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Nathalie Yamb’s expulsion from Côte d’Ivoire: a victory against imperialism?

03.12.2019
Article from AFRIC Editorial
"Neo-colonialism is the cause of all the misfortunes affecting French-speaking African states. This is simple but meaningful statement has become very viral today, opening the door to the obscure expulsion of Nathalie Yamb from Côte d'Ivoire. An awakener of the conscience, freedom and democracy, Nathalie Yamb is Swiss-Cameroonian who has long campaigned for an end to neo-colonialism in Africa. Residing in Côte d'Ivoire for many years until recently, Nathalie Yamb, beyond her fight against French politics in Africa, is a politician of LIDER, the opposition party of Professor Mamadou Koulibaly, occupying the position of executive advisor.

After working as the head of human resources at MTN Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire and MTN West Africa, Nathalie Yamb decided to dedicate herself to her new mission, which is to fight for a new Africa that promotes the emancipation of the African people from all that is undemocratic. Under this new function, she has proven to be a tough nut for the African political systems that serve as a “sub-division” under France, such as that of Alassane Ouattara of Cote d’Ivoire or Paul Biya of Cameroon, on whom she blames the progressive erosion of a country once destined for prosperity.

A fight for Africa

For a very long time, Nathalie Yamb has been recognised as a defender of African sovereignty. She who is unafraid to criticize France’s policy of “theft and terrorism” in Africa and is fighting for a continent  though beingvery rich, is nevertheless the most needy in the world. She criticizes all the old African system which pays allegiance to France, and is more concerned about personal wealth than the interest of the people. She calls for a union around a single cause: “the love of Africa” and not for the formation of alliances against people but for one against the system as seen in Côte d’Ivoire. Like the screenwriter Souleymane Boel, Nathalie Yamb believes that the struggle against imperialism is a necessity to maintain respect between peoples.

Fight against the CFA Franc

Like other pan-Africanists such as Kemi Seba, Nathalie Yamb has made the fight against the CFA franc, the colonial currency, one of her top priorities. For her, the CFA Franc does not allow a favourable development of African states that use it. In addition, she has taken up the challenge of criticizing the project of the new currency “ECO”, which she believes will not be different from the CFA Franc. “We want to get out of the CFA Franc that Paris, with its African lackeys, wants to perpetuate under the name ECO, and which does not allow the industrialization of French-speaking Africa. The conquest of our monetary sovereignty is crucial, because the only stability that the CFA Franc guarantees to the countries that use it is bad governance, poverty and corruption,” she said.

The Case law of the Sochi Summit

At the Russia-Africa Summit held in Sochi on 23 and 24 October 2019, Nathalie Yamb, called upon to speak on “the development emergencies of French-speaking Africa, sovereignty, African values and Russia’s role in Africa”, castigating the neo-colonialism practiced by France. In front of an audience made up of representatives from the continent, she called on Russia to get more involved in rebalancing the power France has, which makes her behave like a “mercenary” in Africa. Taking advantage of the stage offered her; she did not fail to do an autopsy of France’s neo-colonial tendencies which are the cause of all the misfortunes of the French-speaking African States. Without mincing words, she openly criticized France’s continuous neo-colonialism, which even today still treats Africa as one of its overseas territories.

Removal Facebook and Wikipedia pages

A few days after Nathalie Yamb’s brilliant intervention at the Sochi Summit, her Wikipedia page was deleted. Could it have been a coincidence or proof of the impact of the fight she’s leading? Worse still, the Association for Free Research and International Cooperation (AFRIC) to which she is very close, suffered the same fate with their Facebook page being deactivated on 29 October 2019 by the social network company without any explanations. Faced with these manoeuvres to silence her, Nathalie Yamb is rather encouraged as she says “this is proof that the cause we are fighting for is a noble one and that fear has changed sides.

Report of sponsored expulsion

Nathalie Yamb’s strong criticism of Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara and French policies in Africa finally led to her expulsion from Côte d’Ivoire on Monday, December 02, 2019. However, without respect for democracy, this expulsion appears much more like a conspiracy to get rid of a child from Africa. No reason mentioned, just the urgent registration, and a summon was sent to her on Friday 29 November 2019 by the General Investigation Department of the Abidjan Police District.

The premise of a victory against imperialism

Speaking on the issue of the expulsion of his executive advisor, Professor Mamadou Koulibaly, president of the LIDER party, pointed out the abject and cowardly nature of such a measure. He said “she is accused of an activity that is against the interest of the State”. However, Nathalie Yamb considers this cowardice as a victory over neo-colonialism. Before her departure, she said “They make us so much stronger by acting as they do. We’re moving forward. Things have to change. Things will change”, urging all Africans to continue the fight for the complete liberation of the

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