Category Archives: Europe

“Chanctou Challange” as the Presidential couple met the pope

It was the second time as the presidential couple, Paul and Chantal Biya met with the Pope today in Rome. The Pope granted President Paul Biya a 30 minutes audience. The Two leaders discussed the role the Church plays for the development of the country, especially in the fields of education and healthcare.

We learn from a statement released by the Holy See Press Office, that the discussions were cordial, and highlighted the good existing relations between the Holy See and Cameroon.

The Zenith reports that they spoke about the importance of favoring national cohesion, whilst giving precedence to the richness of various historical and cultural traditions of the country, in respect for human rights and the rights of minorities.  The President later met with the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, and Secretary for Relations with States, Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher.

Our First lady Chantal Biya was seen performing the Bidoung Pkatt “Challenge” or call it “Chantou Challenge”  when she bowed as deep as she could to kiss the hands of the Holy Father. A gesture that shows her humbleness and uniqueness. A natural woman who never forgets her background even as seen from her steps as she is always being ushered and easy to miss them.

This visit to the pope by the head of state has been interpreted by some analyst as a ploy to get Pope Francis to visit Cameroon as his predecessors St Pope John Paul II twice and Pope Benedict xvi.

Shey Tatah Sevidzem

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Pope to allow married men to become priests

The news of the Pope opened to discussions on allowing married men to become priests has brought mixed feelings and criticisms even before the decision will be reached. For close to 22 hours since the CNN interview and report, many have worried about this change of teachings.“In an interview with German newspaper Die Zeit, Pope Francis said the lack of Catholic priests was an “enormous problem” for the Church, and indicated he would be open to a change in the rules governing eligibility for the priesthood.

“We need to consider if ‘viri probati’ could be a possibility,” he said. “If so, we would need to determine what duties they could undertake, for example, in remote communities.”
Viri probati is the Latin term for “tested men” or married men of outstanding faith and virtue.
Pope Francis holds firm against conservative pushback
The option would allow men who are already married to be ordained as priests. But single men who are already priests would not be allowed to marry, according to the Pope.
“Voluntary celibacy is not a solution,” he said.
This message or piece of news is therefore for people like us who missed the opportunity and might have another chance of becoming a priest while married. The debate does not target priests becoming married but rather married people who want to become priests.
This is to match up with the lack of priests to handle the uncrowded churches in Europe.
In the scandinavian countries, some parishes are forced to merge with others due to lack of priests and some are obliged to get either a married deacon for services or a catechist to carry out services. The case is different in Africa as many still rush for priestly vocations.
Would it be better to ordain Rev sisters as priests or accept married people become priests?
Shey Tatah Sevidzem

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Marius Youbi returns to Denmark today

Marius Youbi, an international student at Aarhus University who was asked to leave Denmark a month ago arrives Denmark again today this time on a working permit.

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Marius was sent out of Denmark on the 7th of January for working too much as a student. Baptized “Super student” from Cameroon, Marius intelligence and excellence in studies forced the media and sympathizers to fight for his cause. The Slogan has been;”Sending away Gold and welcoming criminality”.

Marius received a lot of support both from Denmark and without as an electrical engineering student and this has landed him a job as an engineer, reason for which he has been given a chance to come back. The Danish Media today shall focus solely on his case as broadcast over the TV. He has suddenly become not only a super student but a super star. Note that he is 30 years old.

This is just one of the many stories we have, but also should serve as a lesson to many.

We wish and hope Him well.

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Identifying African Diaspora Organizations in the Nordic States

Identifying & selecting African Diaspora Organizations in The Nordic Countries:

Our office  in the UK ADEPT would like to Identify all African Diaspora Development Organizations in all the Nordic Countries. This would mean all Diaspora Organizations that carry our Development Activities in any of the 54 African States.
We Intend to Identify/select at least 15 to 20 of such Organizations in each of the Nordic States and seek ways on how to practically assist them in their promotion to African Development.
This can be done through Organizing training Seminars in Capacity Building and Fundraising.  We expect you to either send us an email with a brief description of your Organization and the latest or list of projects you have carried out or intend to carry in Africa. The Contact person’s details are very important for feedback and the selection. Kindly Spread this info to all your networks on African Diaspora groups.
In November 2014, ADEPT organized a similar Conference in Copenhagen at the Scandic and Radisson Blu Hotels respectively in close collaboration with the African Chambers of commerce, The Danish refugee Council, ADDR and Filip Buff Pedersen from the Danish Mission counsel training on fundraising.
Details of the conference can be seen here: http://sheytatah.dk/first-african-diaspora-development-forum-ddf/
ADEPT is a Platform i work with as a Volunteer and it is an interactive and informative platform gathering African diaspora and migrant organizations. The main objective of the platform is to promote the contribution of the Diaspora to act as a development actor for Africa. More About ADEPT can be seen on this Website: http://www.adept-platform.org/
 
Kindly forward the list of the organizations to following:
 
Shey Tatah Sevidzem:  sheytatah@gmail.com
 Ntende Peter.:               ntendepeter@gmail.com
 
The Final Selection shall be done with ADEPT Administration from the list we shall compile and send.
Please do not forget to share to all African Diaspora Organizations in the Nordic states. 
 
Kind regards
Shey Tatah

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Cameroon student Sent out of Denmark for working a lot

This may sound like a fairy tale to some of us especially those who have never traveled out of their respective countries to face the realities on the ground. Majority of such always think that things are done the same way as in their own countries. A real but pathetic story, one that can pose a million dollar question. This “Super student” as is being referred to in Denmark was supposed to work 20 hours a week but worked 21.5 hrs. An extra 1.5hr . He has been punished for that.

