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THE ELEPHANT LAKE


Lake Kumba (Lake of the Elephants) or Lake Barombi Mbo are all appellations to undoubtedly one of Cameroons most fascinating, eye-catching and luring tourists’ destinations, found in Meme Division, South West region of the country. The name ‘Lake of the Elephants’ dates far back to the period of German colonisation of the country in 1884. Upon discovery of the lake, it was home to elephants which have now been extinct because of uncontrolled ivory trade.

Lake Barombi Mbo as is fondly called is an active strato-volcano- tectonic host (a crater lake) which is part of the ‘Cameroonian line’ (Ligne du Cameroon).  This  line runs N30°E from the Gulf of Guinea to Lake Chad and even as far as the Tibesti region which is part of a mobile hinge zone between West and Central Africa passing through the Atlantic Ocean to Lake Chad on close to 1200 kilometers, across the Gulf of Guinea and the Republic of Cameroon.

Egg-shaped, this water mass comparing to no other lake in the country covers a diameter of over 2500m (a 50 km by 35 base measures) that is, some 453 hectares and has an average depth of 111m. Many attempts at getting to the bottom of this lake have proven futile; reason why the actual depth has never being known.  To the base of the lake is found the Mt. Roumpi basalt and the trachyte at the summit.

The over 200 friendly Barombi Mbo natives use the Lake for varied cultural activities; the canoe race for example.  There exist strong beliefs in the existence of a “Mammy water” goddess in the lake that gives protection and directs activities around the area. Some natives claim the calm of the lake is good for the water goddess. Reason why according to some non- Barombi natives, Barombi indigents have voted negative to the use of speed boats in the water. Some years back, the Kumba City Council had started plans to see how feasible it is that these speed boats and water Suzuki’s are used for to facilitate transportation across the river and for leaisure though with a crashed-end.

Besides its cultural significance, the lake provides food for the predominantly fishing community. Lake Barombi is home to over 18 endemic species of plant and animal life found nowhere in the world. According to previous research on its rare aquatic life, four endemic fish species still survive in the lake: the Konia, with 2 of its kind (Myaka and Pungu) and the Stomatepia, red listed as critically endangered.

The Myaka Myaka, locally referred to as ‘Barombi fish’ is said to contain oil rich in nutrients and medicinal flowing especially from its head.  The Cichlids (locally named Konia dikume) has high haemoglobin concentrations making it good for people suffering from haemorrhage. The rich volcanic soil that covers the cultivable landscape favours the growth of plantains, cassava, etc, that present a mouth watering delicacy with fish.

For ages past, decades lived and centuries to come, the Lake will continue to serve fresh, clean drinking water to the people of Kumba and some neighbouring villages.

The great tourist potentials of Lake Barombi Mbo not only loll in the massive water body, large rocks and impressive caves, but more in forgotten German edifices. During German occupation of Cameroon in the 1880’s; they constructed what is now known as the ‘29 steps’ from the elevated rocks, some meters from the Government Residential Area (GRA)  residence of the Senior Divisional Officer for Meme. The stairs give quick access to the Lake and the hills serve a superb panoramic view of Kumba.

The high standing rocks adorned with weathered engravings of what is believed to be the World map drawn by the Germans, is another beauty to behold that greets all, before one can steal a view of the tepid waters.

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Posted by on February 23, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

GUINNESS MOUNT CAMEROON RACE OF HOPE – WELCOME BACK!


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Posted by on February 23, 2014 in Uncategorized

 
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STORIES UNTOLD

Stories Untold is a poem from a heart that celebrates the place of mans genuine involvement in the well being of neighbours and self. It expresses thoughts of love, truth, fortitude, purpose and choice, both in humans and nature alike.

This poem is important to me because it voices out the mute words, desires and ‘ought-to-be’ that human’s find themselves in great contention every day.

