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Response to Mark Bareta’s Proposed SCBC – ABC Merger

By Francis Ntube – Chairman of SCBC BOARD

WE CANNOT BE BAMBOOZLED

My dear comrade Mark. Thank you very much for your commitment to our cause. I saw your proposal for SCBC and ABC to merge. I know your proposal is for the good of the revolution. But that proposal unfortunately will not fly anymore. We learn lessons and we move on. A dog does not return to it’s own vomit. We did everything we could to save the last dance but we were accused of not being 100% subservient to the master and many of us were proposed to be “garried”. Despite this, we have been good guys all through, we have had to bear the miscarriages of ABC and to transmit important events for the sake of GZ. The miracle to our survival has been the resilience to work as a visionary team.

Now let’s face the facts. What are we merging? Are we going to create a new SCBCABC TV, a cacophony of names and ideas under the command of one strong Man? Can one Man override team work or a few people dictate the outcome of the people’s brand name? How do you merge something that exists with a reputable value proposition and something that is still to be born? SCBC has a value proposition and a currency that spans two years of collective effort. ABC was merely an emotional idea which is still to come to fruition. Like an egg whose chicken is stillborn.

ABC is supposed to be on satellite and has not been on air since the 4th of January till today. It broadcasts live on Facebook and carries a different broadcast on its channel meaning it does not have the required technology to synchronize free Facebook broadcast. It features one person from morning till evening and has no brochure of its weekly or monthly programmes. Despite the fact that its technical team struggles to meet up, it is clear that the purported State Tv is actually a one person’s TV station. And this makes me wonder after when ABC TV was promised to the people as funded by a special donor who would cover all expenses and equipment without using MTTB tax investments. We have been waiting till date to see the ABC Contract brandished to the Ambazonian people to understand the real value, projections and running expenses of ABC TV.

Other than satellite and free Facebook for live shows, SCBC has developed SCBC android and apple apps, roku and amazon smart TV apps and Scbc website that all broadcast live 24hrs daily and now rates over 150 million viewers worldwide. It has a dedicated team that has made it a truly professional brand. It is on the verge of being commercialized to start making profit in 6 months to a year.

SCBC shall be robusting its programmes in terms of quality images and popular content providers. It is in discussions with various power houses to partner and start running adverts and commercials. From the adverts we expect to start being profitable. This is the first viable profitable Ambazonian enterprise.

Tell us brother, how do you merge something that exists and something that does not actually exist? SCBC was founded by Ambazonians in South Africa who believed so much in this revolution, that instead of using their TV Station to make money, they offered it to the people of Ambazonia. The arrival of SCBC transformed what was then just an uprising into a full-fledged revolution. It brought hope and pride to our people on ground zero, and for once as Ambazonians, we had a TV station that we could call our own. We invited our people with skills to come offer their skills. An opportunity they would never had gotten if we stayed under the yoke of La Republique.

That is how we got shows with Pricess Dora, Gilly-Gilly, Silas Atefor, Dr. Ngassa and Amba Perspectives with Derrick Yuh and Raymond Sama. We had our own General Manager of a TV Station which under normal circumstances would have only belonged to Charles Ndongo or Gervais Mendo Ze.

Brother Mark, you were one of those who previously clamored for the fall of SCBC, but what God has blessed, no one curses. I am glad you now see value in the work we have been quietly doing. And the good thing about you is that you always come round from your defects. SCBC is finalizing plans to privatize and become Africa’s premier Pan-African TV Station. Shares will be sold to illustrious Ambazonians who want to invest for the future of their children. We are confident that within one to two years, investors would have been reaping Return on Investments.

We have committed that in spite of the bad faith exhibited by some within the IG, and the attempts by many of our own people to kill SCBC,  SCBC will despite all these things still commit to the Ambazonian dream. It will continue to be the flag-bearer of our revolution and someday will broadcast live the triumphant entry into Ambazonia of our President.

The Board of Directors will be remodelled and hybridized with new implant to run the TV on the basis of competence and experience, and we are inviting you to invest brother in SCBC. No more selection of people simply because they reside in a country or constituency. For it to be the dream we envisage, we cannot contemplate a merger with ABC. we continue to respect and regard the ABC as the official voice of the Interim government, but SCBC will remain “The People’s Voice”.

We have heard that ABC has not been able to pay its Bills. It has been shut down since the beginning of this year. We have received also very dismaying news that acting President Sako and Sec. Chris Anu are now approaching the Kamto people to merge and share satellite images. How do you merge a One-and-Indivisible Cameroun agenda and a Restorationist Agenda of Ambazonia? This is so disheartening, even after we had proposed in the beginning to see how we could work as Ambazonians and limit the costs of production.

