Cameroon Bangwa Nchen, Ambazonia Flag Are Conspicuous At Sisiku’s Hearing!

By Eric Tataw – Thursday February 7, 2019.

Cameroon Bangwa Nchen, Ambazonia Flag Are Conspicuous At Sisiku’s Hearing!

Sisiku Ayuk Tabe Julius is dressed in this exact regalia – The Nchen

A military court in Cameroon’s capital Yaoundé has kicked off hearings on the case of Sisiku Ayuk Tabe Julius and nine other Anglophone separatist leaders arrested in Nigeria on Friday, January 5, 2018, and extradited to Cameroon to satnd trial for Terrorism amongst others.

The case that was adjourned to today; Thursday, February 7, 2019, started with a strong objection from the Defense Lawyers. Objections have been raised on the quality of interpreters, a source has told National Telegraph. The lawyers have denounced the interpreters based on Cameroon’s bilingual nature.

The presence of Hon Joshua Osih, member of Parliament of the Social Democratic Front (SDF), one of Cameroon’s opposition political party has added ambiance. Two represntatives of the European Union have also taken a vantage position. That notwithstanding, a lockdown in the two English-speaking Regions of the North West and South might have hindered Justice Ayah Paul Abine from answering present.  

The super scale erstwhile supreme court judge turned lawyer had announced he would be making appearances at all Sisiku trials. His absence has however gone almost unnoticed. The Bangwa Nchen has stolen the occasion.

Sisiku Ayuk Tabe Julius is conspicuously dressed in the Nchen. The Nchen is usually used in all Bangwa coronations and is a symbol of Royalty and peace. Sisiku’s Nchen has the special collar marked with the Ambazonia Flag at the neck. It also has a red aligning the flag.

The red according to the designer stands for the war and the blood flowing over the warring North West and South West Regions now referred to as Ambazonia.

The red sits on top of the Ambazonia flag. In the front is a gong standing for authority and kingship. In the middle is a calabash with olive branches (Nkeng)  as the Bangwa people would call it, standing for peace and unity.

The fins, at the end on the legs and hands, stand for its tributaries to the outside world, the designer implies. Bangwa is the name given to people from Lebialem, a division in Cameroon’s restive South West Region.

Lebialem now has one of the strongest armed groups; The Red Dragons fighting for the restoration statehood of the former British Southern Cameroons now called Ambazonia. There are many other armed groups in the unruly North West and South West fighting for the same cause.

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