Emmanuel Mbella Lifafe (EML) Endeley:
What do know about Emmanuel Mbella Lifafe (EML) Endeley?
This great man has been described by many as: a proud man, haughty, domineering, scornful and contemptuous of other politicians. Another set of people described him as: intelligent, resourceful, the first ever true democrat from Africa and the man who saw tomorrow!
Born on 10 April 1916 and passed away on June 29, 1988! Prior to his demise, he studied in the Nigerian School of Medicine in Yaba and graduated as a medical practitioner. Served in Nigeria as an assistant medical officer and in 1945, he served in Buea; Southern Cameroons as a chief medical officer. He found himself struggling with the mighty CDC over the need for a better working conditions for 25000 southern Cameroonians CDC had employed at that time. He led Southern Cameroonian representatives out of the Eastern Nigerian House of Assembly in Enugu and later fought for an autonomous Southern Cameroons in 1954.
Emmanuel Mbella Lifafe (EML) Endeley was from a minority tribe and since “democracy” simply means “majority”, his stance against unification with the republic of Cameroun could not bare any fruits since his rivals(Foncha, Muna, and Jua) could be identified and easily convinced the majority of Southern Cameroonians.
On the eve of the 1961 Plebiscite, the man who saw tomorrow released a very long but insightful pamphlet warning Southern Cameroonians of the impending dangers of voting for unification with the Republic Of Cameroun. Below are excepts from the Pamphlets which we term; “Top predictions by Emmanuel Mbella Lifafe (EML) Endeley.
- If you vote for Cameroun Republic, you will for ever fail to secure independence for the Southern Cameroons because Cameroun Republic is still a COLONY of France. French troops are still stationed in Douala and Yaounde…The CPNC maintains that it is no use for the Southern Cameroons to move from the British COLONY system. We must move into true INDEPENDENCE with Nigeria.
- Under the French system, you cannot have a fair trial. Anyone accused of an offence in the Cameroun Republic is manhandled and flogged and is generally treated as a guilty criminal. Even the most junior policeman there seems to have the power of “life and death” over the common people! This is a bad system and must be rejected by the voters.
- Who amongst you would like to live in a country where your life and property are constantly in danger? Who amongst you peaceful citizens of the Southern Cameroons, will like to live in a country where you may be shot at as you move along the street, or your wife killed as she toils the farm?
- Who amongst you will like to live in a country which lacks complete respect for human dignity and where you cannot speak out your mind freely or pursue your business in peace? Surely none of you. Who amongst you will like your children to grow up in servitude? Surely none of you.
- If you want to avert the impending confusion that will befall the Southern Cameroons, and if you want the territory to develop into a county where all will be fairly treated and adequately catered for; where there will be equal opportunities for everyone, irrespective of tribe, creed, race or political association, then cast your vote in the GREEN BOX during the Plebiscite on February 11.
The Majority , lacked the insight to see what EML Saw—voted for unification and today we are back to the drawing board to correct the mistakes of our fore fathers.