This Tuesday, December 27, 2016, between 2pm and 4pm, a fantastic scene occurred at the Bonakouamouang roundabout in Douala, the economic capital of the country.
It all began when, under a sunny weather, activist André Blaise Essama landed there to implant a statue of John Ngu Foncha, an emblematic figure of the struggle for the anglophone cause, who died on April 10, 1999 at the age of 82 . Immediately, a large crowd gathered on both sides to admire the sculpture.
After a scuffle, the activist was forced to abandon the sculpture to the police. The men in uniform, however, had a hard time prevailing, so heavy it was. André Blaisse Essama went away free by promising to his numerous fans who chanted his name at the top of his voice to return with another statue …
The nationalist activist who has the reputation of destroying monuments dedicated to French settlers was released from prison only three months ago. He had spent six months in the New-Bell penitentiary in Douala for vandalizing General Leclerc‘s monument in the Bonanjo neighborhood.