Fontem Neba

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Fontem A. Neba
Fontem Aforteka’a Neba

Alma materUniversity of Ibadan (Phd)
OccupationLecturer, activist, author
OrganizationAll Southern Cameroons People's Conference
Known forCameroon Anglophone Civil Society Consortium (CACSC)
Notable work
Modes of Language acquisition and Proficiency (Kansas, USA), English Language Mastery and Academic Success[1]
MovementCameroon Anglophone Civil Society Consortium (CACSC)

Dr Fontem A. Neba (born Fontem Aforteka’a Neba, in 1970) is a Cameroonian University lecturer, author and an civil rights activist who emerged on the Cameroon political stage as the founding Secretary General of Cameroon Anglophone Civil Society Consortium before it was banned by the government of Cameroon on January 17, 2017. He was arrested on the same day alongside Barrister Nkongho Felix Agbor and deported to Yaoundé overnight where they would both spend nine perilous months in the Kondengui Maximum security prison. Before becoming Secretary General of the banned Cameroon Anglophone Civil Society Consortium (CACSC),[2] he was the Secretary General of teachers’ trade union of the University of Buea (SYNES) before his arrest on 17 January 2017 for staging a peaceful protest in the defence of Anglophone Cameroon common law system of education.[3][4] He is the author of English Language Mastery and Academic Success which was launched on June 18, 2015.[5][6]

Early life and career[edit]

Dr. Fontem Aforteka'a Neba was born on 8 August 1970. He holds a PhD from the University of Ibadan in Nigeria. He is a linguist, lecturer, author and an activist.[7] He is the author of English Language Mastery and Academic Success.[6][8] He was the Secretary General of teachers’ trade union of the University of Buea (SYNES) before his arrest on 17 January 2017[3][4] and the Secretary General of the banned Cameroon Anglophone Civil Society Consortium (CACSC).


On 17 January 2017 at about 6:15 pm, it was reported that Dr. Fontem Neba was arrested alongside Barrister Agbor Balla, Ayah Paul Abine in Buea by a combined squad of police, gendarmes, elements of the military intelligence unit and the dreaded secret service unit known by its French Acronym as DGR. The arrest immediately followed the banning of the Consortium which had waged a civil disobedience campaign to protest grave marginalization and systemic assimilation of the English speaking minority in Cameroon by the majority Francophones.[9][10][11]

Court charges and trial of Dr. Fontem Neba[edit]

Dr.Fontem Neba and Co, were charged with 8 counts by the Cameroon Military tribunals in Yaounde for treason, terrorism, civil unrest, jeopardizing the peace and unity of the Republic of Cameroon and if found guilty would have faced the death penalty.[10][12] On the 23 of March the Neba Fondem trial at the Yaounde military court tribunal was adjourned for another hearing on April 27, May 24[13] and July 27 same year[14] and on the 31 of August through a presidential decree by president Paul Biya. Neba and friends were released and all charges against them were cancelled.[11][15][16] While in prison, Fontem Neba spoke to the French daily le Jour Newspaper during the visit of members of the Social Democratic Front (Cameroon) (SDF) parliamentary group on 7 April 2017, he said

"There is so much to be said about the current anglophone crisis .You must know that the crisis that persists is linked to the bad will of the leaders of this country. Negotiations between the Government and the unions of English-speaking teachers had commenced. I must quickly say that the strike had taken another turn and the population followed closely all our actions; it was no longer possible to circumvent them."[17]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

  • "The Consortium - Fontem Neba". Retrieved September 5, 2017.


  1. ^ "A Neba Fontem books and biography". Retrieved September 5, 2017.
  2. ^ "- CrTV". Archived from the original on September 3, 2017. Retrieved September 5, 2017.
  3. ^ a b "The Entrepreneur - Cameroon's Premier Economic & Business Journal: Dr Neba Fontem Arrested for subversion and Imprisoned". Retrieved September 5, 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Consortium dedicates ghost town to Dr. Fontem Neba". Cameroon Intelligence Report. Retrieved September 5, 2017.
  5. ^ "English Language Mastery and Academic Success: A. Neba Fontem, Letty Endale Malange, Mbufong Paul: 9783639766479: Books". Retrieved September 5, 2017.
  6. ^ a b "African Books Collective: Dr Fontem Neba, English Unit, University of Buea". Retrieved September 5, 2017.
  7. ^ "The Consortium - Fontem Neba". Retrieved September 5, 2017.
  8. ^ "". Retrieved September 5, 2017.
  9. ^ "Cameroon lawyers begin work boycott". Africa Review. Retrieved September 5, 2017.
  10. ^ a b "Cameroon Trial against lawyer Nkongho Felix Agbor-Balla Lawyers for Lawyers". Retrieved September 5, 2017.
  11. ^ a b "Fears for jailed activists as Cameroon cracks down on anglophone minority | World news". The Guardian. Retrieved September 5, 2017.
  12. ^ Jodie Blackstock (April 27, 2017). "BHRC Cameroon Trial Observation Report May 2017" (PDF). Retrieved September 5, 2017.
  13. ^ "2017/04/agbor-balla-and-co-trial-adjoined-again". Retrieved September 5, 2017.
  14. ^ "- CrTV". Retrieved September 5, 2017.
  15. ^ "". Retrieved September 5, 2017.
  16. ^ "| Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights". Retrieved September 5, 2017.
  17. ^ alafnet (April 7, 2017). "Cameroon: Anglophone Political Prisoner Dr. Fontem speaks from Kondengui". Abanda bride. Retrieved September 4, 2017.