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This Professor Is Being Detained In Cameroon for Criticizing the Government's Response to the Anglophone Crisis

The international community speaks out following the illegal detainment of Stony Brook professor, Patrice Nganang, in Yaoundé last Wednesday.

Several educators, humanitarians, NGOs, concerned citizens and more have signed an open letter, condemning the detainment of Cameroonian-American educator, writer and activist Patrice Nganang last Wednesday in Yaoundé, and asking for his immediate release.

The associate professor of literary and cultural theory at Stony Brook University, is currently being illegally held by the Cameroonian government after publishing an essay, critical of President Paul Biya and his administration's handling of the Anglophone protest movement, according to a statement from Stony Brook President Samuel L. Stanley Jr.

"Authorities are working around the clock with the appropriate authorities and elected U.S. representatives to help facilitate the safe return of Professor Nganang," says President Stanley Jr.

Born in Yaoundé, Nganang holds American citizenship and has authored several award-winning works.

"We join the Cameroon People's Party, PEN USA, Amnesty International, the African Literature Association, Human Rights Watch, Committee to Protect Journalists, and other friends of freedom of expression in calling for the immediate release of Professor Nganang," reads the open letter.

Many on social media are also joining in the movement to get Nganang released, and are using the opportunity to call out rampant censorship in the nation, and suppression of freedom of speech. Since the crisis began earlier this year, the internet in predominantly Anglophone regions has been blocked twice and several have been killed in government crackdowns.

Nganang is currently awaiting a hearing for three separate charges, a Facebook page has been created in support of the mission to free him.


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Bobi Wine's Release Detailed in Latest Episode of 'The Messenger'

Trauma is the topic on the podcast's latest episode: "The Ballot or The Bullet."

The latest episode of The Messenger is something to behold.

Created by Sudanese-American rapper Bas, The Messenger throws the spotlight on the thunderous circumstances many African countries face, with a close focus on Ugandan politician Bobi Wine.

In his most recent traumatic experience, Wine and his wife Barbara Itungo Kyagulanyi were released from a nearly two-week military house arrest following the ruling of a Ugandan court. Keeping up with current events and circumstances that Wine finds himself in, the latest episode of the podcast recounts the traumatic events that led to Wine's very public abuse and eventual house arrest.

Upon his release, Wine spoke with The Messenger and had this to say, "I want to remind the world that we went in this election knowing how corrupt the staff of the electoral commission is. We saw this through the campaign and the world saw how much was oppressed, how biased and one sided the electoral commission was, and how much it was in the full grip of General Museveni. And therefore we are going to test every legal test, we shall take every legal test. We shall take every legal step. And indeed we shall take every moral and morally proactive, nonviolent, but legal and peaceful step to see that we liberate ourselves. The struggle has not ended. It is just beginning."

Listen to Episode 7 of The Messenger here.

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