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Cultural & Religious Milestones In 2013 

By Walter Wilson Nana — The year 2013 marked many noteworthy milestones. In the world of books German publishing house in Saarbrucken, LAP LAMBERT, published Austin Ngenge’s Museum Practice in Cameroon: Options for a Sector in Transition. This is a 56-page book proves the existence of a knowledge-awareness gap that seriously affects Museum Practice in Cameroon.

LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing also published Gnetum Africanum In Poverty Alleviation And People’s Livelihood (Putting Eru On Dining Tables Worldwide) Jude Emmanuel Kebuma Tita. This 89-page book desires to trigger a critical discussion on how to mainstream eru cultivation and development which would ultimately contribute towards bailing out the masses from poverty.

Meantime, foreign publishers of books to be used in Cameroonian schools were told to work closely with local partners. This was one of the outcomes of the national forum on textbooks that held in Yaounde. Meanwhile, in the Northwest Region, Fon Martin Forbuzie II of Chomba celebrated 50 years on the throne. He now bears the title of a King. Another custodian of culture in the Northwest, Fon Sehm Mbinglo of Banso, Bui Division celebrated 20 years on the throne.

However, before the Nso people began celebrating with their Fon, some artefacts missing for over 30 years from their palace and from that of Oku were brought back. William Holland from Atlanta, Georgia, USA, was the brain behind the search. He was rewarded with a Nso title of Shufai Bailack. 

In the Southwest Region, the Paramount Chief of Buea, Samuel Moka Lifafa Endeley, clocked 90 years. In Buea January 26, 2013, Emmy Award winner, Tracye Campbell, used dance to praise God. The African – American born missionary, Campbell said it was possible to interpret the word of God through dance christened; Shake The Nations.

In modelling, Sandrine Befolo, a final year student in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Buea, was crowned Miss Fako 2013. The Ministry of Arts and Culture opened a tumultuous 2013 with the installation of the members of the Permanent Commission charged with the collective management of the authors’ rights and other related laws. The Permanent Commission is head by Jean Calvin Abah Oyono and six others.

Things turned sour for Oyono when on December 17, 2013, he was suspended as the head of the electoral commission that supervised the election of Ndedi Eyango as the Board Chair of the Cameroon Musical Copyright Company, SOCAM. According to the Minister of Arts and Culture, Ama Tutu Muna, Oyono is on a three-month suspension for non-respect of ethics and deontology in the discharge of his administrative duties.

Before Ndedi Eyango had time to settle down as SOCAM Board Chair after his November 2, 2013 election, a row erupted on his eligibility, following allegations of his dual nationality.
His detractors petitioned the Culture Ministry claiming that the artiste has an American nationality, which is contrary to the statute of SOCAM and particularly article 4 of the Electoral Code bordering on Cameroonian nationality required of candidates.

On the sidelines, there were grand musical concerts in 2013 with top flight artistes like Richard Bona performing in Douala and Yaounde for the eradication of cancer in Cameroon. Nigerian sensations like Flavour was in Buea to do Ada…ada… with his fans, while his fellow countrywoman, Chidinma of the Kedike fame, lighted the I–Fest concert in Douala. Cameroonian-born international musical icon, Manu Dibango (Emmanuel Njocke Dibango) clocked 80 looking hale and hearty.

In the religious domain, the Diocese of Kumbo celebrated 100 years of Catholic faith as the administration intensified its crackdown on unauthorised churches across the country.
Cameroonians also joined the rest of the world to witness Pope Benedict XVI resign from the Vatican on February 28, 2013. They also observed the election of Pope Francis on March 13, 2013. And then on July 10, 2013, Pope Francis designated Rev. Fr Andrew Fuanya Nkea, Coadjutor Bishop for the Diocese of Mamfe, Manyu Division, Southwest Region.

First published in The Post print edition no 01497

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