 80 – 20 concept shot itself in the leg by bringing on board crossing-dressing comedians to headline the show. Cross-dressing comedy as art and means of expression has never been a part of the overall African culture, talkless of Cameroonian culture.

 Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel brought the tradition of female impersonation to the English music halls when they came to America with Fred Karno’s comedy troupe in 1910.

In 2022, cross-dressing comedians are headlining a show organised by a man who claimed the position of protector of what he called, “The Cameroonian culture”

I will like to reiterate that Old Pancho is a good man, only that this time around, he chose to champion the wrong course.

A man who attacked artists for smoking weed. Claiming he is protecting them from becoming addicts. These same kids he claimed to be protecting are being exposed to a form of art and expression never known to their ancestors. 

If the 80 – 20 concept could make room for a crossing dressing culture/tradition that was created by Charlie Chaplin in London, then it’s outright wrong and hypocritical to fight our Nigerian brothers.

All the history explained above is to tell us that, we are one people. We should embrace the whole than stick to the branch.

The business-savvy individuals who bring Nigerian celebrities to Cameroon always target the close to 4 million Nigerians residing in the country and Francophones who will rather go for the Biafra swag. 4 million Nigerians who are mostly business owners. 

There’s no major tribe in Cameroon. Worst still, Southern Cameroonians who got serious identity issues; are a people broken at the core by the ingenuity of Esau and the Berlin West African Conference of 1884. 

Capturing a set of people who preferred separation and migration and putting them together in a unit called a country explains the cleverness of ESAU.

Out of anger at being boxed and confined in a country called Cameroon, those little Southern Cameroons’ tribes became tribalistic and failed to forge a common identity. They all carry the prefix ‘BA’ to always identify with their common ancestry.

Francophones built an identity for themselves!! Once you spoke French, they saw a brother in you. Anglophone celebrities only made a name when they sang in French. They accept all and sundry that speaks French.

A different dynamics play when dealing with Southern Cameroonians:

Southern Cameroonians are supposed to excel and be great in everything they do. They are descendants of the Royal House of Judah. The children of Esau, when dividing German Kamerun made sure seeds of discord were sown between those of the Tikar(Sudanic Migration) and the Degredados who were dropped off by Vasco Da Gama on the West coast of Africa. 

The German Protectorate – German Kamerun

A protectorate is a state that is controlled and protected by another. Kamerun was an African colony of the German Empire from 1884 to 1916 in the region of today’s Republic of Cameroon. Kamerun also included northern parts of Gabon and the Congo with western parts of the Central African Republic, southwestern parts of Chad and far eastern parts of Nigeria.

For a second, Imagine us and people from the above mentioned countries speaking one language(German)? How formidable do you think we would have been? 

We were given several reasons why the first world war was heavily fought in Cameroon, but they never told us the main reason the war became imperative was to break the Children of Jacob united in Kamerun under the protection of the Germans. Esau clearly feared the outcome of our unity. Evidently, they broke us and divided us at different lines.

Most of the tribes in the Northwest and the Western region of Cameroon are offshoots of the Tikar dynasty. Common migration stories, shared culture, traditions, food, clothes and religion. If Esau(European tribes) meant well, he never would have separated a people so closely related and made them Francophones and Anglophones.

Why didn’t he create a country for the Sawa people? All Sawas claim descent from a legendary figure known as Mbongo. The Sawa (meaning “coastal”) are a collection of closely related ethnicities within the Bantu family. 

Bantu was not always Bantu. It once was Aba-Ntu. Aba for FATHER and Ntu for the people. Which translates as people of the Father, or God’s Chosen people. 

It always was Ba-Kongo before King Leopold changed it to Congo. 

Our forebearers, though they were possessed by the spirit of separation and migration, they managed to leave the ‘BA’ prefix. Ba-Yang, Ba-Faw, Ba-Menda, Ba-Kossi, Ba-nso to help us trace our origin.

Now you understand why Southern Cameroons and French Cameroon were created. Now let me tell you why Southern Cameroons was further broken into 4 districts(The districts of Victoria, Mamfe, Kumba and Bamenda). 

A common identity was created for the Northwestern tribes. Even today, Bamenda and Northwest are used interchangeably. Little wonder, most of our Northwest brothers identify as ‘Bamenda people’. Out of the Northwest Region of Cameroon, most North west tribes are seen as citizens of Bamenda.

On the other hand, the Southwest which had the plantations, oil wells, and timber….was divided into 3 districts. Divide and rule had to be implemented. A common identity was not created for the people of the Southwest region. 

A Bakwerian remains a Bakwerian. A Bayangui man is a Bayangui man. 

We are great people and the only way for us to amount to anything in whatsoever endeavour is for us to stop seeing Southwest – Northwest. And most importantly, we have to stop being tribalistic!!!

