Saturday, November 27, 2021

FEHACU 2021: Maiden Edition Tagged Gender Responsive

Women and Girls Involved in FEHACU Maiden Edition

The outcome at the launch of the Maiden Festival of Heritage, Arts and Cultures in Bamenda III subdivision, Northwest region reflected an understanding of gender roles, involving the full participation of women in every activity.

Gender-based differences and issues were considered in designing a plan of action ahead of the Festival and at the launch of the festival. Observing the activities that unfolded, one will say gender equality was promoted in it's implementation.


Women were not just the majority of those who answered present at the festival ground or posed as onlookers, most of them took part massively in a cross section of traditional dances and in the exhibition excercise.

Different Traditional Dance Display

Speaking to a Fongwa Melissa taking part in the cultural festival, hails from Bamessing. She expressed satisfaction over the Festival's maiden edition, hoping that culture, tradition can be revived in other villages through joined efforts from Elite.

"I don't remember the last time I attended a festival in Bamenda or in the Northwest region at large. This crisis has really disturbed alot of activities that will bring a people together during end of year festivities. Am so happy that the Bamenda III Council has given us the opportunity to have a feeling of what we use to miss. I am so glad to learn that the council has made it an annual activity, gradually we hope everything will fall in place". Speaking to Civiclens.

Traditional dances displayed in different forms and style, revealing the beauty in culture, as women appeared in different attires that served as a symbol in the land of Nkwen, that carried meaning. Some of them had beats tied arround their waist and legs producing sounds that tied to the sounds that came from the drums, appealing to the minds of lovers of culture present.

Women Involved in Secret Society "The Nkah"

Women were part of core displays; belonging to a secret society group, called the Nkah meant for notables, a group that is said to reveal itself or display on rare occasions. Women are refered to as pacifiers and it is on this basis that gender was mainstreamed at all stages of the event as a tool to achieve gender equality.

Women/Girls at the Stands

Women, girls took part in the exhibition; empowering themselves as they presented their produce to visitors at the festival in order to raise income and others took turns at the beauty pageant, revealed projects that could contribute in developing Bamenda III subdivision, if given the tittle Miss FEHACU.



Present at the Festival of Heritage Arts and Cultures, was a partial representation of Men and Women, Youths, Children from all six clans that make up Nkwen; with a total of 62 quaters and six subchiefs, with a total population of about 189,000 inhabitants.




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Friday, November 26, 2021

At FEHACU Maiden Edition: Mayor, Fon Demand Reclassification of Nkwen Fondom


Finesse in Nkwen Culture

"Considering our rich cultural heritage with an increasing population in the Municipality that has spurred an increase in the socio economic activities, we humbly plead for the reclassification of the Nkwen Fondom fr Second Class Fondom to a First Class Fondom". Mayor Fonguh Cletus, Bamenda III Council.


These were words of the Bamenda III Council Mayor, addressing the overflowing crowd at the first edition of the Festival for Heritage, Arts and Cultures as he revealed, "our progress is impeded by the challenges of migration both conflict and climate based, resulting in over thousands of internally displaced persons mostly women and children, from rural areas".

According to him this aspect should be taken into consideration when valorizing culture. Through the Cultural Festival in Nkwen, Bamenda the finesse in culture was higlighted and Nkwen being a buffer zone in the ongoing conflict, it will be a host community for many migrants seeking for safety.


The Fon of Nkwen believes that FEHACU gives the opportunity for many sons and daughters to revisit their roots that had been abuses at many levels. Located at the heart of the city Bamenda, with neighboring villages like Nja, Bambili, Bambii Mankon, Bafut and Mendankwe. The Fon said the location is strategic, Nkwen being the fastest growing village.

"Nkwen is an educational hub, its natural scenery for tourist attraction; the old palace, waterfalls and other features that make it unique", appreciating the Nkwen Cultural and Development Association for championing development initiatives in the village though these activities were hampered by other number of challenges.

"Being a rapid growing cosmopolitan city, our population lacks access to portable drinking water as water born diseases are increasingly becoming common. Bad roads, a major obstacle to economic activity in our municipality, supply of electricity is only periodic and the community has it's fair share of abandoned projects", Fon of Nkwen, Fon Azehfor III.

