Thursday, July 8, 2010

The Errant USA Manyu Diaspora Must Unite.

These kids need your unity.

If I had said the Manyu people have sinned, it is certain that many will not know the meaning because sin comes from a Greek word hamartia; meaning to miss the mark or to err. After you look at their convention videos and pictures, perhaps you will agree with me that the Manyu Diaspora has erred big time. This is their Mission, vision, and values statement:

Our mission is to advance and nurture the cultural, intellectual, personal, social and economic development of Manyu citizens in the Americas. We work in close partnerships at all levels with other Manyu constituencies and stakeholders to incessantly develop services and programs thus creating a safe, inclusive, progressive and sustainable Manyu community.

That was and is the bull’s eye they want to hit. It is certain that culturally they have partially succeeded as they danced most of the traditional dances like Mgbe, Monikim, Obasinjom and Amgbuh. Intellectually, they have succeeded as individuals, but like most Africans, they are socially and economically lacking behind. Furthermore, they have failed to work in close collaboration at all levels with other Manyu citizens because there are two national groups, and almost every chapter has two chapters. To make matters worst, at the national level they are in court and in Georgia, The Takim Peter Team has sought an injunction against the Philip Tabi team. That is because they have failed to create a safe, inclusive, progressive and sustainable Manyu community.

They have totally abandoned those goals and mission. They have lost their vision, and a people without a vision will perish. They embrace carpe diem; let us eat and drink for tomorrow we die. Or perhaps we may paraphrase it in Pidgin “make we chop drink after lap na die”. Really? Is this all educated professionals can reserve for their posterity? That is why they gloat with pictures as if they help anyone. Anyone with eyes could see through the agitprop of the pictures and videos posted. Sadly too, plastic surgery may repair a damaged face, but a plastic smile will not do for a miserable life. Onlookers can only feel pity for us.

Children are walking barefooted in Mamfe, schools are without roofs, and villages are without light. Many children are forced to be illiterate because rather than send money home for schools to hire PTA teachers to alleviate our absentee government, we are squandering the money here in courts. The GCE results have been dropping in Manyu now at a speed unparallel. They lack infrastructures that we could easily provide.

Healthcare is excluded from their daily survival. People are dying like chicken. Almost monthly, we receive news of people dying from an illness that we could have prevented if we were together. Our people seem to be married to poverty. Armed robbery is increasing. For those of you who think your parents are fine, you must think again. If the poor cannot sleep because of their conditions, the rich will not sleep too for fear of what the poor will do to them? That is why people are being kidnapped for ransoms.

It is a shameful and wicked thing to be happy alone. Indeed, it is! Look at those villages without a market. Look at the child that is dying now in the Mamfe Central Hospital. We could have saved his life if we had just sent some medication. Oh yeah! A $500 medication, but we are in court paying lawyers for thousands of dollars. No Manyu child should be left behind if we can unite our resources.

We are taking huge sums of money to go and buy titles at home and then use the rest to sue one another in America. How can a people who have seen the light prefer to stay in darkness? Manyu people, how can you be in water and soap is entering into your eyes? Oh Manyu people, who has bewitched you to forsake your mission? What would be your own legacy to the Division of Manyu in particular and Cameroon as whole? Can you tell me? Oh well, that you were in court to fight for positions.

We can fool some people sometimes, but we cannot fool all the people all the time. It is paramount that we make peace and unite. Everyone has been wounded, and everyone must accept their responsibilities and forgive. WE have no choice but to put our differences behind to accomplish our mission. It is through unity that we will put smiles in the faces of kids and the disadvantaged back at home. The Manyu people should be willing to seek different opinions and respect dissensions. This is a clarion call for unity; for there will not be neutrals or spectators. We must learn to be inclusive, tolerant and open-minded. If you are for unity, please add your voice to mine today. Manyu must unite. If you are not in America, call all you brothers and sisters you know and tell them it is time we unite.

Until then, we need each other’s happiness to be happy as a people.

“Bonyfish beware because the same net that caught the jawless fish, caught the cartilaginous fish” (Hamilton Ayuk).Beware earthly paradise seekers because there is a serpent in every paradise"(Hamilton Ayuk).Idle people write, idler people read, and idlest people read and whine that idle people are taking their time (Hamilton Ayuk).

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