Ruben Um Nyobe, Portrait!


In my story of Africa, I chose BOOKS and I also chose MEN to be the vivid memories of our past. First, have a look at this poetic Introduction

Chaînes

Quelles sont lourdes, lourdes, les chaînes,

Que le Nègre met au cou du Nègre,

Pour complaire aux maîtres de l’heure. […]

Bernard Dadié

980000

[…]

980000 nous sommes

980000 affamés

brisés

abrutis

[…]

980000 Nous sommes

980000 Ouvriers

. Chômeurs

Et quelques étudiants

Qui n’ont plus droit qu’à

Une fraction de vie. […]

                                                                                                            Maxime N’Debeka.

In 1960, the word “Independence” is scanded all around Africa. The question is, how did it all come through, who are those men who made it all happen. Several names have gone through the years: Nkrumah, Lumumba, Um Nyobe, Senghor etc. In most instances, those hard workers had the opportunity to make the dream happen, to lead their countries even for a few years. The man we have chosen, though having fought at his best, was deprived this opportunity.

His name is Ruben UM NYOBE and he is from Cameroon, my home country. In his book, “Remember Ruben”mentioned in this blog, Alexandre BIYIDI (a.k.a MONGO BETI) clearly states Ruben. Born around 1913, in his native village Eog Makon, he represents the battle of  Africa vs. the colon. His aim was to get an independence in which Cameroon would be totally free from its fromer master, France. He created for this purpose a political party, Cameroon’s Peoples Union on 10th of April 1948 and  became its official president two months later on 17th of June. In 1955, the colonial administration declared the party illegal. This was the official launch of the armed struggle for freedom. The life of the MPODOL (Savior) as he was nicknamed ends on the 13th of September 1958 when he is assasinated by the French Army.

“Remember Ruben enables us to discover in an indirect manner, more of his daily life. He was often threatened, suffered torture and was saved only by the love of the people and his fellow companions. He was admired amongst his generation and left several followers (Ernest Ouandié, Félix- Roland Moumié) who ended just as him few years later. He gave us a hero, a model to follow. He was betrayed and therefore also remind us how human being is weak!

In 1991, he ended up being recognized as a national hero, the place he holds in our hearts and memories. Did not know about him yet? Take the chance to learn more. The Blog, African Heritage

Sources: Wikipedia, Bonaberi.com, Afrikara.com, Peuplesawa.com, Camer.be.com

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XoXo,

AKS♥

8 responses to “Ruben Um Nyobe, Portrait!

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  2. Merci de nous rappeler qu’une Nation ne tombe pas du ciel, elle est la résultante d’actions posées de générations en générations par ceux-là qui croient en l’inaliénable liberté de leurs peuples. Le Cameroun est l’un des seuls pays d’Afrique noire ayant véritablement conquis son indépendance (d’autres pays ont tout simplement bénéficié de cette lutte, leur indépendance leur étant accordé). Je n’hésiterai pas à qualifier Um Nyobe, moins connu que ses congénères Lumumba et Nkrumah comme l’un des pères premiers de la liberté des peuples d’Afrique.
    Excellents travaux que les restitutions de Mongo Béti et d’Achille Mbembe, à leur suite, travaillons à rappeler aux nôtres que nos pères furent courageux et patriotes que l’Histoire attend autant de nous, en ce début de siècle marqué par un autre type d’impérialisme.

    Thx Ked!

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    • Tout est dit. Merci pour le commentaire et le stop par ici. Puisse-tu trouver un peu de réconfort en te baladant sur cet espace qui vise aussi à nous aider à nous réinventer en ayant une meilleure connaissance de nous-mêmes.

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  5. les poemes la font partie de mon anthology africaine: Bernard Dadie est un monstre sacre depuis “nous avons danse” et Maxime Ndebela, pour moi, met toute la magie a la fin:

    “Mais nos têtes rasées
    enfumées
    calcinées
    Saisissent tout de même
    Aujourd’hui les mathématiques
    Un million moins 20 000
    Nous sommes 980 000
    Nous sommes les plus forts
    Arrachons notre part.”

    Curieusement, s’il ya un revolutionnaire que je connais le moins en Afrique c’est Um. Les rares livres que j’ai essayer de lire a ce sujet sont une souffrance pour l’esprit tellement c’est fade! Bref, je vais aller guetter quand meme! Merci!!

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