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February 09, 2009


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Thanks much for this poignant and insightful review: the background material about how Bonass evolved into existence, the perpetual symbol of its degenerate existence and the omen of its obdurate metaphor for a rudderless, debri(s)ed 'res publica', puts Labang's poem of epic rot into sound perspective. His poetic engagement leaves me waiting with an obvious certitude that the lamented: lamentable portait/portraitist will suffer the banishment (reserved for the unheard and the unheeded) from the ivory halls of our present 'dis-knowledge'!We are waiting for it at the road-bend, I will find deep mirth in my very own contradiction...don't call me, yet, Mr Cynic!

Cameroon Tribune

Cameroon: Bonamoussadi - A Pig's Stie
Brenda Yufeh (Cameroon Tribune - 15 April 2009)

The student residential neighbourhood in Yaounde is marked by poor sanitation. «Bonas», as it is popularly called is a renowned Yaounde University I students' residential area which some people could today describe as a "ghetto". A ghetto not only because it is an overcrowded urban area with a high population concentration of the same social group that is "students" but also the collapsing and untidy nature of the hostels and its environ which has little or no hygienic condition. Inhabitants in the area live in squalid conditions with little or no respect for urban planning.
A stranger in Yaounde who does not know the Bonamoussadi neighbourhood can confuse it for a pig or garbage area due to the filthy nature of the environment in which the inhabitants carryout their daily chores with ease. As if to say dirt and odour is part and parcel of the inhabitants of "Bonas", one can see them move around with smiling faces as they jump over heap of dirt before entering their rooms or heading for the school campus.
Most of the hostels do not have rest rooms. Two or more hostels share one toilet. Those who do not have access to any toilet empty their bowels just anywhere around the hostels or in bushes nearby. The student residential quarters in Yaounde has majority of its houses with dirty walls and dark corridors, blocked gutters and dirty standing water just almost everywhere making it an improbable haven.
Rosemary Ngo, a second year student living in Bonas says it has not been well with her since she took residence at the neighbourhood two years ago. At the beginning she taught the environment was a nice one to live in given that a well tarred road passes through the area. But when Rosemary had to move some metres further into the neighbourhood it was a total mess. Some hostels had toilets in front of their main doors.
Worst still some of these toilets are dilapidated and out of use. But some people still find time to use them thus creating unpleasant moments for those who stay around them. For those hostels which have toilets, there is constant shortage of water.
This makes usage difficult given that they are constantly dirty. While most hostels do not have potable water, the available wells are so dirty that collecting water from them for any house chores is impossible.
Henrietta Maenji wonders why certain neighborhoods stay cleaner than others. She was taken aback one day around "Bonas" when she had to move for more than an hour looking for somewhere to empty a chewing gum paper she had.
"So I just put it in my pocket" she said. But she became absurd when she noticed that it was a neighborhood where no one cares and makes more of a mess. Henrietta later said "oh what's the big deal, if I hold it off to throw it in the trashcan, like I did before, people are still going to throw trash on the floor 24/7, so why the hell not?"

justin yamedjou

please i am looking for telephone number in bonamoussadi concerning Primarie bording scholl or any of them

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