Better known as a singer, songwriter and an exceptional bass player, the name of Richard Bona has quickly become a regular feature in the Cameroon political scene in recent times.
Among the highlights, we recall that the Cameroonian musician Bona Pinder Yayumayalolo A.K.A Richard Bona, refused a medal which was awarded to him by the President of the Republic Paul Biya last year. However, since the unfortunate incident of the Laquintini hospital in Douala which led to a controversy surrounding the death of Monique Koumatekel, the bassist opened to the press to express his strong disapproval of the “Biya regime“, according to the Guardian Post newspaper on Tuesday, 21 June 2016.
In a recent interview with the British Broadcasting Corporation for Africa (BBC Africa) on Wednesday, June 15, 2016, the singer was very vehement against the fact that a woman died in a public hospital in Cameroon because she could not afford the prepayment. Interviewed by the BBC journalist Bola Musoro, on the issue of he could still go to Cameroon, Richard Bona said that the Government of Cameroon can not represent the people and above all, “Biya can not prevent me from entering Cameroon“.
In a challenge show, says the newspaper, the musician added: “My grandfather was a king and hunting in the forest, and I’ll go and hunt, my children will go and hunt, nobody can stop me. They know my name, but they do not know me, they can draw up secret services against me, but I’m ready for it. ”
Although some have criticized and challenged him to focus on his musical career, he sees Biya as the man responsible for the poverty of the health institutions in Cameroon. He was joined in the frenzy of condemnation by another renowned musician, Simon Lonkana Ango (Longue Longue) who even composed a song in honor of Koumatekel.