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World Theatre Day 2016

World Theatre Day 2016

This years celebrations organized by the South West Regional Delegation of Arts and Culture Buea held for the first time ever at CURELF, former Alliance Franco Cameroonais. It brought together artists from around the nation – Cameroon.

The Regional Delegate, Mrs. Ngoh Grace Ewang started by welcoming participants at the event. She in very strong words expressed great satisfaction that artist could come together in short notice to express the beauty in art. The delegate, ending, wished that the fire does not fade-off, so generations yet to come can benefit from what the #Musingas’ (#MusingaDramaGroup Int.) besides others had laboured to establish.

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South West Regional Delegate of Arts and Culture

Speaking for the #University of Buea (UB), Mr. Tiku, Head of Department for Theater Arts in UB also commended the selflessness demonstrated by the artists and hoped for more better days.

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Mr. Tambe Tiku, HOD Theater UB

MC Mulango Entertainment,Kumba

 

UB Theater Troop

 

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Posted by on April 8, 2016 in CULTURE, EDUCATION, SOCIETY, THE ARTS

 

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Combating Illegal Migration

Combating Illegal Migration

A National campaign on prevention, against irregular migration and documentary frauds in Cameroon held April 1st 2016 in Kumba, chief town, Meme Division.

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This sensitization effort organised by Solutions Aux Migrations Clandestines (‪#‎SMIC‬),in collaboration with the Belgian Alliance Office (Ministry of Home Affairs) seeks to educate and re-educate Cameroonians on the exceeding benefits in the use of authentic documents; ‘le faux kaolo va te rattraper or correct docs, better life.’

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Speaking at the event, Jean Francois, liaison from the immigration office of the Belgian Ministry of the interior decried the lack of focus as a key cause of illegal migration. According to him, a prospective migrant with a well defined ‘project’ will be a win-win for all parties; home country, migrant and migrant country.

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On his part, the moderator, Ngalim Eugene, President of Cameroon Youths and Students Forum for Peace (CAMYOSFOP) emphasized on the need to ‘do it right, for it is 100 times more beneficial.’ He continued to add that ‘illegal documents are bad for they stamp a bad reputation not just on the perpetrator but worst on the country.

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Standing fast on the irreplaceable role of Civil Society (CS) in such a momentous fight, Jaba Wose CEO and Founder of Farming and Animal Husbandry Project (FAHP) Cameroon, called on CSO to gird their loins and advocate against illegal migration in Cameroon, which as one participant highlighted is partly and indirectly influenced by faulty government structures and officials at fault.

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‘Whether through legal routes with illegal documents or through illegal routes with illegal documents, the ingredient of cause is fundamental in combating illegal migration in Cameroon’ – Martin Elonge, CEO/Founder at BRIK Cameroon. Going further, this participant explained that if the communication aspect of migration – an almost forgotten factor, is reconsidered and given more attention, then in many ways, much difference could be made.

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Capping discussions at the seminar, Yves Challa of SMIC remains positive that with more educative and dedicated engagements like this, there is bound to be a turn- around from the wrong mindset on migration. The organizer encouraged all present to learn from the resourceful contribution of Mr. Fonkem, a participant who shared his invaluable experience on illegal migration.

What goes wrong with fake documents: when caught, like you would! You are repatriated, jailed, banned for 10 years from travelling to a particular country and other member states e.g EU, Schengen countries… etc
‪#‎CenterforEconomicDevelopment‬, ‪#‎CameroonNationalYouthCouncil‬, ‪#‎BafawYouthAssociation‬ @Brikcm

 
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Posted by on April 8, 2016 in EDUCATION, SOCIETY

 

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Musinga Drama Group International [Drama/Film] Festival


The Musinga Drama Group International (MDGI) in what many have described as a mighty stay-on come back, recently hosted a two day Drama and Film Festival. Holding in the prestigious tourist destination- Mountain Hotel Buea, Cameroons pioneer theatre troupe kept the audience in tight suspense and dramatic flair as they watched the 90mins “The Challenge of Fende” play.

