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Paul Njie

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About Paul
Paul Njie is a freelance multimedia journalist and fixer, covering local stories for global audiences. He has worked with international media such as TRT WORLD, Al Jazeera, The Globe and Mail, The Christian Science Monitor and University World News.

Paul is highly skilled in news reporting, interviewing and presenting. In 2021, he won a TV Presenter of the Year award for his on-air flair while anchoring news for Dash Media, a Pan-African network. Using his sharp analytic skills, he has also participated as guest on BBC Africa programmes.

He is equally a masterful interviewer, with ability to arrange for interviews with high profile personalities. In the course of his career, he has interviewed the World Chair of the International Human Rights Commission and one of Cameroon's most prestigious kings.
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Black Thursday: Chad grants amnesty to police who killed over 50 protestors

24 Nov 2023  |  bbc.co.uk
Chad's military-led government has granted amnesty to security forces responsible for the deaths of at least 50 opposition protesters during a crackdown in 2022. The amnesty is part of a national reconciliation deal with opposition leader Succès Masra, though some opposition members, like Yaya Dillo, view it as a way to avoid justice. Human rights groups claim the death toll exceeds 300. Over 600 were arrested, with 83 minors among them, and 265 were convicted for various charges. President Mahamat Idriss Déby Itno, who took power after his father's death in 2021, pardoned and released 259 individuals in April.

Africa Live this week: Nigeria to withdraw police from VIP security

14 Nov 2023  |  BBC News فارسی
The Nigerian government has released over 4,000 prisoners to reduce jail overcrowding, as part of President Bola Tinubu's initiative, which includes more non-custodial sentences. Nigeria's prisons are over capacity, with detainees often waiting years for trial. Kenya is experiencing severe floods and landslides, affecting 80,000 households, with emergency services conducting rescues and aid deliveries. The Malian army found a mass grave in Kidal after retaking the town from Tuareg separatists, coinciding with the UN Mission's withdrawal from Mali.

CAMEROON Trickle of late payments may not be enough to avert a strike

16 Apr 2023  |  University World News
The article reports on the situation in Cameroon where university lecturers have begun receiving overdue research allowances following the announcement of a potential strike in June 2022. The National Union of Higher Education Teachers (SYNES-UB) had announced an indefinite strike across eight universities due to unpaid benefits. The government's release of payments is seen as an attempt to prevent the strike. However, the process has been criticized for its inefficiency, as lecturers must travel to the capital, Yaoundé, to collect their dues, which is both time-consuming and costly. Dr. Nick Ngwanyam criticized the government's payment strategy as a result of bad governance. Despite some lecturers receiving payments, others continue to wait, and the union's executive bureau may still decide to proceed with the planned strike if the situation does not improve.

Chad fighting: Heavy gunfire in N'Djamena after attack on security HQ

28 Feb 2023  |  bbc.co.uk
In Chad's capital N'Djamena, heavy gunfire followed an attack on the National Security Agency headquarters, with several fatalities reported. The government accused the opposition Socialist Party Without Borders of the attack, which the party denied. The incident occurred amid tensions over the upcoming presidential elections on May 6, with the opposition fearing an extension of the Déby dynasty. Internet connectivity disruptions were also reported by Netblocks. President Mahamat Déby, who took power in 2021, has delayed the return to civilian rule, prompting criticism from the opposition.

Internally displaced persons who fled conflict in Cameroon's Anglophone regions suffer in neighboring Francophone region.

My special report on the resumption of a traditional festival in Cameroon's West region after a two-year break.

Here's my report on a humanitarian barber who gives free haircuts to less privileged children.

Russian invasion will trigger surge in food prices for the world’s poorest, UN agency says

08 Jan 2023  |  The Globe and Mail
The article discusses the impact of the Ukraine conflict on global food prices, particularly in Cameroon and other vulnerable regions. The United Nations World Food Programme reports that the war could lead to 47 million more people facing acute hunger. The situation is exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic's economic effects, with governments struggling to support vulnerable populations. Food prices have surged, with significant increases in the cost of staples like bread, cooking oil, and wheat flour in countries like Yemen, Syria, Lebanon, and Libya. The crisis is expected to worsen existing hunger crises in regions like West Africa. Oxfam warns of potential cuts in international aid to Africa as funds are redirected to support Ukrainian refugees. In Cameroon, bread prices have risen by about 20%, affecting consumers, vendors, and bakery workers. The article includes personal accounts from individuals in Cameroon who are struggling with the economic repercussions of the conflict.

Students, lecturers may boycott National Day due to conflict

08 Jan 2023  |  University World News
The article discusses the situation in Cameroon where students and lecturers from English-speaking regions are expected to boycott the National Day celebration on 20 May due to threats from anglophone separatists. The separatists, who have been in conflict with the state for about five years, have declared a lockdown and warned against participation in the festivities. Many in the higher education community are prioritizing safety and choosing to stay indoors. The boycott is anticipated to have a negative impact on the education sector. Despite the threats, some individuals in the English-speaking regions plan to participate, viewing it as a patriotic duty. The article also touches on the historical context of the anglophone crisis and the ongoing confrontations between separatists and state forces.

This showreel demonstrates my ability to report, present news, interview and analyse stories.

‘Modern Africa represents 2% of global commerce, that’s unequal’ – African tribal chief descendant ‘King Bell’

26 Dec 2022  |  www.rt.com
King Jean-Yves Eboumbou Douala Manga Bell discusses the economic potential of Cameroon and other African countries, the history of the Douala people, and related topics in an interview.

The Cameroon star’s roots are in the impoverished community of New Bell, where they remember a prodigious child playing.

28 Nov 2022  |  Al Jazeera
The article focuses on the humble beginnings of Cameroonian football legend Samuel Eto'o in the New Bell district of Douala, Cameroon. It describes the local football field where Eto'o first played and his rise from a local talent to a global football star. Childhood friend Dominique Essindi and local leader Chief Emmanuel Tonye share their memories of Eto'o's early passion for football and his mother's initial disapproval. The article also touches on Eto'o's recent achievement of becoming the president of the Cameroon Football Federation (Fecafoot) and the positive impact his success has had on the New Bell community, inspiring young footballers and bringing hope for the future of Cameroonian football.

Nearly 1 million children are out of school in Cameroon as a brutal separatist conflict wears on

05 Jun 2019  |  The Christian Science Monitor
The article discusses the impact of the separatist conflict in Cameroon on education, highlighting the story of 16-year-old Bless, an aspiring engineer. Due to the violence between English-speaking separatists and the French-dominated government, nearly 1 million children are out of school, with schools being targeted as symbols of state control. Bless, who had to flee his home in the North West region, continues to pursue his passion for engineering by building electric toy cars from materials found at the dump. Despite the hardships, he dreams of returning to school and eventually studying abroad. The conflict has led to widespread displacement, with the United Nations estimating nearly 500,000 Cameroonians affected. The article also touches on the cultural diversity of Cameroon and the long-standing tensions between its English and French-speaking populations. The Norwegian Refugee Council and Amnesty International provide statistics on the crisis, while the Ayah Foundation works to support those displaced.

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