Amongst the historical footprints on the sands time that a people or a nation leave behind, stamps capture the moments of history in a very special way. In view of the fact that history is often rewritten for purely opportunistic and transient reasons, the stamps of our past provide a permanent record of events that is difficult to refute. It is sometimes said that a picture is worth a thousand words; twenty stamps from Cameroon’s history colourfully document the winding evolution of its territorial administration. The people of Southern Cameroons became a part of the German territory Kamerun in 1885, and subsequently passed from a territory under joint French and English Administration, to a territory under mandate, to a Trust Territory administered by the British as part of Nigeria. In order to gain “independence”, the people of Southern Cameroons were required by the UN to choose between joining the newly-independent République du Cameroun and joining Nigeria. French Cameroons had achieved independence on 1 January 1960, and been admitted into the United Nations in September of the same year. Both Trust Testimonies had equal status, and to this day the question of what happened to the sovereignty the people of Southern Cameroons cannot be answered without exposing the fact that something went terribly wrong in the management of the end of the Trusteeship agreement. With this implanted cancer, the people of Southern Cameroons moved into a new arrangement known as the United Republic of Cameroon only to wind up in a country known as La République du Cameroun. Indeed, we have now gone full circle. The spirit of the people of Southern Cameroon has remained unscathed. It is not too late to heed the cry of a people so bitterness should not be brought to the boil. Let the stamps speak!
Solomon Tandeng Muna
June 1, 1995
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