By Ndengu William, March 9, 2017
Cameroon Journal, Houston, TX – This weekend, Houston will be host to the first ever Congress of the Anglophone Civil Society Consortium. The congress that is scheduled to hold at St. Anne de Beaupre Catholic Church is bringing together Southern Cameroonians from far and near, including South Africa.
The event starts on Friday, March 10, with a closed door meeting exclusively for leaders of different Southern Cameroons organizations, and strictly by invitation only. Friday’s strategy caucus will be followed by a general session opened for all on Saturday, March 11. Admission is free on Saturday. Saturday’s conference starts at 2pm, Texas time.
Confirmed speakers line up includes Prof. Carlson Ayangwe, Barrister, Chief Charles Taku, Barrister Harmony Bobga, Dr. Christopher Atang, Dr. Martin Ayim, Dr. Elizabeth Akwa, Boh Herbert, and Ambassador Henry Fossung. Dr. Emil Mondoa and conveners of the congress – interim leaders of the Consortium, Tapang Ivo and Mark Bareta will also be speaking at the congress.
Houston’s meeting is very crucial, coming up at the wake of a recent meeting in Nigeria in which some Southern Cameroons nationalist groups and some Consortium members agreed to all work together. However, the role that the Consortium plays from henceforth in the ongoing crisis in the territory will be very clearly defined, coming out of the Houston congress.
Leaders of the Consortium hope to unite and educate Southern Cameroonians through this congress of its activities, brain storm on more effective means to intensify and sustain the current strike action in the territory. Fund raising will also feature top on the agenda, arising from the need for the Consortium to be able to support incarcerated leaders, other arrested Southern Cameroonians, as well as provide logistics to keep the organization very active and strong on the ground in the territory.
Considering the importance of keeping schools shut down in the two regions, participants will also brainstorm on effective means of keeping the status quo
until such a time when desired goals have been achieved, coupled with the release of all Southern Cameroonians in prison.