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Cameroon: collective amnesia

Categories: Sub-Saharan Africa, Cameroon, History, Literature, Politics

Individual memory and collective amnesia [1] in Cameroon: “The absence of memoirs, autobiographies and biographies in Cameroon is merely one facet of a much broader problem, i.e., the collective inability (or unwillingness) of Cameroonians to keep historical records for posterity or to even consider these records as important contributions to the national collective memory. For example, there are very few publications containing key political speeches, landmark declarations and documents of our times (save those of Presidents, Ahidjo and Biya).”