Converging under the theme: Economic Empowerment for sustainable rural development, Bafaw, a leading tribe in Meme Division, South West Region of Cameroon, met in a 2 day cultural reunion – The Mbum m’ Bafaw – in its 2ndgrand edition.
Holding in Kombone-Bafaw, one of the tribes 10 villages, the momentous event, a rare occasion, presented a unique opportunity for the Bafaw people to take stock of concerns of the tribe: from the level of implementation of projects earmarked during the 2010 reunion in Yaoundé; like the construction of a Bafaw heritage Museum in Kumba, through issues on leadership and succession, marriages and land consolidation, to economic empowerment schemes.
Speaking during the grand cultural festival, the minister of culture, her Excellency, Madam Amma Tutu Muna, started by lauding efforts made by the Bafaw to keeping their culture alive…….Listen to the Minister
Talking on economic empowerment and sustainable rural development, the people were encouraged to hold fast on what made them successful in the first place. According to excepts from the Dunders report, done by British colonial administrators on Southern Cameroons, the ‘Bafaw are a people of enterprise and economic prioress.’ The report entreated all to take on the Abel Mukete’s of old who are credited with massive Cocoa production…’ for if Bafaw must forge ahead, if it must rebuild broken cisterns, then it needs the old time religion – Give me that old time religion – as the song goes – it is good enough for me…
This stands which collaborating, the honorary Turkish Ambassador to Cameroon, and Chairperson of UBA bank,Prince Ebako Mukete, ‘putting things in context’ says besides the much needed infrastructure for rural development, God comes first…listen to Prince Ebako
Dancing in one style, singing in one voice, the colourful event that brought together Cameroonians in high standing, Bafaw and non-Bafaw, led by his Lordship, Bishop Dibo Elango – Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Cameroon; surrendered their all, their obedience and wait, even their sustainable rural development to Jesus
Listen to the Bafaw Anteme
First aired on Lake Site Radio Kumba. 21/01/2013
I have been living in this illusion that Hollywood is the biggest, strongest, most formidable, outstanding, most prosperous, tactical movie industry and world/country in its own right, but lately have i understood all of these though true is nothing compared to Cameron.
Cameroon I must say is the biggest and most formidable movie industry both geographically and ideologically.
It is the industry with the most complex political plot and maneuvers ever developed, with high social and economic misappropriation all wrapped in speeches and faulty presumptions.
one of the most recent movies or moves on curbing unemployment probably turns out to be a broken ledge, with a rather mark increase in the country’s unemployment rate.
some treacherous ones would rather prefer to call it increased rate of ‘unemployables’. when i graduated from the University, I thought i was so qualified with a second class upper division degree, at least, the University told me so even as it found me ‘worthy in character and learning’. But since then, I have worked with 5 employers in just a year, not that I like to be on the move.
How can you stay still when employers consider you a philanthropist working in a profit making/driven enterprise. Nobody thinks it expedient to even pay your transportation to/back from ‘work’ though its appropriate referring to it as internship or as the employer would…philanthropist gesture…for you lack experience…’, experience which you are thus expected to acquire without working somewhere.
Just so i thought i could make it on my own, by being my on boss, start up my own establishment…but i was short sighted to see that the guys whom i had hitherto worked for are those who control the nation…they are meant to enforce policy/laws for such establishments to take effect. it’s useless telling you they make conditions so difficult because they do not want any competition from any body…they control everything…
Why then should i go to Britain for the Olympics and return back to Cameroon when i could stay there and make a new and better life? “After all, the money we had to be given to prepare for and as compensation for our participation in the games is nothing to write home about.” I understand they would say we have brought shame on our ‘beloved’ Fatherland…really, there isn’t no others death for a dead man.
poor preparations beget poor performance, sure you know this. when we loose sight of that thing which brought the country glory, made her honourable, for which we are known and recognised the world over and in tribalistic hate, blunt political aspirations and utter blindness we deny our Heros the pride of place, in this we sheepishly console ourselves that the future is bright? What then is left of babbling lips…?