The Fon believes that if these projects are revamped, which will also serves as a source of employment for young people, providing much needed income to households, constructing an Ultra Modern Meseum to preserve precious artifacts for tourist attraction, will be befitting for the Fondom to have a First Class Status.

"Hopefully the realization of these projects will be accompanied by the reclassification of the Nkwen Fondom, a status befitting of its position and strategic importance to the Bamenda III Municipality.

NW Administration

Northwest Governor Adolphe Lele Lafrique present at the Festival explanade, saluted the initiative of the Bamenda III Council Mayor with efforts from the Fon for mobilizing the crowd that gathered to celebrate culture in its diversity, while reiterating that he has listened to their request and will do all within his power to report for a respond.

Carnival Pictures

Fon Azehfor III took the lead in the Carnival, leading the people at the launch of FEHACU 2021. An excercise considered to be a source of strength, a panadol to the local population facing difficulties in an armed conflict region, suffering from frustration, fear and threats.

Sons and Daughters have welcomed the idea of FEHACU being an annual cultural event, as it will be an opportunity to bring natives of the land together for a common good, showcasing and promoting talents in diverse ways.



By Ndefru Melanie
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FEHACU 2021: Maiden Edition Tagged Gender Reponsive


Women and Girls Involved in FEHACU Maiden Edition

The outcome at the launch of the Maiden Festival of Heritage, Arts and Cultures in Bamenda III subdivision, Northwest region reflected an understanding of gender roles, involving the full participation of women in every activity.

Gender-based differences and issues were considered in designing a plan of action ahead of the Festival and at the launch of the festival. Observing the activities that unfolded, one will say gender equality was promoted in it's implementation.


Women were not just the majority of those who answered present at the festival ground or posed as onlookers, most of them took part massively in a cross section of traditional dances and in the exhibition excercise.

Different Traditional Dance Display

Speaking to a Fongwa Melissa taking part in the cultural festival, hails from Bamessing. She expressed satisfaction over the Festival's maiden edition, hoping that culture, tradition can be revived in other villages through joined efforts from Elite.

"I don't remember the last time I attended a festival in Bamenda or in the Northwest region at large. This crisis has really disturbed alot of activities that will bring a people together during end of year festivities. Am so happy that the Bamenda III Council has given us the opportunity to have a feeling of what we use to miss. I am so glad to learn that the council has made it an annual activity, gradually we hope everything will fall in place". Speaking to Civiclens.

Traditional dances displayed in different forms and style, revealing the beauty in culture, as women appeared in different attires that served as a symbol in the land of Nkwen, that carried meaning. Some of them had beats tied arround their waist and legs producing sounds that tied to the sounds that came from the drums, appealing to the minds of lovers of culture present.

Women Involved in Secret Society "The Nkah"

Women were part of core displays; belonging to a secret society group, called the Nkah meant for notables, a group that is said to reveal itself or display on rare occasions. Women are refered to as pacifiers and it is on this basis that gender was mainstreamed at all stages of the event as a tool to achieve gender equality.

Women/Girls at the Stands

Women, girls took part in the exhibition; empowering themselves as they presented their produce to visitors at the festival in order to raise income and others took turns at the beauty pageant, revealed projects that could contribute in developing Bamenda III subdivision, if given the tittle Miss FEHACU.



Present at the Festival of Heritage Arts and Cultures, was a partial representation of Men and Women, Youths, Children from all six clans that make up Nkwen; with a total of 62 quaters and six subchiefs, with a total population of about 189,000 inhabitants.


By Ndefru Melanie
678415536
ndefrumelany@gmail.com
    

FEHACU 2021: Inclusion at Every Level


Partial View of Explanade, Nkwen Fon's Palace

Anyone who visited the Festival of Heritage, Arts and Cultures (FEHACU) in Nkwen, Bamenda Northwest region on November 27th 2021, will not need to be told that the Bamenda III Council took into consideration Persons Living with Disabilities by making the event easily accessible.

