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Friday, August 9th, 2013

Everyone has their own Paul Biya

When someone says “Jean-Pierre Bekolo,” I think of the opening scene of his 2005 smash hit Les Saignantes—Adèle Ado suspended and twirling in a harness above leopard print sheets. The middle-aged man beckoning her down is in tiny silk thong; she fucks him to death. Of course it is very sexy, in a way that

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

Woman of the Year

It’s been a busy year for Cameroonian lawyer Alice Nkom, but then again it’s been a busy year for the Cameroonian government, and its various allies, persecuting and prosecuting anyone it suspects of being gay, lesbian, transgender,...

Sunday, October 9th, 2011

Cameroon and the President

Cameroonians went to the polls today. In an interview with SlateAfrique, Achille Mbembe (b. 1957, Cameroon ) explains why no one else but the 78-year-old incumbent Paul Biya stands a chance to win. “Having stripped society of all...

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

‘Cameroon is Cameroon’

CORRECTED VERSION: Cameroon’s government, jittery about the role of social media in revolutions in North Africa, last week suspended Twitter SMS on a local cellphone network. Not everyone are convinced social media will play a decisive role...

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

US STATE DEPARTMENT CALLS OUT MY BLOG

Last week The Brookings Institute held a conversation with the Nigerian Foreign Minister Chief Ojo Maduekwe on “The Nigeria-U.S. Partnership for Regional Security in Africa,” in Washington D.C. Not really earth shattering stuff, except when 52 minutes...