Months ago, the same had launched a campaign to demonize SCBC, calling it Millan’s personal TV and poisoning the minds of our people. Why try to destroy comrades who have contributed so much and who helped to get us where we are today? If these people did not donate their time, money, effort and knowledge, SCBC would have never existed. Lies were told that Sako and Chris Anu did not have access to SCBC contract, and yet it is the same contract that they used to approach the service provider and sign a contract for ABC. So tell me brother, How do you merge a lie and the truth? We had always believed that time will tell and the chicken will be coming home to roast.

So comrade Mark, what do you want us to merge? You have put it rightly yourself that the experiment is over. We cannot be bamboozled over and over again. We have had to make hard choices for our survival and our stakeholders and shareholders will never understand if we plunge ourselves into another blind date. Many who are finally coming to terms with the truth are already buying their shares and the ball is rolling. The lesson has been learned. Sentimentality cannot run a television and we have learned it the hard way. 

SCBC – The Voice of Ambazonia!!!

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SCBC, after having followed the dynamics that led to the uncivilized killings of some prominent Ambazonian freedom fighters and innocent souls in Guzang in the Southern Cameroons, vehemently condemns the act as a heinous crime against humanity and as one that has attempted to delegitimize our God-ordained struggle for liberation from French Cameroun, after almost 60 years of annexation, militarization and political subjugation of the autonomous State of Ambazonia with its clear-cut territorial demarcations as recognized by International Law.

SCBC, faithful to its mission as the “Voice of Ambazonia”, to cover the state of the struggle for the benefit of giving impartial information both to the Ambazonian people and the international community, decries and denounces the selfcentered narcissistic propensities of some Ambazonian resistance movements and their leadership, to undermine the collective efforts of the majority of Ambazonians only for self-gain and personal aggrandizement, to the point of sacrificing the lives of the very people they are purporting to liberate from the tentacles of French Cameroun.

Ambazonians of many facets and ramifications have fought so hard to avoid any in-fighting in this revolution by organizing themselves to finding common grounds, but some rogues have slipped in, with very personal agendas attempting to destroy an edification sealed with the blood of innocent civilians, seeing they have lost any force of argument and popularity, have resorted to gangsterism and creating terror in the counties and Local Government Areas in the land of Ambazonia.

We believe in the locution of Vox popoli Vox Dei, and therefore, demand that the perpetrators of the Guzang massacre, who according to the Ambazonian Interim Government and many activists and investigators have the name and title of AGC and ADF to surrender all their activities to the Ambazonian people and hand themselves over to justice. They should seize all defense activities, dissolve their operations and place themselves under the recognized command of true Ambazonian self-defense forces.  Every resistance must be guided by the rule of law, including the respect and allegiance to the people’s will. We must recall that the Ambazonian people, though forced into self-defense by the President of French Cameroun, are generally a critical but peaceful people who respect the right to life and the right to defending themselves honorably complying with the convention of Geneva.

Following these sad and undesirable developments and events, we need to take certain steps to preempt them and prevent them from ever happening in the future. Time has come for all stakeholders in the struggle to gather for an indepth assessment of how far we have gone, to evaluate the state of the union and see where we have gone right or wrong in order to remodel and consolidate our structures while sharing a strong commitment to meeting specific goals and milestones. We definitely need a renewed spirit to help us stay true to our original principles for which we think it is imperative and maybe overdue to call for a General Ambazonia Conference that will help in conflict mitigation, indicate the way forward for the Self-declared state of Ambazonia and prepare the scenery for imminent negotiations with French Cameroun under the mediation of the international community.

SCBC seeks to play a key-role in the definition, organization and coverage of such a conference to give all Ambazonian and Southern Cameroonian representatives the opportunity to exchange ideas, determine a better vision for the struggle and affirm an undisputed common leadership framework to bring the hopes of our people into fruition without unnecessary and further shedding of innocent blood.

Friday 21 December 2018.

Ntube Francis Eseme

SCBC CHAIRMAN

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Elimu, Swahili for “imparting knowledge, skill, and judgment,” is the handle for the alternative education project of the Ambazonia grassroots media project the Southern Cameroons Broadcasting Corporation TV (SCBC TV). SCBC TV was born out of the 2017 Cameroon government imposed internet blackout in the occupied territories of Ambazonia also known as the Southern Cameroons.

