Dibussi Tande is a leading Cameroonian blogger who publishes the award-winning blog, “Scribbles from the Den” [www.dibussi.com]. A former Associate Editor of Cameroon Life Magazine and Cameroon Today, he has contributed to a variety of print and online publications such as the BBC's Focus on Africa magazine, Rhodes Journalism Review, and Pambazuka News. He has given numerous conference presentations on the use of social media for political activism and social advocacy in Africa. He has published two poetry collections and a book on politics and collective memory in Cameroon.
Latest posts by Dibussi Tande
Cameroonian Government Launches Campaign Against Social Media, Calls It “A New Form of Terrorism”
The government of Cameroon considers social media “a new form of terrorism.”
Cameroonian Rapper Valsero Launches a Scathing Musical Attack on President Biya's 33-Year Rule
"Look at these youths! All they dream of is to go far away / Look at these youths! They’ve lost the will to fight because it’s not worth it"
Hope and Introspection in Neighboring Cameroon as Nigeria Swears in New President
Cameroonians greeted Buhari's election as a sign of change because as one newspaper wrote, Cameroon and Nigeria are “joined at the hip like conjoined twins” in terms of socio-political issues.
‘Artists With One Voice’ Are Using Music to Keep the Spotlight on Ebola
Ebola still remains a threat in West Africa, but media coverage is waning. A US-based collective of musicians from Cameroon, Liberia, Senegal, and the US is raising awareness of it.
Cameroon's Government Tries (and Fails) to Blame Embarrassing Photoshop on Hack Attack
Officials claim a photoshopped image of the president honoring fallen soldiers was the work of a hacker. But it's not the first time the government has featured manipulated photos.
Cameroon Bloggers Rally Behind #StopBokoHaram Campaign
"My words, my pen, and the ease with which I express my feelings, choices and ideas in my writings, are my weapons."
Shame and Outrage in Algeria After Cameroon Footballer Albert Ebossé Is Killed by an Object Tossed from the Stands
"No desire to resume the league after the death of #Ebosse! #Disgusted. Our lives are worth more than this rubbish."
Ebola Scare: Trapped on the Cameroon/Nigeria Border for Over 40 Hours
On August 19, 2014, the Republic of Cameroon closed its borders with Nigeria in a bid to halt the spread of the Ebola virus. However, the government made this decision without giving enough thought to the thousands of travelers – mostly Cameroonian citizens and Nigerians resident in Cameroon – caught...
Cameroon Just Witnessed a Brutal Islamist Attack. But You Wouldn’t Know It Watching Network TV.
When the most brutal attack by the Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram in Cameroon took place, citizens had to turn to foreign media and social networking sites for news.
Weighing the War Against Boko Haram After an Attack Leaves 31 Cameroonian Elites Dead or Kidnapped
On July 27, 2014 the terrorist group Boko Haram managed to kidnap the wife of Cameroon's Vice Prime Minister, Ahmadou Ali, and kill his family members.
Cameroon's Marc Vivien Foé, ‘One of the Greatest Talents Ever in Football’
More than a decade ago, Marc Vivien Foé collapsed and died at the Stade Gerland in Lyon, France, during the Confederations Cup semi-final game between Cameroon and Columbia.
Why Some Cameroonians Protested the Visit of This Cote d'Ivoire ‘Warlord’
National Assembly President Guillaume Soro, who led the rebellion against Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo that sparked civil war in Cote d’Ivoire, was greeted as a unwelcome "rebel."
Slow Internet Connectivity Holding Back Online Reporting in Cameroon
In an interview with the online journal Tiptop Stars, Adeline Sede-Kamga, publisher of FabAfrique magazine and organizer of the recent Cameroonian bloggers hangout, assesses the state of online reporting in Cameroon: I think a lot of people are getting their voices heard online these days. Although there are a few...
How a Spat Over Prize Money Nearly Kept Cameroon from Playing in the World Cup
The Indomitable Lions players refused to leave their hotel unless they were paid their share of the World Cup prize money that FIFA gives to each participating country.
Cameroon's President Blames Boko Haram for Attacking While Soldiers Are Asleep
On the eve of the Paris summit for security in Nigeria, the Nigerian militant group Boko Haram crossed over into Cameroon despite the heavy presence of security forces.
A ‘Stressful’ Taxicab System in Cameroon
Ghanaian blogger Kuukuwa writes about her experience with the taxicab system in Cameroon: There are no taxi stations, so taxi drivers move around town all day looking for passengers. And, mind you, this is a shared taxi system. Depot (“dropping” in Ghanaian English), where one person hires a taxi isn’t...
Hordes Flock to ‘Apparition’ of Jesus in Cameroon Home
"I am still waiting for someone to post a selfie with Jesus at Odza."
Cameroonian Bloggers ‘Are the Future, and We Are Writing That Future Now’
An interview with Florian Ngimbis, president of the Cameroonian Bloggers Association, about language, the country's poor Internet penetration and more.
Friedrich Ebert Foundation Publishes Report on the Use of Social Media in Cameroon
The Friedrich Ebert Foundation has published a research report on the use of social media in Cameroon: To what extent, for what purposes and by whom are social media like Twitter, Facebook, Blogs, Linkedin, etc. used in the country? To find answers to these questions, the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation has commissioned a...
Cameroonian Minister Arrested, Then Released 24 Hours Later
Minister of Secondary Education Louis Bapes Bapes was taken into custody last week. His release barely 24 hours later has left more questions than answers.
Cameroon Demolishes 3,000 Houses and Render 15,000 Homeless
Blogger Mathias Mouendé Ngamo gives an eye-witness account [fr] of the demolition of about 3,000 houses in the Nkomba neighborhood in the city of Douala in Cameroon. It is estimated that over 15,000 squatters live in this squatter camp established on land owned by the Industrial Zones Development and Management...