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PLAY-B is a Netherlands based Cameroonian artist. NexDim caught up with him for an exclusive interview

Hi Play B. How are you?

I’m fine. Thank you.

Briefly introduce yourself to us.

I’m Play-B born Besong Stanislaus Besong in Mamfe, South West province, Cameroon. I attended GHS Mamfe before traveling to Europe (Holland).

Why are you called Play B ?

Play-B represents my nickname ”Play boy”  but I decided to use the last initial ”B” for Boy.

When did you indulge into music?

Actually I was born in a family where almost everyone is involved with music. I used to dance but couldn’t really develop my skills because I never had the means to do so till 2005.

Describe your genre of music and your targeted audience.

My music is RnB, Hiphop, Reggae,Reggaeton , Dancehall and world music.My target group should be the youths and people worldwide who love my grooves..Birth of a legend

 NEW Project in Mamfe-Manyu  ! Manyu Community School for Computer and mobile app development training
In our days,  computer and mobile phone have becomes an integral part of life, and not only of a single person, but also of an enterprise, institution and even the state in general. Therefore, the ability to work on the computer and  the necessary training in computer literacy in our age is very essential for any person and not far away are the days when a basic knowledge of computers will be as binding as the ability to read and write.

For all those who want to learn how to work on the computer, or to broaden his already existing knowledge, our company offers computer training course for beginners, which can be easily mastered by any novice user. These simple and easy lessons will help you to cope with work on a personal computer and will prepare you to solve tasks of any degree and complexity.

For those who already have sufficient knowledge of the basics of the computer, we offer in-depth computer training course on working with specialized programs for design, graphics, accounting and many others.We also provide training on the work with Internet. With us you can visit the training courses for administrators, learn the skills of programming and technologies of local area network building.

The advantages of computer training in our community Computer training being run by teachers who have extensive experience in the computer field. They will be able to explain visually and clearly all the subtleties and nuances of working on a computer, and to reveal the nature of the specific terms. We have trained people of all ages. If necessary, the teacher can conduct individual training, assigning classes for you at a convenient time

Under the guidance of experienced professionals in the process of computer training you will learn

    • the basics of working in the selected operating system (operations with folders, files: copying, moving, renaming, search, create, and delete)
    • how to work with documents in Word, as well as with tables, charts and diagrams in Excel
    • the general concept of Internet, browser, e-mail, master the basics of navigating the world wide web of Internet;
    • how to back up your data, get familiar with the archive utilities;
    • to work with programs for processing raster and vector graphics (Adobe Photoshop, Corel Draw)
    • desktop publishing (InDesign, PageMaker)
    • to create your own websites, blogs
    • to create apps for mobile phone
    • to work with sound in specialized programs and to encode video files

The creation of the Mamfe Major SEminary: a historic event

By Fr. Nyuykongmo Gerald Jumbam

Barely 40 years after the first Major Seminary in the Ecclesiastical Province of Bamenda was created in Bambui, the Bishops of this Church province have founded   another in the soil of Mamfe.The opening  of Pope John Paul II Major Seminary in Mamfe in September - precisely two months from today - is an event of such historic importance that the tongues of Cameroonian church men and women - lay and religious, have begun to wag.
The creation of this Seminary is in itself a deep and lasting recognition by the Holy See of the dire need for the spiritual and moral nourishment desperately needed by the Cameroonian people. Therefore, to the founders of this sacred institution – our bishops - we render immense thanks.
The name, John Paul II, is perhaps the brainchild of two inspirations. First, the saintliness of that extraordinary pope of our times, and second, a tribute to a pontiff-missionary who loved our country, visited it twice, and thus, encouraged and inspired our seminarians and priests.  

Saint John Paul II has given explicit Church teachings on the ministerial priesthood for two decades and more.  His legendary letter-writing to priests on every Holy Thursday and his special reflection book on the sacred priesthood Gift and Mystery is a telling reminder to the stakeholders of this seminary of the need to be united with the Pope and the Universal Church.

Lay people often say wherever a road passes, development follows. But experience in Africa has shown that wherever a church is built, development follows. It is therefore true that the creation of a major seminary in Mamfe, will trigger off the development of the people of the Mamfe Diocese. It is a gesture which greatly pleases the heart of the people of this area whether Christian or not. But that is not what is provoking such excitement.

No, what excites many is that Mamfe, which had become a forgotten area in Cameroon, is again beginning to make newspaper headlines in Cameroon and other African countries. They tend to see the creation of the Mamfe Major Seminary as the resurrection of Mamfe. Not long ago in 1953, Mamfe was the meeting point for delegates calling for the creation of the Southern Cameroons House of Assembly and for the uplifting of the area to a Regional Status within the Nigerian Federation.

