National Unity. Cameroonians Showcase Living-together Features

As the build-up to the 46th National Day celebrations on May 20 continues, Cameroonians from the ten regions of the country are converging on the courtyard of the National Museum, transformed into a Unity and National Integration Village for what has been termed “Living together Days. The Minister of Youth Affairs and Civic Education, Mounouna Foutsou officially opens the village this Tuesday May 15.

Cameroonians of all walks of life are gearing up to celebrate the 46 edition of the National Day on May 20. The enthusiasm is high within various circles to participate in activities leading to the D-day. Thus, the teaming population at the precinct of the Yaounde National Museum where Cameroonians are exhibiting features that promotes Cameroon’s living together despite the diversity.

Inspired by this year’s theme of the National Day, “Cameroonian citizens, let us remain united in diversity and preserve social peace, for stable, indivisible and prosperous Cameroon,” the Ministry of Youth and Civic Education is organising what has been termed “Living-together Days at the 2nd edition of the Unity and National Integration Village at the esplanade of the National Museum in Yaounde.  This year’s edition is being celebrated within a particular context where some terrorists, demanding for the secession of the North West and South West Regions have been perpetrating violence in that part of the country. Thus, the significance of the Living-together Days according to Youth and Civic Education Minister, is to enable youths master the road covered so far in Cameroon’s unity and national integration so as to jealously preserve their living-together.

The exhibition that will culminate to a prize award evening on Friday 18 May will also feature conferences and round-tables focused on the foundations and very essence of living together. Participants will live the realities of Cameroon’s living together and national integration through traditional dishes, dresses and other works that promotes and showcases our living together. Groups from the different cultural zones of the country; Sudano-Sahelian, Sawa, Fang-beti and Grassfield are displaying various objects showing Cameroon’s cultural prowess and diversity.

Minister Mounouna Foutsou, who is the President of the Civilian activities for the 20th May 2018 underlined in an interview with the State broadcaster, CRTV Radio, the role of living-together in the political, economic and socio-cultural life of the nation stressing that the theme chosen by President Paul Biya seeks to stress the values of our unity, national integration and living together. The living-together days, Mounouna stated, is a major innovation this year given the present context of the country’s socio-political life. The event organised in prelude to the National Unity Day which will be celebrated across the country on May 20 through civilian and military match-pasts and other cultural manifestations demonstrates Cameroon’s indivisibility and unity in diversity.

Shawn-Nathan Epang

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