Thursday, June 16, 2016

Bridging the motivation challenge to take Massive Open and Online Courses (MOOCs)

Technological advancements have had an influence on every aspect of life today and Education has not been left out.  E-learning and/or Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) is the trending word promoted mostly by edx, coursera and Udacity. These programs have been conceived to eradicate the challenges posed by traditional educational system and no one can deny the impact it has created on students worldwide and Sub Saharan African Learners in particular.
Taking a MOOC course is cost effective. At first, your parent needed to be among the privileged for you to have the opportunity to take courses from renowned institutions with renowned professors overseas. Today, these same courses are brought to your doorsteps for nothing. All you need is internet connection to get set. Isn’t it awesome?
Moreover, MOOC courses encourage Flexibility in Education. Dead and gone are those days when education used to be tyrannical where you had to rush into classrooms for lectures or ‘stand up to welcome the teacher’. With MOOC courses, you just stop being a student to become a learner. You only attend lectures when you can and creating time for your assignments is up to you. The most interesting part of it is that, you chose the new skills you want to acquire depending on your personal needs (no prerequisites needed) and you work at your pace to achieve set goals.
Furthermore, MOOC courses are organized to match the needs of our era. Here we are at a period when students and professionals are in constant search for learning opportunities to gain new skills so as to remain competitive in the job market. A problem well tackled by these Massive Open Online Courses.

However, it is worth noting that the increase in these opportunities has also led to several uncertainties in the educational field.  Effective evaluation methods have not yet been found and the ability to keep learners engaged still remains a challenge. In sub Saharan Africa, unstable energy supply and poor internet connection is an added challenge to taking online courses: Notwithstanding, some have successfully done so, some are still planning to do so and others have not yet benefitted enough from this opportunity because they started an online course but didn’t complete it. attributes all of these to a loss or lack of motivation which arose at a particular level. For us, gaining enough motivation to start and complete a course is one of the greatest challenges faced when taking Massive Open Online Courses.

Solving the motivational problem is therefore a big challenge which if tackled adequately will be beneficial to more than a handful. For Learners based in Cameroon or around, has attempted a solution. We have created a platform for discussion where prospective e-learning students or those already involved, can exchange experiences, share questions, discuss productively so as to encourage each other to start or complete courses online. Learn more on this at 

Sunday, June 12, 2016




        Smile every time your heart is broken and you feel as to cry
-          Shut up when you have much to say
-          Say its ok, when everything is going wrong
-          Always say yes, whenever saying ‘NO’ is on your mind
-          Tell the world you’re happy even though you’re invaded by sadness
-          Reach out to others whenever  you too need help the most
-          Take on you all the burden and never complain
-          Never ask questions
-          Never go for anything you believe in

Be the robot, be his TV, and please hand him the remote control

-          Sourit, à chaque fois que tu es blesse et a envie de pleurer
-          Tais-toi, à chaque fois que tu as à dire
-          Indique que tout va bien quand tout va mal
-          Toujours dire « oui » à chaque fois que l’on brûle d’envie de dire « non »
-          Parais au monde comme une femme heureuse même si tu es triste au fond
-          Sois présente pour l’autre surtout quand tu as toi-même besoin d’aide
-          Prend tout sur toi sans jamais te plaindre
-          Ne jamais poser de questions
-          Ne jamais suivre ses rêves
-          Sois le robot, sois son téléviseur, de grâce, remet lui la télécommande

Monday, May 2, 2016

12 Golden rules to consider when writing a CV/Resume

Building a great cv is the first step to get that great internship or job which will change your life. Today’s job market is excessively competitive and you must stand out from the crowd with your cv and/or personal statement. Are you tired of having your cv end in the dustbin? Are you tired to wait that phone call or email desperately to no avail? Do you need real techniques that will get your cv retain the attention of the Human Resource Manager? Here are 12 golden rules to consider while building a cv
1- Your cv should be two pages, maximum two and a half and never more than that. Why write more than two pages when your employer is only interested about relevant work experience? You could think filing a five page cv will mean you have broad experience and skills. NO! It simply shows your employer your inability to summarise.

