Associate Professor Michael Akomaye Yanou, a practicing advocate and senior lecturer in law at the University of Buea, has published another law book entitled: Practice and Procedure in Civil Matters in the Courts of Records in Anglophone Cameroon. This book is the first of its kind by a Cameroonian author which deals with practice and procedures in the English Speaking Courts of the former West Cameroon.
The blurb of the book describe it as the first of its kind in the rather dynamic domain of civil procedure in the Anglophone regions which brings significant local context into practice of law particularly at a point in time when civil practice has been radically altered by the country’s ongoing effort at harmonizing both the substantive and procedural laws applicable in the country.
According to the author, Michael A. Yanou, it was very necessary for legal practitioners to read and understand the very important verdicts of Cameroon judges, reason why he published the book. The same source revealed that, “most law books that have always been used were either written by Nigerian authors or other foreign authors and the scope did not really reflect our contemporary society”.
Former Supreme Court Judge and Attorney General for the South West Region, Justice Fonkwe Joseph Fongang, prefaced the 248 page book while the foreword was written by the President of the South West Court of Appeal, Justice (Mrs) Lucy Asuagbor.
Among those who turned out to support Prof. Yanou at the book launch in the sumptuous Amphi 250, July 11, 2012, was the Nigerian Consul General for the North West and South West Regions o Cameroon. Others included Kama James Shona, General Manager of Ashuka, which does maritime transport. He procured a copy on behalf of his company with the sum of 2.000.000frs.
On hand also was Barrister Ettah Bisong Jr, President of the Cameroon Bar Council, while Justice Batuo Paul Akong, State Prosecutor for Meme was remarkable. Numerous attendees at the launch including legal practitioners and luminaries, colleagues and students of Yanou purchased copies.
It should be noted that, Barrister and Advocate, Michael Akomaye Yanou is a senior lecturer in law at the Department of Law of the University of Buea. He was prior to this a lecturer in law at the faculties of law of the Universities of Uyo and Calabar in Nigeria respectively. Besides holding a PhD from Rhodes University, South Africa, he has gone down in record as the first candidate to obtain the PhD in this field within only two years. He is a one time winner of the Visiting Research Fellowship of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. Yanou is a practicing advocate of the Supreme Courts of Cameroon and Nigeria who has published several articles in learned journals. Conspicuously, Yanou is the incumbent President of the Syndicate of Teachers of Higher Education – SYNES, University of Buea Chapter.
By AMINDEH BLAISE ATABONG