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General News of Monday, 31 August 2015

Source: cameroon-tribune.cm

The Guardian Post fetes 14th anniversary

The Guardian Post newspaper, the only English language daily in Cameroon today, is 14 years old. It was founded on August 30, 2001 by Kristian Ngah Christian. The anniversary, which is celebrated every year, held this time on Friday, August 28, 2015 at Printania Hotel, Carrefour Obili in Yaounde.

Special guests included the Chair of the event, Barrister Ntumfor Nico Halle, the Secretary General of Buea Council, Joseph Ewume, the Secretary General of the Bamenda City Council, Jude Waindim, ace journalist, Shifu Ngalla and artiste, Adeline Mbenkum.

Speaking on the anniversary, Barrister Ntumfor Nico Halle said it was a moment to take stock of successes and failures. “If you do not take stock of your failures, you will not know how to move forward. It is not about looking only at success. You can never achieve success without failure,” he cautioned.

He stressed the necessity for The Guardian Post management to ask where it went wrong in the past 14 years in order to make amends. “The Guardian Post has carved a niche for itself in spite of the difficult economic environment in the country. It is making great efforts to survive in a crunchy situation. My advice to them is to be more professional by carrying out thorough investigations before going to press,” the learned Barrister pointed out. Kristian Ngah Christian admitted that the road has been long and thorny, but by the grace of God, they were able to make it. “To have an independent English language newspaper in Cameroon that publishes three times a week like we do is a feat because no one else does it,” he explained.

Kristian Ngah restated the middle of the road position taken by his paper on all major issues. According to him, anything concerning Anglophones is priority. “When we began in 2001, I was alone, but 14 years on, we now have 28 permanent staff and a number of stringers. We started with a print run of 500 copies and today we are at 3,000. The future of our paper is great because we have just acquired a sophisticated printing press that should go operational in Yaounde by the end of September 2015,” The Guardian Post Publisher concluded.

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