HRM Ndoumbe Emmanuel of Bonendale Community in Douala-Bonaberi, Cameroon has lauded the initiative of constructing and equipping the Women’s Multi-functional Centre of WOCOTOMADI at Lenale Ndem Palace in Melong, Moungo Division. He has made a call for the action to be amplified at the level of the Monarch as an example ot social-economic projects to be realized to alleviate poverty and promote gender equity amongst Cameroonians.
The visit and working session took place on the 18th August 2019 under the patronage of the Divisional Officer for Melong in the presence of Traditional leaders from the palaces in the Centre, Littoral, West, North West and South West regions,
This multi-functional Centre for the training of women and daughters of Fondoms and traditional communities has a .000 seat capacity hall, a library, cookery room, a secretariat and toilets. The space in front of the centre for out-doors open ceremonies and festivities. Though yet to be completed, the works realized have been estimated at over CFA 20.000.000.
T would be recalled that from the 28th to 30th July 2019, traditional leaders of Cameroon and WOCOYOMADI Cameroon NGO organised activities within the frame work of celebrationgthe first edition of the International Day of Kings and Traditional Leaders of Africa at Douala-Bonendale Kingdom under the chairmanship of the national president, HRM Ndoumbe Emmanuel.
It is during the celebration that mothers and daughters of Cameroon Kingdoms and traditional communities decided to adhere to the socio-cultural and traditional programme of Cameroon, which will permit them to develop skills for autonomy and less dependence on men within traditional communities of Cameroon.
Within the programme of gender empowerment, the mothers and daugthers of traditional communities will has a day each year for organizing educative talks and exhibiting their know-how in various trades as a means of reducing poverty and fighting against unemployment.
The day will be celebrated under a chosen theme each with the support of WOCOTOMADI national and international networks and conferences will be organized and fund raising to support on-going initiative and joint projects like the one visited at Lenale Ndem Palace in Melong. Conferences were organized this year with the support of Queen mothers from traditional palaces in Cameroon. The participants were guided on the strategies of mounting projects and realizing them in their various communities. The projects will aim at projecting the vision of wocotomadi, which is coming together to make a difference within world communities.
The creation and construction of the multi-functional socio-economic and cultural centre at the Lenale Ndem Palace in Melong falls within this vision of WOCOTOMADI for the promotion of gender equity within communities.around the world. HRM Tatabong Fonjinju offered this space as an example that should be copied oall over the world as a founding member of WOCOTOMADI Cameroon.
The ceremony presided over by the Divisional officer of Melong, Moungo Division of Littoral region was attended by women from various traditional kingdoms, traditional communities, kings, queen-mothers and members of WOCOTOMADI Cameroon.
The representative of the national queen mother, Mrs. Célestine KETCHA COURTES, and the divisional delegate for women’s empowerment and the family addressed the participants during the occasion at the Lenale Ndem Palace in Melong.
The Kings, Traditional leaders and queen-mothers present pledged to put the community hall into good use and prove their worth and capacities in the development of their various communities.
At the end of the ceremony, queen-mothers, princesses, mothers and daughters present held a working session with the divisioanl delegate to prepare an action to animate the space donated to them at Lenale Ndem Palace. The participants visited the zones created for hair dressing, seam stressing, computer ITC training organisation of educative group talks and the secretariat and library for documentation their activities.
In the address by HRM Fonjinju Tatabong, he thanked all for accepting to his invitation to attend the official visit of the multi-purpose women’s empowerment centre constructed in his palace. He said, women in general and queen mothers in particular play a very important role in the functioning and development of palaces and traditional communities in Cameroon. This explains why he was motivated to initiate the project to empower them for better out-comes within the frame work of the policy of the World Coming Together To Make a Diffirence (WOCOTOMADI).
This is an honour and humbling opportunity for me to ddress you on the occasion of our national meeting in Bonendale-Douala. . I thank you all so very much for giving me this wonderful opportunity.
He added that when leaders meet, it is opportunity for them to take stock of their successes and plan for the way forward to enhance peace and unity in the different communities by living together in Cameroon and the world as a whole. In his words, we should be able to Spotlight new inititiayves through exhibitions and arts programs within our communities and celebrate with a roof garden cocktail.
Many participants at the occasion saw Lenale Ndem Palace which started in a Forest with many Trees as a miracle of development. He noted that UNESCO Cameroon officials have visited the palace in the past and caught up with artists and university professors of Arts and culture. He invited all to celebrate WOCOTOMADI with Arts and culture connecting with our Communities, putting men and women together for self-development, peace and unity. This is because each community is named after specific works and activities relating to the Hidden Forests or characters in Cameroon.
