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Um NYOBE: 61st anniversary of the disappearance of the Cameroonian nationalist

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Um NYOBE: 61st anniversary of the disappearance of the Cameroonian nationalist

Ruben Um NYOBE, September 13, 1958 – September 13, 2019

Key figure of the struggles of independence in Cameroon then under French protectorate, Ruben Um Nyobè was assassinated in the Maquis on September 13, 1958.

61 years later what is left of his legacy, at a time when Cameroon is engaged in an inclusive national dialogue to end one of the most virulent socio-political crises of the last three years: the Anglophone crisis?

Born on April 10, 1913, Ruben Um Nyobè, nicknamed “Mpodol” (the Spokenperson in Bassa language), died on September 13, 1958 in Boumnyebel. Its memory remains alive in the memory of the younger generation, even those who did not know it, in a context where the colonial history of the country and indirectly, nationalist wars, still remain covered by the seal of confidentiality.

Earlier in the year, Camerouanis singer Blick Bassy paid tribute to Um Nyobè in the album “1958”. Proof of the perenniality of the image of the nationalist leader ©Dzaleu.com

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