 
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Posted by on November 4, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Posted by on September 6, 2013 in EDUCATION

 

THE DILIGENT AFRICAN WOMAN


“You should have been there. Come! See the ladies do their magic on the runway. The cat-walk, oh! What gait? What pose on the red-carpet?”

On April 28th 2012, Cameroon crowned the first ever Miss Diligent Africa in a fierce contest where each step counts and each step tells a story of the vigour in a diligent African woman.

Miss Eweli Helen was named winner of this maiden edition of Miss Diligent Africa, being the leader of 12 potential diligent women who all clamoured for 1st position…..Miss Diligent Africa 2012

Stoic, industrious, loving and God fearing is the Diligent African Woman.”

Miss Diligen Africa Pageant Cameroon like many other African initiatives – has come to join in making more audible – the African Woman’s Voice. This now annual contest of beauty and virtues African qualities presents ladies with the unique opportubnity at the national and international scenes to make positive and sustainable change.

Reasons why the fall outs of the competition go beyond a days event. It goes beyond some catch – cash price, a crown and a trophy. In her one year tenue, the Diligen woman undertakes projects that benefit society in all facets as need be.

With a special concern for the underprivileged and those in ardent need, Miss Eweli Helen in her fast fading office made visits to the Mount Mary Hospital and the Hotpec orphanage all in Buea. Besides these and some other activities and involvements that characterize such an office, the epic of her moment-of-contribution is evident in the organization of the Diligent African Women’s Forum. The forum brought to the talking table, ladies of high standing and a counterpart – much younger generation – who aspire for a worthy tomorrow.

With discussions on the theme: Diligence at the forefront of Development, and through interactive panels, young girls/participants from mainly the university community of Buea had the opportubity to share in who a diligent woman is, her influence as role model, challenges girls face growing up/living in cosmopolitan areas and, women and the media (especially the internet). …Pics

According to the CEO of Inspire me brand, Miss Manka Mercy Shu, the 2013 edition of the Miss competition would be moving in theme from millennium development goas to millennium sustainable development goals, and in geographical coverage from just Cameroon to encompass other African counties: Nigeria, Ghana, Tanzania and Equitorial Guinea at both national and international levels.

Running under the theme: African Women at the forefront of sustainability: water, food, energy nexus, the African Woman is taking central stage in the development of her community.

- Her smiles so luring, breathing hope to her family, children and husband. She is the voice of tomorrow.-

 

 
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Posted by on September 4, 2013 in CULTURE, SOCIETY

 

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Posted by on June 25, 2013 in SOCIETY

 

If it all ended Today


Everything shall pass away, but my word shall live on till the end of the world…these are the words of the worlds’ ever best poet and forecaster, Jesus the Christ.

Many the World over have in recent months waited for this day the 21st May 2011. Some waiting in fear, despair and in doubt…if truly the world ends will I make heaven?

Others who have been watching and waiting as the Lord Jesus commanded in joy, hope and anticipation of what heaven would be like; too much to eat and drink, sing and dance living in a world void of tsunamis, suicide bombings in a government where the governed govern, in a country where no president lives on and creates a monarchy for themselves.

As pastor Selah, singer and song writer say ‘if we never meet again this side of heaven, sure we’ll meet on that beautiful shore…’

Sure we will meet on that beautiful shore in heaven where as one man we march past the king of all kings, Lord of all Lords seated on the golden throne.

We shall march past there as citizens of Zion and not English speaking or French speaking Cameroonians.

There we shall not be celebrating the reunification of divided hearts…Whether or not your hearts are divided on the second coming of Jesus Christ…one thing is certain…that He shall come as a thief at night…unannounced and unseen.

Even as today May 21st, 2011, the day purported to be the end of a life in the flesh unfolds, all fingers remain crossed, every eye watching…if you turn and do not see your loved ones, no shouts, no hard feelings for surely, ‘if we never meet again this side of heaven, we will meet on that beautiful shore…and there I will bring to you Chariot FMs News Magazine…the Editorial (2011).

 
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Posted by on June 21, 2013 in Uncategorized

 
 
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