Agitation for the release of detained Cameroonian writer, Patrice Nganang, continued online and elssewhere on Monday with activists maintaining that the action by the Cameroonian Government amounts to illegality.



Nganang was detained on Wednesday 6 December in Douala, Cameroon for publishing an online report about a visit he made to his home country. His report highlighted the tense situation in a region accused by President Biya of Cameroon of being a base for terrorist groups.




The crisis in the Anglophone region began at the end of 2016 when its representatives complained of the under-representation of their regions in the principal institutionsof the country such as schools and government departments. Twenty percent of Cameroon’s population is Anglophone (English-speaking) while the rest are mainly French-speaking.




The crisis has become entrenched with Anglophone lawyers and teachers striking over demands for more respect for the English language as the nation’s official language used in all government documents. In October 2017, protests led to violent breakouts causing the death of at least seventeen people.



Patrice Nganang is well known for his trenchant positions on numerous subjects of Cameroonian and African society.  For example, his book ‘Contre Biya’ (‘Against Biya’), encourages young Cameroonians to demonstrate their citizenship:” Nganang writes:

We don’t need to teach courage to the young.  They already have it.  I see so many people go to prison for their ideas.  To accept tyranny is to abdicate.




Nganang has also questioned development matters in other African nations, including the decision of civil society activists such as Aminata Traoré (Mali) to come out in favor of pro-coup elements among the soldiers.

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Patrice Nganang was detained at Douala airport in Cameroon just as he was about to embark for Harare, capital of Zimbabwe. He faces charges of threats against the president of the republic, illegal immigration, and fraud.




Solidarity with the writer-activist is being organized via social media.  A petition demanding his immediate release has been published by a collective of writers and has already been signed by 6,992 users as of 15 December.  A crowdsourcing platform has also been set up to help his friends meet lawyers’ fees.

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