SIX THINGS CAMEROONIANS SHOULD FOCUS ON INSTEAD OF BRENDA BIYA

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Brenda Biya 
Cameroonians on social media are getting high on news reports about Brenda Biya, the daughter of the country’s president. Brenda did this, Brenda did that! Each time there is a report about the 18-year-old university student, Camer people will gather materials to build huge tents under the report the same way Peter wanted to build tents on the mountain of transfiguration. They will then proceed to talk about the issue for days until the news buzzes with the next thing Brenda has supposedly done. 
She has been the centre of focus lately and though the reasons for this attention are not quite pretty, truth is, a lot of this arm-chair criticism stems from a place of do-nothingness. If I were a doctor, I would be prescribing extra doses of chill pills for all those who have carried this issue on their heads like relentless plantain chips hawkers. Seriously, there are more productive things to focus on right now than the cap Brenda wears. These ones won’t leave you enraged, envious and embittered. They will enliven your soul and take you to a place of exhilaration. Here they are:

1. Prayers for Cameroon
“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from the wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will HEAL THEIR LAND.” 2 Chronicles 7:14
Prayers heal lands and Cameroon is no exception. If the time spent ranting on social media is spent “ranting” to God about the country, it will make a lot of difference. A whole lot.
2. Entrepreneurial Skills
Success stories are made by people who made courageous decisions. Instead of waiting for that job application to yield fruits and throwing tantrums about unemployment when it doesn’t, start something! There is always something you can do that will yield fruits financially! Always! The issue is we are limited by our preferences and aspirations. Not everyone will wear a suit and tie and sit in an  air-conditioned office. Though suits now sell cheap at Marche Nkoloulou (3 for one thousand francs!), we have enough suit-wearers already. Forget the corporate outfits and go for what your hands can find to do.  It could be polishing shoes, selling accra banana or dancing zenge (a Cameroonian dance) at the junction (pun intended). Whatever your hands find to do,  stay focused and do it well. 
3. Online Resources
Make man no say money no dey again. Make man no say chop no dey! If you can spend hours surfing the net, jumping from one social medium to another, then you are certainly not poor and wretched. How about investing most of this time in seeking resources that will develop you as a person? The internet is a library of resources. You can use it to make or mar you. On it, you can find opportunities and make lifelong positive connections. Invest your online time wisely.
4. Books
I know many were rushing to read Nathalie Koah’s “Revenge Porn” because it is sex-themed. How about a book like, “Ask What You Can Do For Your Country”???
5. English Lessons!
Ha! 
6. Implementing Ideas
Ideas come cheap, implementing them doesn’t. Some people can dream in Africa and that’s all they ever do. Instead of spending a significant amount of time thinking idea upon idea, get to work and bring those awesome ideas to life. If you can dream it, you can do it!
That said, the point of this post is not to spur a lack of interest towards issues concerning the country’s leadership. The point is, there are more important things to dwell on.
“Ask not what your country can do for you.” John F. Kennedy

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14 Comments

  1. Indeed oh!!! Thank you for pointing that out. Hopefully they'll stop all the kongossa surrounding this nyango

  2. I tell you, Rita!

  3. So we should pray and Cameroon will change. Are you serious?
    We should understand that the publishers of this information are just doing a job. Brenda is a celebrity and her life will always be at the center of discussions for some Cameroonians. Now, I'd rather you recommend parental lessons to her parents rather than blaming Cameroons for doing a job (reporting). Just as we sometimes read about Justin Bieber and other teenage celebrities and their drug problems, so are we reading about Brenda Biya. It Is a fact that when you introduce kids into this uncontrollable affluence, the end result is always undesirable.
    The Obamas and other presidential couples also have teenage children but why are their cases different? How can they expose that kid to so much money and freedom and expect to see a different result? Whilst you are concerned about Cameroonians should be doing with their time, I think recommending parental lesson to the first family should also be part of those concerns. Remember if you want your flowers to blossom you water the roots and not the leaves. We are only leaves in this matter. Let Papa and Mama begin by giving her a normal teenage student lifestyle and you will see she will get the realities of life. Sasha and Meliya are charms do you know why? Because they are normal kids.

  4. Hi Tankwa, I am very serious. We should all pray for Cameroon. Keeping prayers out will be trying the cut down the branches of a bad tree without eliminating it's roots. When you cut the branches without tackling the roots, they grow again. All these social media rants are barely even plucking leaves. The problem of Cameroon is deeply rooted and not something that can be easily waived by enraged activists hiding behind keyboards. Why not channel that energy into something far more productive like prayer? The America we all admire was built on this phraseology, "In God we trust." That's the foundation our nation needs: God.

    Thank you for stopping by!

  5. Anonymous

    So our lack of God is what has placed Cameroon on the wrng track the last 30years? If I have permission to remind you, the last 30 years of the Biya regime has seen more churches, prophets and so called believers in God than anytime in the country history and yet nothing has come of what. I will rather recommend you change your suggestion to the people must seek change rather than talk or pray for change for change to happen. Also I will definitely suggest that Brenda Biya wants and seeks for attention as most of the stories or videos came from her own twitter or FB account

  6. If you read through the post, you would see that prayer is one out of six points. And I will say it again: prayer is imperative. The other points call for Cameroonians to pursue personal change. Be the change you want to see. Why lose sleep over an attention-seeking teenager?

  7. Lol @ "Camer people will gather materials to build huge tents under the report the same way Peter wanted to build tents on the mountain of transfiguration." Ah! Precious you are hilarious. Your sense of humour is A+.

    Reminds me of the time Nigerian social media first got introduced to the beautiful reserved daughter of our President- Zahra Buhari, Nigerian twitter almost crashed with the excitement.

    Speaking of prayers, my country needs serious prayers too, urgent divine intervention is required in every area from economic to social. God help our continent.

  8. God help our continent indeed!

    Nedoux, I'll take the A+ for the sense of humour. Lol Blame it on my Mama.

    I guess there's something intriguing about getting to know the life of a president's daughter.

    We need divine surgery in different areas in our country. We can't leave God out of it.

  9. Too many plantain chips sellers for this pikin ee back. Make dem try collee ee find better thing do.
    Was about time someone wrote on this.

  10. Lol at "gather materials to build huge tents under the report the same way Peter wanted to build tents on the mountain of transfiguration". Like Tuface sang – if them no talk about you, then you are nobody. Give them time Presh, I'm sure they will get bored with her. She's cute tho

    http://www.neloshalo.blogspot.com

  11. I know right, Nelo. She's a cutie.

  12. Presh take 5 mami. u know ya thing yah.i had to commend on this but phone and e wahala no gree so i take to laptop to leave a comment. it feels strange using the large keyboard but look i just want to let u how i enjoy reading your posts. no one would write it better. u are a gem and i celebrate u. keep up with the great job. your blog is wonderful and unique. i can't say it enough just how i love every post of yours. God bless u my dear

  13. I don take five oo. Oh my God! Thank you so much for your kind words! You are so supportive, Angele. Thank you for letting me know how much you love my blog. Your words spur me to do better. God bless you too, dear.

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