2- Present your CV in a clear and logical manner, using short sentences, bullet points, a single typeface, and remarkable headings

3- Your Personal statement should not be more than 3 lines. State your relevant past experience and where you’re heading to and most especially how relevant it is to the job you are applying for. You could consider updating the information herein anytime you are applying for a new opportunity

4- For each of your jobs, include the company name and address, your job title and dates of employment. Start with the most recent job first. And always ask yourself how relevant it is to your employer

5- Save the cv as your name- You could use your first name. For example, If your names are Angele MESSA, you could save your cv as MESSA’s cv

6- Use professional email addresses which bear your name. You sound more serious that way. Email addresses with your star name is better to use while exchanging with friends.

7- You must not include your Date of birth, stating your age is enough.

8- Don’t add your Nationality except if you are applying for an International Opportunity

9- Include a Picture in your cv only if necessary for the job you are applying for. You could also include a photo if requested by the employer.

10- Hobbies and interests should be related to the job you are applying for. Don’t include this if irrelevant.

11- Produce an error-free cv. Read over and over again. You could even get someone else to check spellings, typos and grammatical mistakes.

12- Last and not the least, always be honest, accurate and able to defend any information on your CV during an interview. Being unable to defend your cv will ruin your reputation before your employer and reduce your chances of getting that opportunity.
 NB: Don't forget to update your CV frequently. You could make it a habit to add relevant information every time you're applying for a new opportunity. This would enable you to consider the employer's needs.

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Chuzih Dadido, Talented Cameroonian Artist, releases new single ‘’Awah”

 Renowned music director and singer-song writer releases new single “Awah”. You couldn’t miss his display of motion-picture-talent from videos like Gasha and Eddy Kenzo’s “Chill”. But don’t be fooled into believing his skills end with stunning video shots. Chuzih Dadido, just took his artistic prowess one step further with the release of the single “Awah”, a creative modern blast of Makossa rhythms.
Singer-Song writer Chuzih Dadido is a Cameroonian based Afro-pop/RnB/Souls musician, Born on the 19th December 1990.

Being the most creative/destructive child of the house, he ventured in different aspects of arts, gambling his way within his thoughts into music. In primary school, he was the lead singer in the school choir and while in secondary/High school, Chuzih interpreted Michael Jackson in school gatherings like Social, Campus Celebrity shows and lots more. At the University, (CATUC-Catholic University of Cameroon, Bamenda) where he studied, he pioneered the Music/Dance clubs and was the acting Music Director.
Even though music is Chuzihs’ first passion, He is also the founder of Fantasy Arts Company. A firm which aims at using motion and still pictures to “bring your imaginations into reality” He is widely known in the show biz milieu thanks to his stunning music videos. He has worked with artists like Eddy Kenzo, Dj Arafat, Gasha, Magasco, Adah, Awu, dj Brico etc. Chuzih is signed to Muanze Group. Discover the newly born Music talent from Cameroon. If that’s what talent feels like, then “Awah” is what it “Sounds like”.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Polygamy: Another Silent Killer in War Time

Patriarchy is a social system in which men dominate and in which powers and possessions belong only to men. There exist both patriarchal men and women. A patriarchal woman is one who has internalized the norms and values of patriarchy, which could be regarded as ‘any culture that priviledges men by promoting traditional gender roles’. Patriarchal beliefs prones the inborn inferiority of women, who are accordingly termed to be naturally submissive. The place of the ‘Nordist’ woman in Cameroon is the same as that of every rural woman. As a ‘good woman’’, she is in charge of the home’s chores, child bearing, and farming. She is the property of her husband or something beautiful that a man could own, gaze upon, and satisfy his sexual needs. That is why; he can have as many as four wives.

The negative effect of war on women and children are enormous and we will not come back to it now.  Women and children are particularly vulnerable in times of war. Many have brought up theories against polygamy but none or very little have taken time to discuss on the added disadvantage of polygamy during war time or crisis. Stories from the North of Cameroon have been brought to us, some of us have travelled to the North to see it for ourselves and in conclusion, Polygamy has an added disadvantage on women and children in times of crisis.

The threat posed by the Boko Haram sect is persisting in the Northern part of Cameroon. Bomb blasts are multiplying and the number of victims is on the rise. Apart from violence, women being used in suicide bombings and rapes, most women have become premature widows with several orphans to look after.  Since the outbreak of the crisis, it has been reported that more than 600 men have disappeared from the town of Mora alone. We are talking of family heads that have disappeared abandoning wives and children. Each man who disappeares leaves behind at least two helpless wives and ten children: These women, to whom no one ever taught how to get a paid job or learn money making skills, are abandoned with a host of children to look after. Meanwhile, the area is facing economic stagnation, poverty and high unemployment rate. Most of these children could easily fall prey to the succulent proposal of Boko Haram heads. There is a wide literature about the negative effects of polygamy and its negative aspect on war is worth noting and giving a second thought. 