The Challenge of Fende (Synopsis)

Fende, affianced to Dr. Mapito, successfully convinces her parents not to collect bride price on her. Viewing this as some kind-of double dealing by Fend’s family members as well as a challenge to the custom of paying bride-price in Kokobuma village, the greedy relatives of Fende grant her wish but secretly vow to bring sorrow in her matrimonial home.

Nevertheless, the survival of a male child to the Mapitos after a long drawn battle between tradition and modernity, shows how tradition can give way to modernity through careful and respectful intervention of all those involved.

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The high point of this Festival came in the group’s announcement and acted-upon intentions to not only do traditional stage play, but also incorporate film – Musinga Explosive Pictures.

Worthy of the new era, meeting up timely with the new shifts in entertainment, the Musinga Drama Group International in Musinga Explosive Pictures thrilled the audience with breathe taking excepts of their first complete film – The Incorruptible Climate Change.

The Incorruptible Climate Change (Insight)

Komboh and Mbomo, twin villages bordering the sea, all the years flourish in the fish business as well as cash and food crops. Then suddenly discover the fishes in the sea disappear at an alarming rate. The crops also dry up under an unexplained scorching heat of the sun.

Joint traditional rites are performed by the twin villages to arrest the situation; instead it grows worse. Hunger invades the villages and gradually extends to the city.

Meanwhile, a business magnate in installing trawlers in the sea, scoops the sea of fishes of all sizes. His immoral action coincides with this unexplained phenomenon and which motivates the youths to hold a demonstration march to the Administrative Authorities.

Investigation reveals an act of God which cannot be diverted or controlled by neither man nor ancestors, and cannot be corrupted.

The Authorities, however, suggest ways to keep up with this situation. For the business magnate, he takes refuge abroad.

 

The two day Festival (4th and 5th , June 2014) also presented an opportunity for the audience and fans of MDGI to celebrate the Eko Prize for Literature 2012, awarded to the founder-producer-director of the group: Victor Elame Musinga, by Eko Foundation: An Educational Foundation incorporated in the State of IOWA City-USA and Anglopone Cameroon Writers Association.

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The Musinga Drama Group International- MDGI also known as Musinga Explosive Pictures; undoubtedly a renowned Drama Group has been existing for close to fifty (50) years; since 1965, with focus on Cameroon and African play setting. It is also presently into TV Film production.

This pioneer English-speaking Drama Group develops themes focused on Cameroon socio-cultural and political life as a way of educating and entertaining. Seven (7) times Cameroon’s National champion in Drama; it also has an international reputation, having performed severally in International cultural events such as (FESTAC 77) in Lagos-Nigeria, 4th National Black Festival in Atlanta-USA, 1994.

The Founder-Producer-Director of the group has been recognized for his outstanding contributions to the growth of drama in Cameroon, nay Africa, and has also received two (2) international Awards (2008 and 2012) from USA.

 
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Posted by on June 26, 2014 in THE ARTS

 

ROYALTY Breakfast: Taking business another ‘plus’ step


On March 29th 2014, a group of young Cameroonians gathered for the premier of the Royalty Business Breakfast in Buea. This event with the soul aim of reenacting a new vibe in business, especially with young visionaries brought together some major players in respect.

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Wango Boris speaking at the breakfast

Wango Boris speaking at the breakfast

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Breakfast had in attendance and active participation one of Cameroon’s foremost artist (painter), Max Lyonga, who did not hesitate sharing his experience with all those present. ‘To him, it is passion first before business’.

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Also present as speaker at the event was Tem Martin, writer and journalist.

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Holding in one of Buea’s prestigious restaurants’, Rhema Restaurant in Molyko, the business breakfast charted a new way for business in Cameroon.

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Posted by on May 9, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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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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