The impact of the slave trade on local populations was great and it is still being felt in many areas of Cameroon today. The indiscriminate sale of individuals created a lot of problems for Cameroon including the loss of valuable population, insecurity, fear, uncertainty and the consequent absence of sustained development. Ethnic conflicts that have slowed development in Africa for centuries and that are rife in parts of Cameroon are usually traceable to the history of past enslavement. Ethnic conflicts in the northern parts of Cameroon, where memories of past slave-taking are still fresh, continue to negatively affect relationships between some ethnic entities today.
Today, some people of the slavery diaspora, whose ancestors experienced this involuntary mass dispersion of people, are looking to reconnect to their Cameroonian roots, and they are welcomed back warmly. This shows that their ancestors were not unwanted in their original societies, they were stolen. The most important thing about this reconnection is that Africans across the continent and those in the diaspora reject the so-called “curse of enslavement” and want to unite for the development of the continent by reclaiming African dignity and honor.
* The term “tribe” is no longer used in African studies by African scholars. Instead, these structures are referred to as “ethnic entities.”