The United States react to the current ongoing civil unrest in Cameroon

For a while now North West and South West Regions of Cameroon launched a peaceful strike to let the government know they weren’t happy about the way they the minority were being treated. The Law enforcement forces in the country who are suppose to be protecting the civilians took the streets of Bamenda

For a while now North West and South West Regions of Cameroon launched a peaceful strike to let the government know they weren’t happy about the way they the minority were being treated. The Law enforcement forces in the country who are suppose to be protecting the civilians took the streets of Bamenda and eventually Buea to molest, brutalize and kill innocent civilians who were only speaking out for what is truly suppose to be their right. The went as far as breaking into student hostels and destroying their property as well as beating them blue-black. 237Xclusive got wind of the fact the a group of students where being detained and brutalized in Limbe for a crime unknown to all.

It is said that Cameroon is a country where freedom of speech is promoted. But with the recent happenings could we confidently say that is true? Finally the cry of thousands of people through social media was heard and John KirbyAssistant Secretary and Department Spokesperson, Bureau of Public Affairs of the United States issued a press statement yesterday November 28th, 2016 addressing the issue. John Kirby called for restraint over the violation of human rights and fundamental freedom. Will the Cameroon government heed to this appeal? Is the million dollar question everybody is asking. John wrote and I quote

Press Statement

John Kirby
Assistant Secretary and Department Spokesperson, Bureau of Public Affairs
Washington, DC
November 28, 2016

The United States is deeply concerned by the loss of life, injuries and damage as a result of protests that turned violent in Bamenda and Buea, the respective capitals of Cameroon’s Northwestern and Southwestern regions. We call on all parties to exercise restraint, refrain from further violence, and engage in dialogue for a peaceful resolution to the current protests.

The United States urges the Government of Cameroon to protect and defend human rights and fundamental freedoms, ensure that all voices are heard and respected, and preserve the guarantees enshrined in its constitution and international obligations. Apart from the events in Bamenda and Buea, we are also concerned over recent Cameroonian government actions to restrict free expression and peaceful assembly, including ten-year prison sentences for men who exchanged texts referencing Boko Haram and the arrest of 54 members of the opposition Cameroon People’s Party while they were peacefully conducting a party meeting.

The constitution of Cameroon guarantees freedoms of expression, association and peaceful assembly, and we believe that non-threatening rhetoric and activities – especially private conversations and gatherings – warrant neither prosecution nor government censure.

Source: http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2016/11/264595.htm

Urban Jamz Award 2016 – List of Award Winners

First-ever edition of the Urban Jamz Awards took place last night at the Chariot hotel banquet hall in Buea.

First-ever edition of the Urban Jamz Awards took place last night at the Chariot hotel banquet hall in Buea. This event was put in place by Valery Atia in a bid to acknowledge hardworking and talented artists and music-related arts of Cameroonian origin. This event was graced with the presence of entertainers from various parts of the country ranging from artists to producers to models to video directors, bloggers and what have you.

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Model Leufa Lizzy and blogger Yanky Baba Tee
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Talent manager and event organiser Suzy Mia
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Miss UB 2016, Actress Syndy Emade and Artist Ruffy NosliipGang
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Actress, Malvis Ann Mohvu

I must say this is a great initiative and pray it grows bigger and better. Below is a list of the winners in the various categories;

  • Song With A Message….Mr Leo
  • Best Album… Mboko God by Jovi
  • Best EP/MIXTAPE….. Raw Gold by Magasco
  • Best Diaspora Artist….Vumomse
  • Best Music Video….Stanley Enow
  • Best Music Producer….Phillbill Beatz
  • Best Contemporary….Charlotte Dipanda
  • Best Group…..Featurist
  • Best Collabo….Numerica ft Bana C4
  • Next Rated Artist….. Coolkid Berka
  • Best New Artist ….Mr Leo
  • Song of the year….Coller la petite by Francko
  • Best Female Artist….. Daphne
  • Best Male Artist….. Stanley Enow
  • Artist of the year….Francko
  • Best Music Video Director….. Nkeng Stephens

Congratz to all those who won more grease and keep working hard. To those who didn’t make don’t be discouraged but work harder! Meanwhile click on the link below to like their facebook page.

Urban Jamz Award Official Facebook Page