Reasons for consideration:
Republic of Cameroon is a country strategically placed at the junction of western and central Africa. With its landscapes representing major climatic zones Cameroon is often called “Africa in miniature.” It has an active volcano, lush jungles (where 1984 adaptation of Tarzan was filmed), white and black sand beaches, varied wildlife, historical sites and a people with extremely diverse cultures and backgrounds.
Though a land of much promise, Cameroon has many unfulfilled promises. It has experienced political instability that dates back to 1961 unification of a British and a French colony. The current political system is often accused of corruption and consistent violations of basic human right. Tensions also exists between English-speaking Cameroonians and the government led and dominated by French-speaking Cameroonians. The Anglophones often complain of being marginalized and want their judicial, educational and local government systems protected.
This unique collection of Cameroon newspapers offers a valuable foundation for research on the Cameroon’s recent history and events. Covered by this collection are varied subjects but mainly the political situation in the country in late 1990s and beyond. Almost all the titles are in bad state (yellowed, brittle and worn out) and are not readily available elsewhere. They are dire need of filming.