Marius You

Marius Nteguem Youbi that you see on the image above is a Cameroonian that came to Denmark to further his studies. In the course of his studies, Marius came face to face with the realities and the challenges of being a foreign student, paying fees, house rents, other bills etc in one of the world’s most expensive country Denmark. Marius being a smart, Intelligent and hard working guy decided to look for a job to handle and face these challenges.

Denmark until the last 2 years used to give foreign students the opportunity to work for 15hours per week to assist them in their stay and studies but raised to 20 hours recently. These hours for a student from a poor background can only permit a him or her afford a little room in the student hostel while feeding, fees, and other responsibilities are at the mercy of God.

marius Youbi

Marius picked a job to sustain his stay without being dependent on the Danish Government which according to some was 21.5Hours a week, little did he know that this was a trap set for him. Marius had actually “broken” the Danish law for working One and a half (I.5hr) hour illegally. For this reason and no other, Marius was asked to leave Denmark despite all odds.

Marius until today was a student of Aarhus University (Aarhus is the second city in Denmark) studying in a town called Herning. Despite the job Marius kept, he never was affected by his studies in any form. He was and remained the first in his class even during the crisis. He hailed the Flag of Cameroon very high as one of the greatest countries in Human resources.

When His school learnt of the decision by the Danish Immigration Law, Two exams were pending at that time and they decided to Organize them for him. The Danish system of education is organized into point system (character) unlike in the UK where percentage is used. It starts from Zero to twelve (0-12) where 0 is F and 12 is A or A+. Example of their grading system is as follows

12=A, 10= B, 7=C, 4= D, 2=E, 0=F and -2=U

I am stating this not because i studied in the same system but because i want you to look at how some people do not value Gold. Marius went in for the first Exam and came out with a 12, an A+. The school could not understand this and called for the second exam, he got in again and struck another 12, Then the third exam about 2 weeks ago he was called to the semester Exams. At this time the Danish Media had become interested in the case and even waited outside to meet this genius of a Marius. When he came out of the exam room, he was surprised to see TV MidVest waiting on him. He had kept another record with the 3rd 12 (A+).

Here is  Video on one of the Danish media meeting this Great Hero from Cameroon and to tell you that he speaks danish like someone born there when he has only spent months. Some us who spent years there can not even speak a quarter of what comes out of his mouth especially with that danish accent.

Marius & Exams

Marius himself was so happy that he could not describe his success, he said he felt like a football player that had won the world cup despite all the crisis and challenges.

The school authorities after deliberations decided to hang on his case, that such a student could not be sent out without completing his studies. They contacted the Immigration office and even the Danish foreign minister to no avail.

http://www.tvmidtvest.dk/artikel/17000-underskrifter-marius-boer-blive-i-landet

Thousands (17,000) of Danes and students signed petitions against the decision but failed. Some of the comments made by some danes were even aggressive to their country as a whole but as we say, No one is above the law. This is one of the cases being proven.

Lyn

Christina Lyhne whose comment was liked by thousands of people said “Håber politikerne snart forstår alvoren i det her… Vi udelukker simpelthen den gode arbejdskraft, for at have plads til forbrydere.. Godt du holder hovedet højt!!” Paraphrasing, She hopes that politicians will understand how serious this is, how the country rejects experts and open doors to criminals.

Last Tuesday 5th Jan 2016, a demonstration was organized in Herning where more than 300 Danes came out to fight for this engineer student with the main opposition leading party leader in the town taking part and giving a talk. Our victim Marius was also available where he thanked all for their support. This was to force the Danish Government reverse the decision still to no avail. There is a link in Danish for the demonstration…

http://www.tvmidtvest.dk/artikel/marius-om-demonstration-stoetten-betyder-alt#player

This morning Marius stood at the Billund International with his sister to quit Denmark, was this for good? Marius himself promised the sister that he will be back maybe after three months as he has to apply again from start. It takes usually at least 3 months to handle a student application and it is the hope of all that Marius be given a chance to go back and complete his studies which he already paid for.

http://www.tvmidtvest.dk/artikel/nu-forlader-marius-youbi-landet

What has Marius achieved for foreign students? A lot has been achieved but if there is one thing that i have to mention it is because i feel proud as a Cameroonian and one that went through a similar situation though not sent out but left with a huge debt as i could not afford my fees and had to put my family and family into huge debts and loan that will take years to pay. There are many of us, some lucky ones like Romeo Ellad and our elder sister Birka Angeline were only fined but not sent back home. The question now is, why was he not fined? The answer again is mingling in the air. But to come back to one Great achievement Marius had brought to foreign students in Denmark is the fact that the Minister has agreed to look into the law again. This might brought some hope to millions of tuition students embarking on a similar journey.

Food for thought:

We should understand that going abroad is not a solution to our family crisis completely. One never knows the reasons why foreign students break rules, is it to survive? is it to provide for family back home? Keep and maintain friends?  The pressure we put on some of these students abroad can end up frustrating them more. We should give them the chance to study and either come back home for a job or get a job where they have studied before we expect from them.

Marius says this before leaving Denmark “I have lost all”. We all know what he meant but to me he has achieved a lot. He has also shown how strong some of us Africans are, by combining work and school to survive yet we still beat the most happy people in the world (The danes) in academics. This only exposed the ugly part of the country that is looked upon as a “Paradise”

More to follow

Shey Tatah Sevidzem (Wo Scandy)

 

 

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