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Journal of Scientific Research and Studies Vol. 6(5), pp. 62-67, October, 2019

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The concept and practice of living together in Cameroon: A historical viewpoint and common sense solution

 

Egoh Modi Aziz

Development Policy Analyst, Denis and Lenora Foretia Foundation, Nkafu Policy Institute, Yaoundé, Cameroon. E-mail: egohaziz@gmail.com, Tel: +237 683 21 99 28

 

Accepted 05 September, 2019

 

 Abstract

 

The concept and practice of living together in Cameroon is a vivid exposition of how the two Cameroons and their diverse communities are supposed to live following the understanding that the two territories and their leaders were established during the reunification talks around the early 1960s. This paper is a concrete analytical piece that aims to uncover in a critical fashion the concepts and practices of living together among Cameroonians across both sides of the divide. Anchored within the paradigm of Cameroon’s socio-political development, the paper intends to instigate thought-provoking ideas on how Cameroonians can better promote practical ways of living together peacefully, and propose concrete common-sense solutions that can help catalyze Cameroon’s progress towards living together. This paper revolves around three key questions: 1) what are the major characteristics surrounding the concept and practice of living together in peace? 2) What is the historical reality of living-together in Cameroon? 3) What are the common-sense solutions to take Cameroon out of its current trap of social lopsidedness? This paper moves with the assumption that Cameroonians have since been living together, but without the state effectively implementing the terms and conditions that historically defined the circumstances under which Cameroonians on both sides of the divide should be living. The study, therefore, contends that the reality of living together in Cameroon can only be materialized if there is a revisit of the 1961 Constitutional Clauses that defined how the two Cameroons should co-exist.

Key words: Concept, practice, living together, Cameroon, principle.

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