Here is my proposal: I think polygamy should stop being considered as a traditional or social norm.  Polygamy should be a personal decision. In this light girls should be educated against polygamy; women should be educated to warn the girl child against polygamy so as to encourage these young women to be interested in education and the right to a paid job. If women in these areas are educated, the family doesn’t end with the man. Women will be able to take care of their families in times of war and this will reduce alcoholism, criminality and promiscuity in our communities, thus reducing HIV Aids and other veneral diseases.

I therefore, strongly share Bole Butake’s point of view in his book 'Bethrothal without Libation' when he says that ‘a woman is capable of rising above her supposed degenerate self’. This point should not be misunderstood. It goes beyong the noise ‘’what a man can do, a woman can do it better.’’ I am no feminist but an objective and rational woman who knows the benefits of education. I do not mean women are better than men. I mean men and women are all human beings who need to be treated with respect and dignity. No two people are the same in the world, not even twins. Women and men are two different types of people, and even, no two women are the same. For me, the relationship between men and women in our society is not and should not be that of rivalry, but should be one of complementarity.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

A stand for Peace and Security...Cameroonian Youths take Action

Hope for the Needy Association (HOFNA) organised from 11 to 12 September in Bamenda a youths women national workshop on peace and security under the theme 'Enhancing multicultural dialogue for peace and security in Cameroon'. This workshop brought together Government officials ( the Governor, Regional Delegate of the police, representative from Minproff), Civil society organisations (Women for a Change (WFAC) Youths Renaissance International, Association des Jeunes Mbororo de l’Est etc etc), Entrepreneurs (Go ahead africa) Individuals (Commonwealth Youths ambassador, National Youths Council Presiden)t, Diplomats (representatives form the US Embassy) and youth leaders from across the ten regions of Cameroon.

The first  symposium brought to the same table, Religious heads, Government representatives, youth leaders and professionals from different works of life to discuss the threat posed by Boko Haram and suggestions on how to best tackle this. The threat posed by Boko Haram is real and its quite a phenomenon not known by Cameroonians. Stories from the North were recounted and we learnt that this part of the country basically lives half day with the army becoming morethanthan civilians in the region.Many feared this could be the most dangerous humanitarian crisis witnessed by Cameroon so far.  The discussions of the forum consisted of equiping all youths to stay alert on how to fight Boko Haram and on how to deal with the post Boko Haram era.

 Discussions centred on religious and inter cultural conflict: the unique geo political situation of Cameroon, and the unique role every Cameroonian should play in order to better tackle this crisis. Participants were took home evidence why Cameroonians need to celebrate their cultural diversity and take advantage of it; they learnt that Islam is Sallam which means peace and any religion worth following should preach peace. However, extremist groups take some verses from the Quran, deform it and use it to justify their terrorist acts. One of the things to take care of is to avoid victimisation. Sometimes, we call some particular people Boko Haram because they are from the North or are Muslims. 

-          Can violence be justified?
Some participants pointed out poverty, unemployment and the unfavourable climatic condition of the Northern region as factors encouraging the quick proliferation of Boko Haram. According to stories heard from the North,  about 600 youths have joined the rangs of Boko Haram. These youths are said to have received a motor bike each with 30 000frs and some have gone as far as taking oaths. to better present the deplorable living conditions in that part of the country,the story of a bike rider was recounted. This guy had helped the police to arrest   a man carrying explosives. The only compensasion he requested from the commissioner was his desire to get married. However, a problem persists because after killing one’s brothers and sisters, how does that solve the poverty and unemployment problem? How does that directly affect the governing body? In this regard, such acts could therefore be qualified as cowardice.
Panelists at the conference gave Cameroonian youths every reason to dream. They had to stop complaining and take action. They had to stop accusing the government to be themselves good exmples to follow, they had to stand out, reach out to one another and create that positive change in their country. They had to carry out actions, no matter how little, to make sure there exists no safe haven for terrorists and be prepared to deal with the Boko haram post era; be patriotic, encourage inter generational dialogue because every cameroonian has a role to play in a unique way for nation building process. 