In the name of God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen. The University of Buea (UB) crows Amen after hosting for the third time the 15th edition of the All Cameroon University Games. Playing host in 2000, 2006 and now 2012, a 6 year interval, UB has so moved progressively up the ranks, emerging 8th out of 19 Universities this year; best performance ever.
Unlike previous editions, UB started preparations as early as September – first semester, something uncommon to the ‘book-centric’ University. According to the Vice Chancellor, Professor P. K Titangi ‘an early start makes a better ending.’
There is no denial that an early and good start makes a better ending. So did the 2012 all University Games open on May 5that the Games Village with the Minister of Higher Education, Professor Jacques Fame Ndongo in his opening address on: ‘Together Let’s Build the Cameroon of Excellence,’ entreating all to take the game as an avenue to produce veritable sports men and women who are not just interested in wining but who will build and exhibit a spirit of camaraderie towards all opponents. Thus, saying that in a ‘festivity of concord, the best side should win in all disciplines.’
So by the close of May 12th, the best sides emerged victorious. INGS Yaoundé maintaining as overall best with 45 medals (17 gold, 16 silver and 12 bronze) and the University of Yaoundé II coming second with 45 medals still (12 in gold). The 3rd in the classification is Dschang with 31 medals (9 gold) 4th position is occupied by Douala with 28 medals (9 in gold) and 5this the University of the Gulf of Guinea (IUGG).
The host University on its part emerged 8th with 17 medals, 3 in gold, 5 silver and 9 bronze, after a series of duals with its opponents, recording this as the best of its results ever. Unlike at the 2011 University Games in Dschang and other previous editions, the University of Buea failed to pick-up its habitual gold from the table tennis discipline. According to the head couch Emile Monono and players, some very un-understandable errors caused them to lose. They refused to blame the defeat on the distress from the late payments of their allowances…which hither-to is confirmed they had sworn to play for the sport, fun, leisure and building capacity and not the money.
The 2013 All University Games is build for Ngoundere with 19 medals, which sits one place higher than the most recent host – UB, 7th position
It Wasn’t all Sports
How impossible it is for a British man to stop being British. Amidst the fanfare, colour and pump of the games, the ‘noisy pestilence’ many students still found a way to keep in touch with their books; at least to guard against the usual rush after the games. At the Open Commons of the University of Buea were displayed books of all works of life, cutting across the varied fields of higher education. According to a Journalism Major, Nseme Stephen Ndode, ‘it is necessary that even as we relax during this games period, we do so wisely.’ So many students and lecturers did take turns at the shopping centre.
The environment smelled and tasted good both to the eyes and for the mouth. Plenty to eat and drink so much fun to catch and nastily dressed human beings to share the streets with; by day – dignified humans and by night – prostitutes.
2012 Varsity Games was another time for the redeemed of the Lord to reach out for friends and participants with the love of God. Speaking of Christian groups like ACF Buea, Cameroon Youths for Jesus and Gospel of Christ Ministry amongst others. According to Brother Bertrand, the games present a unique opportunity for Christians to reach out to others especially fellow youths with the gospel of Christ Jesus.
One thing that wouldn’t just miss out in occasions like the All University Games is the bringing together of long parted friends… Like a student from the University of Buea, Derick Oponde Modimi – Mukete recounts; ‘Oh my! University games brought good things as well as bad things. Brought a very good friend Mariette Ndofor from Bamenda! and lots more…
Lessons for Buea…
Whose second name is The Town of Legendary Hospitality could not wish for anything better than to be host for the 15th edition of the All Cameroon University Games that coincides with Cameroons celebration of its 50th Anniversary of Reunification. Buea adorned with well over 4000 known visitors, residents non-inclusive could do nothing but watch its streets crowded from dawn-till-dusk, cars and people like bees all determined to move. Traffic in Buea for 7 days running is the type only compared to that on the Douala Bonaberi Bridge on peak days.
This scenario, like the University of Buea annual convocation presents a foretaste of what this small fast growing town would have to bear in the months ahead when the entire Nation would converge in Buea for the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Cameroon’s Reunification.