The Yorubas constitute more than 47 million people in Africa. There are 35,811,000 Igbo in the world. Diamond Platinumz is easily the biggest musician in Africa because his targeted market is the 150 million Swahili speakers worldwide.

For these people, Tribalism may work or is working! They have the numbers. The case is quite different around here. Tribalism has held us captive for way too long. We don’t have the numbers, yet we chose to work against each other.

Nso is the most populous Anglophone Tribe( 386,000 people world). How can I be tribalistic as a Bangui man when there are only 36000 Bayangui people in the world?

The Pitfalls of the 80 – 20 concept

80 – 20 is just another fight like the many battles and wars we’ve been fighting as Anglophones. When the Anglophone struggle started, I told the leaders to fix Southern Cameroons problem before attempting to solve Anglophone problem. Their minds like CY’s were fixed on a course. A course that ended up with Anglophones fighting and killing each other.

The Southern Cameroons’ problem is that of hate, tribalism, division and a sheer lack of knowledge. 

Hosea 4:6

 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.

Northwest dynasties and tribes are centralized and are more tribalistic. They will prostrate for their Fons. They are united in a certain sense and they will support themselves to the grave or hell. 

  • Endeley was the man who had insight, but Foncha and Muna took us to the Foumban Palace. History painted him as a proud man. Whenever I asked why Bayangians are the most hated people in Southern Cameroons, I was told it’s because we are proud. I grew up knowing pride was a vice, and then Witty Minstrel changed my perception with his hit song, ‘Be Proud’. And those who hated me for being proud as a Bayangui man suddenly became proud of who they are.
  • If it’s not Cho Lucas Ayaba, it shouldn’t be Sisiku Ayuk Tabe.
  • It doesn’t matter the song Stanley Enow sings. He will always remain a wack artist.
  • Afrobikossa is the hottest selling Cameroonian sound created by Phillbill. How many Cameroonian artists or sound engineers have you seen follow his lead to make it an African sound? Nigerians succeed because they all jump on board any hot bandwagon. It doesn’t matter to them who is driving or leading. If it’s trending, they all follow the trend.

If other musicians and sound engineers follow Phillbill’s lead and make the Bikossa a trend, Nigeria will definitely jump on it just like they did azonto from Ghana and Amapiano from South Africa……BUT, The Southern Cameroonian factor!

In a Land where every man is a King, there, you will never find a Kingdom.

Southern Cameroons

Empowerment of Southern Cameroonians

Instead of 80 -20, let’s get together and empower our people. How do we empower them?

  • Teach them, love!

Create jobs and invest in existing and striving Anglophone companies and start-ups.

  • Sensitise them on the adverse effects of tribalism on us as a people.
  • Preach unity and forge a common identity. We could be united as English speakers.
  • Stop seeing tribes and border lines.
  • Make proper use of the ‘BA’ prefix. We are the Chosen people.
  • Embrace our black brothers worldwide, starting with Nigeria.
  • Teach them soft skills like graphic designing, videography, blogging etc
  • Send them to learn culinary arts from Chef Dawei.
  • Teach them how to make money in Cameroon
  • Open up their minds to the world, rather than limit it.

An empowered Anglophone should be able to buy tickets, drive, attend shows and events. Artists and event organizers will not have to give out tickets and free transportation from their checks before fans will come to their shows.

Investors will be able to harvest good ROIs from their investment in whatsoever sector they invest in.

An empowered Anglophone will fly to Dubai to watch Beyonce perform. Go to Nigeria and patronize Wizkid and comes back to Cameroon and watch Reniss sing.

Conclusion

Given the history, demographics and other statistics explained above, nothing Anglophone will stand unless the people are empowered. There will be individual successes, but never a collective win.

There’s no Anglophone market! KO-c with millions of fans whines about not being able to sell few copies of his debut album. If an artist of that calibre can’t sell his own product, it will useless to contract him to perform at the 80 – 20 comedy show. Evidently, he didn’t bring any ROI to the investor. If his fans couldn’t buy his album na ticket for event dey go buy?

Artists and Comedians were paid millions(3,000,000 and 2,000,000 respectively), but they could not even share pictures and videos from the  very event that was aimed at empowering them. 

We will never be able to build a tower of babel speaking different languages

We are one people. Let’s emancipate ourselves from those little boxes we call tribes. Your so-called tribe would have gone through at least 50 different migrations if ESAU didn’t create those boundaries. Thanks to him, you’re very comfortable being a tribe while he Emerged into Nations(France, Britain, Germany etc).

Do not fall for myopic ideas like the 80 -20 shit. It will end like the Anglophone struggle. An opportunity for us to keep fighting each other. Embrace and show love to all and sundry. What you give is what you receive.

Stay blessed, and know I love y’all

Chef Dawei

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