By the end of the workshop, a declaration was adopted. This document outligned the desire of Cameroonian youths on how the government, international and civil society organisations, Entrepreneurs and youths could work together to curb Boko Haram threats and all forms of extremism in Cameroon. The closing remarks of the President of HOFNA resounds and echoes in the minds of the participants.

Nobody is a Nobody
Everybody is a Somebody

Friday, August 7, 2015

Attitudes to Adopt in times of crisis: The case of Cameroon

All for Cameroon

 For a long time, Cameroon has been an oasis of peace in the Central African zone. Threats posed at its  frontiers like the multiplication of refugees from the DRC, Mali and Northern Nigeria have been tackled without putting in danger the Cameroonian population. Since 2010, the threats posed by Boko Haram has been spreading widely: Alarming increase of refugees and occasional kidnapping of strangers in the Northern region of Cameroon. Despite all efforts put in place to negotiate peace, the attacks have multiplied. In 2010 therefore, Cameroon declared war on the Islamic sect through its President Paul Biya while in Paris. The sect therefore showed its interest to getting into war with Cameroon by waging open attacks. War then broke out. All Cameroonians came out so as to preserve their integrity and this sect was challenged once more. Boko Haram didn’t stop there; it then opted for a guerrilla tactic which was a prove of the superiority of the Cameroonian armed forces over them. They witnessed once more a spectacular defeat but opted for a third option- suicide bombings perpetrated by young women. Cameroonians had only seen this before on TV. Today, its no longer a dream. It’s a fact which Cameroonians need to accept and learn how to effectively manage so as to come out of it heads high. Basing my thoughts on the socio-anthropological organisation of the country, I think every Cameroonian has a role to play in assuring Cameroon’s victory over this terrorist group. When Maroua was hurt, we saw all Cameroonians standing up as one to mourn and pray. Right now many are asking themselves in what ways they  could be useful to their country during this crisis. I therefore took upon myself to make some suggestions which seem little or weightless at first sight but which could help many Cameroonians to better manage the Boko Haram threat.

i-             Avoid Hateful Speeches

This is defined by Wikipédia as ‘any speech, gesture or conduct, writing, or display which is forbidden because it may incite violence or prejudicial action against or by a protected individual or group, or because it disparages or intimidates a protected individual or group’. This is very helpful to Cameroonians during the crisis posed by the Boko Haram threat which they’ve been going through. Traditional and social media are the tools through which hate speeches could be passed to the general public. After the attacks in Fotokol and Maroua, we heard all kinds of theories and speeches in our private radio stations, some national and international media and social networks. The intimidating and heart hurting photos spread across the Internet as wild fire. Mutual accusations followed: some accused the Government, others the Muslim community and even the French for masterminding these attacks on Cameroon for economical interests. Some rejected these theses, while others adopted them and tried to incite Cameroonians to hatred. These are attitudes all Cameroonians must avoid during this crisis because it doesn’t help anybody. It instead nails the country. Remember, United we stay strong, divided we fail.

ii-            Stand out as ONE

Cameroon is made up of more than 240 ethnic groups with a multitude of dialects. Cameroon had more than 21 candidates for the 2011 presidential elections which is a proof of the diversity of its culture, values and convictions. Cameroon is made up of a linguistic and religious richness and this has never been a problem. This country could have more than 10 000 dialects but its more than 22million inhabitants are able to talk and understand each other. Cameroonians are as proud to celebrate Christmas as well as the Ramadan. The Re-unification of this country has been described by some as the ‘imperfect blend’ but you could all trust me, this is not the time for that. This is the time to stand up as one and fight the common enemy (Boko Haram) which is out to destroy all what we’ve built so far. To this effect, every Cameroonian, be it from the ruling party or the opposition, be it a Muslim or christian must support the fight. This is the only proof you love your country.

iii-        Stay   vigilant

All Cameroonians must remain watchful and on the alert of danger. It is time to know your neighbours and those who live in your quarter. It is time to be careful so as to detect strangers with unusual attitudes.They could be suicide bombers or members of the sect. The issue with the sect is, they don’t care if you are christian or Muslim, they don’t care if you are civilian or in the military. All they want to do is see you or your loved ones terrorised or dead. To this effect, its necessary to always take your identification documents with you to ease security checks by the police. It will be beneficial to avoid keeping late nights, loitering, quarrels, unnecessary gatherings or fighting. This will make our environment safer as there will be no hiding place for Boko Haram and its partisans. If there is need, call the police and stay safe.