Kinship, Ritual and Oroko Existentialism

Among the Oroko (Balue), the death of a spouse when the couple is still young is an abomination. It is an ill omen for the living spouse which may haunt his/her entire life with respect to subsequent decisions to get married. When a man or woman dies, leaving a spouse who can still get married in the future, the bokpisi ritual is conducted to help the living spouse find another partner whenever it is necessary for him or her. Continue reading Kinship, Ritual and Oroko Existentialism

A Globalised Network Society? A Critical Overview of the Glocalisation of Information Networking

Since the invention of the Internet in the mid-20th century, and the accompanying developments that this age has seen from that time, there has been a constant tendency for social commentators to acclaim this period as the globalised age or the era without boundaries. Marshal McLuhan claimed in the 1960s that the world was turning into a global village; a place where everyone was everyone’s neighbour in almost the right sense of the word (Gibson & Murray, 2012; Logan, 2011). Given recent tremendous shifts in technological development, the swiftness with which time evolves, the seeming evaporation of geographical spaces and the fusion of cultural and social practices almost on a universal scale, one can hardly argue against the claim that the world is truly a globalised village. At the height of this “merging” rhetoric is the new concept of a network society offering, even the most poignant prospects of a world united, in a way, through a mesh of social webs. Continue reading A Globalised Network Society? A Critical Overview of the Glocalisation of Information Networking

Fans of Horror: The Anglophone Cameroon Problem and the Question of Terror

Since November 2016, the Republic of Cameroon, West Africa, has been plagued by serious social unrest that for the country’s 55 years after reunification has never been witnessed. The English-speaking or Anglophone population has begun agitating against what they call French or Francophone Cameroon domination and marginalization of their 8 million population. Lawyers and teachers staged a strike which has affected all sectors of the two English-speaking regions of the country for over seven months now. In response, the government, under strongman,

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Paul Biya, 84 is President of Cameroon since 1982

Paul Biya, resorted to crackdown on leaders of the protests by branding them terrorists. Continue reading Fans of Horror: The Anglophone Cameroon Problem and the Question of Terror