Through Diversity: Over 600 Cameroonians showcase their Culture.
By Sam Mwaura
All was in place on 2nd July 2011 at St Francis Armenian Cultural
Center in Watertown, Ma
Over 600 people well dressed in African attire and regalia thronged and converged
for the 2011 National Cameroonian Cultural Festival to reassert their commitment
to their national heritage, unity and integration.
Cameroon population is made of over 250 tribes and ethnic groups.
Each with its distinctive dress styles, music, song, food, drinks,
language and beliefs. Christianity is made of about 40% Cameroonians,
20% Muslims and about 40% Practice indigenous religion or ancestral
worship, which includes traditional rituals like prayers and libations
to their ancestors. Pouring of palm oil and water on the ground to
appease their ancestors.
Other African Nations were represented the Congo, Nigeria,
Ghana, Seirra leon Gabon,Togo, Liberia among other groups.
Unity in diversity was displayed, as different tribes, groups, nations and
people from different religions showcased their food, song, dance and clothing’s.
They all ate together and danced together, like one big family.
Celebration was in the air as different groups and tribes gathered, accompanied
by song and dance to celebrate their African Heritage.Various tribes and groups
displayed their colorful traditional regalia and artifacts, such as flags,
horns, whisks and drums.
The event, massively attended, was their grand Cameroonian
cultural festival event of the year.
There was plenty of food to eat such as rice/fufu served with some form of
sauce with fish or meat. Spicy fish with fried plantains and lots of different
traditional drinks. As we all know music is the lifeblood of the Cameroonians;
their was lots of music and dance for extended periods of time.
It was a rich cultural display of how unity can be achieved through diversity;
especially at a time when many African Nations are plagued with violence and
tribalism. Its our sincere hope that African Nations can emulate the Cameroonian
Cultural festival philosophy of bringing unity through diversity.
The Finance Minister declared a generous amnesty to the Kenyan
Diaspora for any year of income ending on or before 31 December 2010.
The amnesty covers taxes due, penalties and interest on condition that
the income for the year 2010 is declared and returns and accounts for
the same period are filed no later than 30 June 2011. The amnesty means
well, and the minister hopes it will translate into higher remittances
from the diaspora. Read