In 1959, the Plebiscite Conference which culminated in the reunification of the British and French Cameroons was held in Mamfe. Mamfe was an obligatory port of call for all Cameroonians travelling to Nigeria when British Southern Cameroons was ruled as part of the Eastern Region of Nigeria. For this reason, this enclave became the nerve-centre of the economic life and the political pivot of British Southern Cameroons.  

With the coming of reunification, regrettably, Mamfe became an orphan child and disappeared from the political and economic map of West Africa, becoming, if you like, a ghost town. You can therefore see the reason why many people of this area are joyful at the Holy Father’s decision to create a Major Seminary in Mamfe.

Also remember that Mamfe is home to some of Cameroon’s heroes – the politicians like S.A. George and Emmanuel Tabi Egbe as well as Cameroon’s foremost literary voice, Bate Besong. We remember that Mamfe Diocese is the home of two distinguished Bamenda Ecclesiastical prelates. Do not forget the one time National Football team captain Tataw Eta Stephen who led the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon to a record quarter finals in the 1990 World Cup, a record no African nation has yet broken. The people of Mamfe therefore see in the creation of a Major Seminary in Mamfe, the Holy Father’s recognition of their enormous contribution, not only to the church in particular, but to Cameroon as a whole.

From the zeal and energy with which the Mamfe man is known to pursue academic excellence, Saint John Paul II’s Major Seminary promises to be the fulcrum of intellectual activity not only in Cameroon, but also in Africa as a whole. Yet, a seminary is not just a university where professors and lecturers teach and students take notes and learn to do research. It is much more than that. A seminary is primarily a formation house. The staff is more than professors. They are apostles. They are models and mentors who the priest-in-formation will inadvertently copy. Therefore, the task is not only for the bishops and seminary staff. Parents, teachers, priests, religious and the lay faithful also  have an important part to play. It is expensive to build seminaries, to staff and maintain them. None of us in the Ecclesiastical Province should shrink back from this heaven-sent seminary-building venture for a lost world is waiting and a rising generation is watching – we must dare and mark our names on the pages of history.      

It will be of huge importance if those called upon to handle this great and noble institution can read with keen attention and penetrating insight the suggestions already made on the running of a seminary by the great African scholar and ex seminarian, Prof. Bernard Nsokika Fonlon in his Open Letter to the Bishops of Buea and the Bamenda. It is true that many of Prof. Fonlon’s suggestions are no longer relevant to our world today and some of the issues he raised in 1973 are now highly debatable. But I strongly believe that the core of most of Prof. Fonlon’s work and the spirit in which he wrote his ideas remain important for the Church today in Africa.

I am greatly persuaded that the creation and location of this Seminary is very relevant because the Mamfe and Fontem area is rich in African culture and tradition. The tradition of the Obasinjong and Emanyangkwe which were designed to fight against social evil can become useful points for inculturation - a philosophical and theological posture which was the core of Pope John Paul II’s message to the Church in Africa. As a Bayangi proverb says, a man who cannot challenge what is wrong is not better than a corpse.  The time has come for us to challenge the moral and spiritual malpractices characteristic of public life in Cameroon. John Paul II’s Major Seminary will be a beacon showing us the light.

There may be a lot for us to discuss, and plenty of time for that discussion. But that discussion must lead us to action to sustain this young seminary. But first, we entrust this sacred institution to the work of grace, to the Blessed Virgin Mary the source of Pope John Paul II’s spiritual strength. When the Seminary begins, Mamfe will no longer be the same again

Resignation of the Bishop of Mamfe and successor

Vatican City - On January 25, 2014, the Holy Father accepted the resignation from the pastoral governance of the Diocese of Mamfe , by His Exc. Mgr. Francis Teke Lysinge, in accordance with can. 401 § 1 of the Code of Canon Law. He is succeeded by His Exc. Mgr. Andrew Nkea Fuanya
Mamfe, Manyu Division
Vandals attack voice of Manyu Radio
-Threaten manager, 3 others with death
By Ekumtambe Eku in Mamfe

Security operatives in Manyu Division are yet to come to terms with the growing crime wave in Mamfe, chief town of the division and its environs.
    The latest trouble occurred in the early hours of Wednesday, 14 May 2014 when unknown vandals attacked part of the Mamfe Town Hall destroying all broadcasting and transmission equipment of the 18-year old Voice Of Manyu Rural Radio (VOMRR) station operating in the Town Hall building. In two separate notes found on the manager’s table the vandals threatened him and three of his collaborators with death and flow of blood if the station manager, Obi Joseph did not give up his resolve to recover equipment meant to upgrade the VOM rural radio. The equipment in question were allegedly diverted by some influential people to create a new private radio station in Mamfe called Manyu Community Radio (MCR- FM 95.0).