"At a time when the world is ensuring inclusion at all levels, Bamenda III Council is not left out. We support inclusion and equity, our youths represent a key part of this, now and in the future. Reason why all our youths must be given safe learning environments, material, food, water, healthcare and above all a cultural experience such as this" Mayor Fonguh Cletus, Bamenda III Council.

(Credit: DrayInfo)

The Sign Language Interpreter conveys message to PWDs

A sign language interpreter for the cultural event was made available by the CBC Health services, to help Bamenda III Council achieve this goal at every segment of the event, having everyone on board with no one left behind.

PWDs Entertain Crowd



Showcasing Talents 
(credit: DrayInfo)

Persons Living with Disabilities had the opportunity to make their voices heard through music, in exhibition and in the beauty pageant exercise. They proved to visitors and all present at the Festival of Heritage, Arts and Cultures that disability is not inability.

Fonju Constance was amazed after being accredited to be one of the exhibitors for the maiden edition of FEHACU. She is confident at what she does despite the challenges she faces in satisfying her customers.

"I produce Toghus of different categories, beeds assemblying, i have a bachelors degree in Economics and Social Science, a youth leader and a motivational speaker. As a person with disability, one of the greatest challenge I face is carrying my articles around to sample them, am not able to satisfy my clients because I'm limited in equipment and material. I can also train others if i have the means like a space where we can conveniently work". She spoke to DrayInfo.

FEHACU left no one behind, Bamenda III Council worked together with the Fon of Nkwen to ensure that the event remains inclusive till the end.



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Recruitment of Local Language Teachers Announced at Groundbreaking Festival



At the Festival of Heritage of Arts and Cultures (FEHACU), Mayor Fonguh Cletus of Bamenda III Council announced that local language teachers will be recruited by council and deployed to teach in all public and mission schools within Bamenda III subdivision.


"The language of a people is their first identity, the Nkwen language committee have been doing alot to valorize our language. In a bit to Promote the Nkwen language, the council will be recruiting some teachers to teach the Nkwen language in all public and mission schools in the municipality come next academic year", Mayor Fonguh Cletus speaking at FEHACU.


He was speaking at the Nkwen Fon's Palace in Bamenda - North west region of Cameroon during a festival that pulled together an overwhelming crowd of sons and daughters of the soil, including lovers and promoters of culture within the region, to showcase talent in cultural display while preserving cultural values.

Traditional dance from Lebialem


The Albino Dance

The Festival's maiden edition, celebrated under the theme; "Our Culture bond of togetherness reconecting to our roots reviving cultural values and enhancing peaceful co-existence for socio - economic empowerment of Bamenda III", took place amidst the ongoing armed conflict, that could have impeded the grand activity, due the security challenges faced in the Northwest region.

Yet the local population took upon themselves, taking the bull by the horn and answered present in their numbers; with over 100 exhibitors at different stands and over 50 dance groups dignifying the event in flying colours.

The Fon of Nkwen and Mayor Fonguh Cletus of Bamenda III Council

Mayor of the Bamenda III Council in synergy with the Fon Of Nkwen, Fon Azehfor III, transcending political limits, mobilized the local population to answer present at the Festival of Heritage, Arts and Cultures, which recorded a huge success. An example worth emulating.

The Fon of Nkwen Speaks to his people

In line with preserving cultural values of the Nkwen people, the Fon asked that children, youths within Bamenda III subdivision get involved with holiday classes that will be organized to teach the kids the mother tongue.


"To better enshrine cultural values into our children, the Nkwen language committee has organized holiday classes that teach the language and culture to kids, between 3 -14 years old in Bamenda, Yaounde and Douala". The Fon of Nkwen, Fon Azehfor III.

He revealed that thesame program will be extended to the regional headquarters to offer similar opportunities to Nkwen sons and daughters residing in other parts of the country.


The Mayor of the Bamenda III Council encouraged parents to send their children to the palace during holidays to learn the Nkwen language, while hoping that "same example will be copied in Ndzah as soon as the chieftancy crisis is resolved".



By Ndefru Melanie
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