Africa is a beautiful continent where people rely on nature, more than technology. They are proud of their and believe that culture is more important than the latest trend. Republic of Cameroon or Cameroon is a country located in West Africa and like the continent, this country is also a rich and assorted mix of religions, culture and languages that are followed by the indigenous population of 250 which aweing to witness.
Cameroon populous consists of divergent groups of 250 -300 each having their own set of culture, religion, language etc. The groups are divided on the basis of religion or ethnicity. Various religious are present that are based on the previous colonial rulers or influence of their past history. And ethnically there are divided on the basis of Cameroon’s geography which is pretty diverse to begin with.
Their colonists have had great influence on their culture creating 3 different cultures that include two separate regional cultures and a national culture. The regional cultures are from the region of the Francophone and the Anglophone where a different legal system is used and English and French are the primarily spoken languages. Then comes the national culture that is recognized and followed in all of the public institutions like schools, municipalities etc. and football is the nationally loved sport.
Cameroon is a mix of cultures that follow numerous religions with 69 % of the population following Christianity (both Catholic and Protestant), 21 % of the population following Islam and the rest of the population following various indigenous religions.
It has been estimated that more than 300 languages are spoken by the different groups in the Cameroon populous. Cameroon has a number of local languages that include languages like the Gbaya language, the Gyele language, the Mundang language, the Vengo language, the Ngiemboon language, the Koonzime language, the Fula language and the Akoose language. But they show their flair for diversity by having the language of their former rulers, which are English and French as their official language.
Despite being a not so developed nation Cameroon has been a multi-party state since 1992 when an amendment was added to the Cameroon Constitution. The various parties present have equal chance of gaining power over the government. The gaining of a government position is influenced by various factors such as ethnic background, religious background, the contacts you possess etc. Their political system allows the president to hold office for seven years that includes executive power but hey can do so only for two terms. At national level the cabinet and its president hold the ultimate power. Ahmadou Ahidjo was the first president of Cameroon a he was in office from 1960 to 1982.
Holidays days in Cameroon are highly influenced by the religions present the western world. The religious holiday’s followed are both Christian and Muslim like Easter Sunday, Good Friday, Ascension Thursday etc. for Christians and Ramadan, Eid ul-Adha and Eid ul-Fitr for Muslims.
Whereas the national holidays show influence the western world like Women’s day, Teacher’s day, New Year’s Day etc.
The amount I have described doesn’t event cover 50 % of the rich culture present in Cameroon. This is nation filled with mixture of several religions, languages, foods etc. making it a unique and beautiful place.