Navy Captain ATONFACK GUEMO, Head of Communication Division - MINDEF

Navy Captain ATONFACK GUEMO, Head of Communication Division  - MINDEF


In our primary school Geography lessons, we were taught that Cameroon is a country with a surface area of 475,442 km2 and located in Africa, in the heart of the Gulf of Guinea, between the equator and the borders of the Sahel. Its openness to the Atlantic Ocean, geographical variations, abundant natural resources and the sociological diversity of its population have earned it the laudatory title of Africa in miniature. Others would jokingly call it the 237 continent, in reference to our country’s telephone code.

Later on, we realised that with the volume of its industrial and agricultural production, as well as its vast hydrographic network, Cameroon has the potential to be both the breadbasket and the powerhouse of its neighbouring countries, in addition to serving as a trade corridor with the world for many of them.

These arguments have altogether earned our country the status of the pivotal state in the Central African sub-region. This is an enviable stature and status, but it is not enough to satisfy our desire for self-determination, as the movement of a pivot is essentially controlled by external influence.

Hence, the efforts and investments made to move our country up the ladder of global positioning, which entails making the most of an advantageous location by the grace of nature, a potentially strategic position, through the fertility of our minds, the strength of our arms and, above all, our unbending will.

This is simply because however legitimate, peaceful and sovereign they may be, our ambitions are bound to clash against the motives of players who are much less concerned with relations of equality; fierce competitors who are in no way inclined to tolerate the emergence of new powers, even if only in the shadows.

Our country’s entrepreneurial audacity will be all the more unforgivable in that the multidisciplinarity of its academic fabric, an essential ingredient for exploiting the potential of its subsoil, enables it to project itself beyond the production of raw materials, towards the manufacture of finished products, in particular those useful for energy transition, a burning issue in these times of global warming.

The emergence of our country, and subsequently its status as even a regional power, necessarily depends on our capacity to suffer, in other words, the degree of resilience we will show in the face of ruthless adversity, especially when it comes to the faint-hearted.

Beneath the friendly appearances and the reassuring speeches, permanent, insidious and global conflicts are raging and ravaging between, on the one hand, the supporters of eternal hegemony and, on the other hand, the aspirants to autonomy.

Fortunately for us, these conflicts cannot be won with firearms alone, which we do not manufacture.

We can emerge victorious from this war, which is not always covertly imposed upon us, and take our rightful place in the community of nations, thanks to the quality of our intellectual, economic and civic patriotism and, above all, the solidity of the cohesion of our society.

The fact that the latter is the target of all the attempts to deconstruct national identity speaks volumes about its importance. It is up to us to protect it from attack, if we want to become a great Nation.

 Navy Captain


 Head of Communication Division - MINDEF

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06.12 | 17:52

Initiative à encourager. Merci et bravo aux promoteurs du mouvement 👏👏

03.12 | 09:31

Buenas tardes, encantado de saludarte. Soy Jose
Quería escribirte porque me ha parecido interesante comentar contigo la posibilidad de que tu negocio aparezca cada mes en periódicos digitales como not

30.11 | 11:53

Bonjour Mme et toutes mes félicitations,
Je suis à Douala, je suis à la recherche de votre tisane. Avez-vous une représentation à Douala. Sinon comment faire pour avoir régulièrement votre produit.

28.11 | 21:45

Vive la folie de la littérature

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