To start with, SCBC supports without reservation the General Strike (Ghost town action) of the peoples of Ambazonia both as an Ambazonian grassroots movement project but also because the General Strike in itself is a legitimate form of nonviolent resistance.  Thus we would like to categorically state from the getgo that Project Elimu while hoping to help our children learn from home, is NOT in anyway intended to nor will it in anyway undermine the ongoing General Strike.  It is out of our awareness of the importance of education in building a strong foundation for the life of every child, that Project Elimu is being put in place to help our children learn from home in the wake of Cameroon’s refusal to sign the Safe School Declaration, and Cameroon’s sustained attacks on our children and youth in and out of schools. We are hoping project ELIMU will also reduced chances of contact with solders, which has too often than needed turned deadly causing enormous heartache for several Ambazonian families and communities.

We equally look forward to fill the education gaps inherent in the substandard educational system that the neocolonial regime has been so determined to impose on our communities.

SCBC Background

Ambazonia is an English-speaking territory located between Cameroon and Nigeria in West Africa. Ambazonia has been under military occupation by the French neo-colonial regime in Cameroon since an ill-fated UN plebiscite on a confederacy between the two countries in 1961. Immediately before that, Ambazonia had been a UN Trust Territory under British administration— which is why the region’s primary colonial language is English, in contrast to Cameroon in which the primary colonial language is French.

For years there have been waves of protest over the second-class status that is forced on the people of Ambazonia. Despite agreement that Ambazonians get to keep their language and autonomous institutions, Cameroon has systematically eliminated these structures over the years. In the fall of 2016, protests erupted across the territory once more, this time in response to a strike by legal workers called to defend the Ambazonian common law–based judicial system. Though British colonial control was hurtful to Ambazonia in many ways, set in historical context, it was by far the lesser of the evils and left a legacy of respect for a personal-liberties based legal system that has been utilized by legal workers to protect the dignity of the people.

In response to this mass nonviolent demonstration of popular sentiment, the Cameroon military used excessive and unnecessary force to silence the protests. They used helicopter gunships to shoot live ammunition at demonstrations, they chased down and executed hundreds of unarmed protesters, and they detained more than a thousand summarily and without charge. In direct response to these atrocities, for the first time in the history of our struggle, some fractions have chosen to defend their communities with force.

To prevent the people from communicating and reporting these crimes to the outside world, the Cameroon regime cut internet access to the entire territory. In response, community media makers at home and in the diaspora came together to create SCBC TV, which broadcasts remotely from around the world to communities in the occupied territories of Ambazonia––the first community-owned and operated TV station in Africa with global reach.

SCBC TV has been the most prominent tool for mobilizing nonviolent resistance in the occupied territories in this violence-filled time.

Unfortunately, it is clear that the ongoing violence will prevent Ambazonian children from returning to school for the September 2018 academic year. It was in this light that SCBC TV decided to launch an alternative Education TV School which will air lessons into Ambazonian communities under military occupation.

Project ELIMU

September 2018 will be the start of the second academic year in which children in our communities will not be able to go to class as usual because of a conflict that escalated in 2016. To mitigate the damage being done to their education during this time of conflict and the importance of education to the future of our children and society, SCBC decided to start a TV School to provide Ambazonian children the opportunity to learn from home.

The mission of Project ELIMU is to provide a free, world-class education to every child in conflict zones where regular classes are not possible.  We are committed to ensuring that children in conflict zones, starting with Ambazonia can learn from wherever they find themselves just by having access to a TV set and a cellphone. In the medium term, we are looking to extend the program to children in bushes and refugee camps through Project Elimu Learning Centers (PELC).

The Tagline of the Project is: Each One Teach One, making learning a community commitment.

Project Background

The history of TV in the classroom in the US goes as far back as the 1950s. There is a wealth of literature and well-developed sample curricula for TV school projects. That work was further developed by the homeschooling movement of the last 30 years.

We look to build on that research, the developments in the alternative education community including online schools, lectures, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC), M-learning, and others to provide our children with high-quality education along with certificates from international accreditation institutions to go with it.

Project ELIMU material is packaged to maximize learning via TV School and optimize learners feedback mostly via cellphone.

Standardized Testing

Project ELIMU is looking to use a multitude of tests based primarily from the best international accreditation and certification institutions. That way when our students following the program they can take the appropriate test for them. We will elaborate on the tests and certification in another document. Project ELIMU will be making an effort to fundraising to cover the cost of some of these international certification tests.

Project Elimu Learning Centers (PELC)

Project Elimu also understands that there are now over 400,000 displaced Ambazonians hiding in bushes and over 60,000 who have sort refuge in Nigeria. For this reason, the project will also include the following elements:

  • Making same study materials readily available online in downloadable format in an app developed by the team called Udemia (https://wudemia.com/). This will enable people to learn from any smartphone or download the material and share with children in other accessible ways on the ground as part of the efforts to reach who might not have access to TV.
  • The project team intends to deploy learning centers across all refugee centers in neighboring Nigeria where all those of school age can also take time to study in the center’s ones they are set up.
  • The team continues engagement with various alternative educators around the world in a bit to continue the research process to make the alternative education not only accessible but worth it for the children who can access it.