    The losses due to the attack have been estimated at over 40 million FCFA. Meanwhile, the station manager of VOM has appealed to the SDO for protection while the legal department is working alongside security operatives to tract down the blood thirsty Attackers
           It should be recalled that in 2008 the manager of VOMRR radio applied to a Dutch NGO Miva/One men, Netherlands for financial Assistance to enable the VOMRR upgrade its equipment.
    The request metamorphosed into a new vision: Miva/One men supplied VOMRR with a Radio studio in a container shipped to Cameroon from Anvers, Belgium in 2010.
    The Bill of Lading and other relevant documents were all in the name of VOMRR-the consignee. The exoneration letter from the Minister of Finance and other documents like the singed Gift Certificate etc. were also in the name of VOMRR. Many are still wondering therefore how come some other person would divert and claim ownership of what rightly belonged to VOMRR. The Mamfe High Court is still to rule on the matter that was brought to it by the management of VOMRR.

Over 300 mourners of late Chief Ayamba Ete Otun (former SCNC Chairman) from all around the world who'd converged in Mamfe town, Southern Zone of the Southern Cameroons were arrested today Friday July 25, 2014 by a mixed contingent of Biya's gendarmes, BIR, traditional military and the police.

Eyewitness report state that entry into and exit out of the town from neighbouring Nigeria and Bamenda is impossible as truck loads of heavily armed forces have taken seige of the town. It is also reported that Nfor Ngala Nfor a top notch of the Southern Cameroons National Council, SCNC and his delegation from the Northern zone town of Bamenda were denied entry into Mamfe. As we write, PAP Secretary General, HRH Hon. Lord Justice AYAH Paul Abine, former member of parliament for Akwaya and president of high courts for 18 years -- a sympathiser of the Southern Cameroons cause -- is currently on his way to Mamfe from Akwaya for the funeral of late Chief Ayamba scheduled for tomorrow Saturday July 26. There are still unconfirmed reports about the presence of SDF's chairman Ni John Fru Ndi at the funeral. If both opposition heavyweights haven't yet gained access to Mamfe town, one wonders what would happen should they attempt!

Mr. Ako Abunaw, former People's Action Party, PAP Secretary for Communication and now a diehard member and supporter of the SCNC is a victim. Hear him,

"...about 30 security agents in combat gear armed to the teeth as though in a war zone from La Republique du Cameroun invaded my hotel premises without any search warrant, intimidated and arrested my cutsomers. They've put me under house arrest. Currently, I cannot go beyond my living room...".

In the meantime, ace journalist Solomon Amabo Amabo of the Eye Newspaper managed to squeeze some reaction from the Manyu Senior Divisional Officer, SDO on these developments plus the sealing of the Mamfe mortuary where the mortal remains of late Chief Ayamba lies. But SDO Peter Tieh Ndeh seems to be playing Pontius Pilate; "... what am I doing with the corpse of late Chief Ayamba? I was not invited to the funeral and only heard that there were some misunderstanding between the family members and freinds. I don't know the details. Why should I seal the mortuary? ... I did not order tha arrest of anyone. There were some thieves in town who burgled the post office and a credit union.we had to arrest some suspects. Did they tell you I issued a statement ordering the sealing ot the morgue and for people to be arrested? ..."

The questions still hovering in the air:

1. Why would the SDO need several truck loads of mixed contingent of heavily armed forces from neighbouring Bamenda to arrest a few armed robbers?

2. Mamfe has, through the years hardly ever experienced armed robbery of high magnitude. Why would this only coincide with the eve of the funeral of late Chief Ayamba?

3. While Boko Haram is giving Biya sleepless nights at the North, why not concentrate their 'military might' on this Islamist group from neighbouring Nigeria?

It would be important to recall that thousands of Southern Cameroonians from across the world had made plans to converge at the funeral of late Chief Ayamba. The burial ceremony was slated for Saturday July 26 while a forum to reorganise the SCNC and the entire struggle for the statehood of the Southern Cameroons had been scheduled for Sunday July 27.

More updates will follow. But for minute to minute update on live hapennings in Mamfe, get to Mr. Ako ABUNAW through 79 73 05 75."

Akoson A. Raymond