I plead that 100% of funds raised by WOCOTOMADI during meeting sessions should be directed towards our national Arts and Cultural heritage. : It is during arts and cultural festivals that the vast majority of exhibitions and events bring women and men together, freely and open gates to the entire public to join for development without boundaries.
Cameroon’s more than 250 ethnic communities with different languages harbor more than Over 5000 Artists and Fine Arts for everyone lodged in Lenale Ndem UNESCO Museum in Melong. By meeting regularly, WOCOTOMADI members agree to help support the development of each other, art and culture which remains the base of all identities.
We shall remain ever inspired by our late great grandmothers’ grinding stones for grinding maize, groundnuts and other grains, he emphasized. Inspired by the late great grandmothers’ grinding stones for grinding maize, ground nuts, corn and other grains, he forged all members of WOCOTOMADI to preserve the heritage left behind in royal kingdoms all over the world.
HRM Fonjinju strongly believes that ARTS & CULTURE engagement Programs will remain a cross collaborative activity of a variety of organizations within different communities, all dedicated to building a better community through know-how that protects and is also used for solving problems and empowering women in societyies around the world.
With these simple words, He wished all persons present at the event a delightful and rich meeting session in lenale Ndem Melong.
The Chairman of the African Union Commission, H.E. Moussa Faki Mahamat, on Saturday, July 27, welcomed the announced mediation between the Southern Cameroons (Ambazonia) and la Republique du Cameroun. According to international public opinion leaders and observers, this stand by the African Union reflects decisions taken at the Foumban Conference in 1961 that put Southern Cameroons (West Cameroon) and La Republique du Cameroun (East Cameroon) under the banner of a Federated state (Federal Republic of Cameroon). It is in Foumban that the motto of the Federal Republic of Cameroon was chosen as "Peace, Work, Fatherland"" and the two stars put on the national flag to represent the two states ( East Cameroon and West Cameroon). No explanation has been given why one of the stars was removed from the national flag. It is the flag adopted in Foumban that is recognised by the United Nations Organisation, UNO.
Many calls have been made for the government of la "Republique" to return to the federal constitution that gave equal opportunities for English and French speaking communities of Cameroon. H.E. Kofi Annan, Secretary General of the United Nations Organisation ( May His Soul Rest in Perfect Peace), visited Cameroon and Nigeria before his retirement to caution on the Cameroon and Nigeria governements to respect the boundaries established during the re-independence era. France gave independence to East Cameroon that became "La Republique du Cameroun, but the Bristih government did not gave independence to Southern Cameroon (West Cameroon, now known as Ambazonia Republic seeking for their liberation.
The Southern Cameroons became West Cameroon in the constituted Federal Republic of Cameroon in Foumban and was assimilated by la Republique du Cameroun because the federal constitution adopted in plenary session was not translated into English Language for Dr. John Nug Fonche to endorse. President Ahmadou Ahidjo promised to convene another session in Yaounde for the adoption of the English version of the Federal constituiton and it never held until he passed intoi transition.The last article in the federal constitution adopted in Foumban said, no chanhes could be made without the two parties holding a session togther to make any changes. Another article stipulated that if the Preisent of the republic came from one state, the vice president had to be elected from the other. This explains why Dr. John Ngu Foncha became the first Vice Preisednt of the Federal Republic of Cameroon. Since he past into transition, there has never been a vice president in Cameroon. That is where the problem lies in the cureent conflict mediated by Swiss. Swiss invites all parties in the conflict in (North West and South West regions of Cameroon to engage in dialogue with the wish to reach a peaceful and political solution which puts the national interest of the country first, above all other considerations.With this, we can explain the importance of the the visit of the chairperson of the African union to Cameroon recently.We should not invent the tyre of the Federal Republic of Cameroon.
James Achanyi-Fontem, is a Senior Health Journalist and Communication Consultant. He worked as a health journalist and broadcaster for 30 years with Radio Cameroon and later Cameroon Radio Television, CRTV before retiring in 2005 to engage fully with Cameroon Link (Human Assistance Programme). Cameroon Link is a registered charity, not-for-profit organisation involved in the promotion of community health, humanitarian assistance, promotion of women and child rights through involvement of communities in Cameroon for mother and child health care. Cameroon Link is a partner to Commonwealth of Learning (COL), Farm Radio International (FRI), International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN Africa), World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA). As the intermediary of Commonwealth of Learning (COL), Cameroon Link is engaged to implement a Cameroon Rural Radio story design Programming through an investigative research, which aims to discover through interviewing beneficiaries of health programmes on their interests, documenting and disseminating new ideas about how radio stations produce and air Healthy Communities Radio Programs in Cameroon.