feuds & division

Cameroon: Who makes up the Ambazonian government and diaspora?

By Nancy-Wangue Moussissa

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Posted on September 23, 2022 12:55

 © Photo by TAR
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Ambazonian separatists declared secession from Cameroon and celebrated the independence of Southern Cameroon on 1 October 2017. Today’s Ambazonian leaders remain operational from abroad, but part of a divided system. From the forefront institutions and key players, several faces stand out. Who are these key Ambazonians players ? What are their strengths ? 

Julius Ayuk Tabe was the first president of the Interim Government (IG) of the ‘Federal Republic of Ambazonia’.

Ayuk Tabe had been living in Nigeria from where the council was arranging meetings. In September 2017, he called on the takumbengs, groups of older women protecting protesters from troops, to lead the processions. From Nigeria, Ayuk Tabe took the lead after Cameroonian authorities arrested lawyers and teachers.

Since then, the charismatic leader has made several appearances on local and international TV channels.

However, that did not last long. On Friday 5 January 2018, Nigerian forces held him and nine members of his cabinet at the Nera hotel where meetings were being held. Charged with terrorism and secession, ‘the Nera 10’ were then delivered to Cameroon’s Kondengui prison where they have been serving life sentences since January 2018.

After Ayuk Tabe agreed to informally

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