To Volunteer, Contact or support the Project Team:

Write to The SCBC Education foundation

Project Elimu Team

Contact by email:  projectelimu@scbctv.com

 

We have received numerous complaints from ground zero of people facing a lot of difficulties accessing the SCBC and other websites associated with Ambazonia, Southern Cameroons.

Today we bring to you a simple and very reliable method you can use to access SCBC and any other Ambazonia, Southern Cameroons associated websites blocked on ground zero without having to run any VPN app on your smartphones or pc

Here is what you have to do.

Open the Google play store app on your smartphones and search for puffin browser, download and have it installed.

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Once you have the Puffin browser app installed on your smartphones, you can access SCBC and any other Ambazonia websites blocked on ground zero without to running any VPN apps on your smartphones or pc

Puffin browser is also available for Windows Operating System (OS)

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NOTE: Always remember to open SCBC or any Amba websites if you are on ground zero with Puffin browser. To make it easier, set puffin browser as your default web browser on both your smartphones and PC.This applies only to Ambazonians on ground zero. 

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SCBC TECH DEPARTMENT.

Since the end of 2016, Cameroonian citizens in the country’s English-speaking regions have been calling for more equitable representation in government and more respect for English—one of the country’s two official languages—in courts and schools. English has been increasingly marginalized, creating a society where knowledge of French is a necessity to attend the country’s top schools, receive government appointments, or conduct business.

Anglophones are also protesting the fact that more government resources are allocated to Francophone regions. In 2017, the two Anglophone regions were allocated a combined $153 million of the country’s Public Investment Budget, while the country’s south—the home region of President Paul Biya, who has been in power for more than three decades—was allocated more than $225 million, despite having a far smaller population, according to 2012 data.

What began as peaceful protests by lawyers, teachers, and everyday citizens has devolved into a near-civil war.

What began as peaceful protests by lawyers, teachers, and everyday citizens has devolved into a near-civil war.

The hands of those fighting back are certainly not clean—there are credible reports of ambushes on military and police officers, kidnapping of local officials, and extortion of businesses for financial support—but what has allegedly happened at the hands of Cameroon’s most elite military force, and members of the country’s other armed forces, is far more alarming.

Hard reporting has been difficult to come by and sporadic given the government’s grip on power and its tendency to cut off internet access in Anglophone regions for prolonged periods—150 days in 2017 alone.

But for months, there have been widely circulated videos of individuals in military uniforms—both those of the Cameroonian army and those of the government’s elite military guard, the Battalion d’Intervention Rapide (BIR)—committing a vast array of violent acts against civilians, including burning dozens of villages in Anglophone regions, torture, and indiscriminate killing.

In one video, men in military fatigues can be seen setting village houses ablaze before walking away to let them burn to the ground.

In one video, men in military fatigues can be seen setting village houses ablaze before walking away to let them burn to the ground.

Another shows individuals in BIR uniforms beating a man with a two-by-four. And in July, videos surfaced showing military officers executing women and children.

After initial cries of “fake news,” the government ultimately acknowledged its veracity. Sadly, these are not anecdotes; there is a vast library of documented atrocities—and with presidential elections less than a month away, the violence is likely to get worse.

The conflict in Cameroon’s English-speaking regions is rooted in the country’s colonial past and path to independence, and it cannot necessarily be resolved by outside powers. But the U.S. government could put a unique type of pressure on Cameroon’s leaders simply by enforcing U.S. laws already on the books.

The so-called Leahy Law, passed in 1997 and named for its chief advocate, Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy, essentially bars the Departments of State and Defense from providing military assistance to foreign security forces that have credible accusations of human rights violations made against them. From a growing number of press reports, firsthand accounts, and on-the-ground videos, it’s clear that the BIR and the military more broadly are violating Cameroonians’ human rights.

From a growing number of press reports, firsthand accounts, and on-the-ground videos, it’s clear that the BIR and the military more broadly are violating Cameroonians’ human rights.

These are exactly the types of forces the Leahy Law was designed to target.

The BIR has always been a bit of an outlier when compared with its counterparts from other branches of the armed forces: It’s well funded, receives training from the United States, and is led by a retired Israeli military officer. The BIR doesn’t even report to the country’s defense minister, taking orders instead directly from Biya

Author: CHRISTIAN FREYMEYER

Source: foreignpolicy

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