About TheSouthern Cameroons Youth League (SCYL)
THE SCYL is also known as THE YOUTH LEAGUE, also known as THE LEAGUE.
The birth of the SCYL is really the culmination of the Southern Cameroons intellectual consciousness and militancy in the fight for justice for the Southern Cameroons.
The process that went as far back as 1984 was the attempt by La Republique du Cameroun to assimilate one of the last bastions of the Southern Cameroons Nation and its unique educational system.
The ploy by LRC to harmonise the two systems came soon after 1961 and in 1983 the Minister of National Education sought to introduce a new “Group Certificate Cameroon GCE Scheme” for the Southern Cameroons Schools Nationwide. The minister was arrogant enough to assert that the primary aim was to raise the level of the GCE to that of the Baccalaureate (the French equivalent of the GCE Advanced Level) to facilitate the entry into Technical Institutions for Southern Cameroons students. WHAT AN INSULT!
This was met with serious resistance by Southern Cameroons Students, Teachers and Parents who saw their educational system as the last remaining part of their cultural heritage. The project was shelved but not abandoned. The Ministry of National Education of La Republique du Cameroun fell short of honouring its financial obligations to the London GCE Board for Technical support offered through the British Council, part of which was the printing of GCE Certificates, and to the local markers of the GCE Exams. The London GCE Board stopped printing the certificates when LRC was more than 5 years behind its payment. When LRC took over control and assigned its staffs and secretaries to run and type examination questions, Southern Cameroonians said No.
It was at this point that the Teachers Association of Cameroon (TAC) started advocating for the creation of a GCE Board. Parents Teachers Associations grouped to form the Confederation of Anglophone Parents Teachers Association (CAPTAC) with much support coming from the Cameroon Anglophone Movement (CAM).
The crisis was not limited to the creation of a more effective GCE regime but also an institution that will host the product of a properly managed examination. This is how the Cameroon Anglophone Students Association (CANSA) saw the light of day to join forces with other progressive movement to demand a University in the Southern Cameroons. Most of these students became victims of La Republique du Cameroon.
In 1993, the first batch of the University of Buea was immatriculated not before the Yaounde regime had instituted fees in the University. Though the University of Buea had no Library, Laboratory, Restaurant and even enough lecture halls and despite the over burdenned nature of Southern Cameroons parents in running nursery, primary, secondary and High schools, the occupation regime decided to raise the fees of the University of Buea to 550 thousand francs CFA. Under the leadership of the Students Union, students resisted and stalled the machination. The regime responded with dismissal of the Student Union President – Ebenezer Derek Mbongo Akwanga.., Jr., and dissolving the Students Union. Some students responded with the creation of the Committee of Respected Alternatives that worked underground to presure the administration. And for the first time, another student Lucas Cho Ayaba, led a one man demonstration that Shook the very foundation of the University. He too was sent the Akwanga way.
The SCYL emerged from the rubble of all of these resistant groups as a League that rallies the Southern Cameroons Youth.
The Cameroon Anglophone Students Association (CANSA) was represented by its then Secretary General Ebai George.
The University of Buea Students Union was represented by its expelled President, Akwanga Ebenezer who had been leading student actions from Victoria to Buea and other cities against the raping, killing and torture of students in the then Yaounde University and had also led students in defiance of the teleguided Buea university authorities.
When the Students Union was dissolved Ayaba Cho Lucas and Nwana Benedict founded the Committee of Respective Alternative Voices and represented this organisation in the foundation of the SCYL.
Bah Tangoh Christopher had been one of the most dynamic and consistent activist who was behind the Cameroon Anglophone Movement. He represented the Free West Cameroon Movement.
Emmanuel Nkea, Cornelius Asonganyi Bedefeh and Issa Abdourahim were also present.
After series of meetings including the famous Presbytarian Church Molyko Independence Proclamation gathering dubbed Divine Service, a two day conference at the Garden Park Hotel in Molyko ended with the creation of the Southern Cameroons Youth League on the 28th May 1995.
PURPOSE OF THE SCYL:
The Southern Cameroons Youth League (SCYL) was created with the unique mission of using all available civilised means including force to bring freedom to the suffering and persecuted people of the Southern Cameroons .
To act as a forum where the voices of the stakeholders in the struggle for freedom and the vision of their country of tomorrow can be properly represented.
SCYL Motto: Total and Unconditional Independence SCYL Logo Two Chained Hands signifying BONDAGE with a DIVINE SCISSORS to BREAK the CHAINS of Annexation.SCYL Flag: SCYL Flag is made up of FOUR distinct COLOURS with the following signification:
Black – Signifies the remembrance of the Martyrs of the Struggle.
Green – Signifies the Growth and Maturity of The Youth League in the Southern Cameroons Struggle.White – Signifies the search for a Permanent Positive Peace (PPP).Red – Signifies the Ultimate Sacrifice (Freedom At All Cost).THE ANTHEM OF THE SOUTHERN CAMEROONS YOUTH LEAGUE
Arise! Oh Youths of the Southern Cameroons,The time to act is now.Awake to serve your Fatherland,Awake to Service true.
Not a call to betrayal,Nor a call to treason,But a call to true Nationalism.
Ref:For those who will give all;To fight a Cause for freedom.The Southern Cameroons Youth League;For TRUTH and FREEDOM.
The SCYL Anthem (Solfa Version) The SCYL Anthem (Instrumental Version)
Called from the SCYL webpage
“freedom is never given but seized”
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