100,000 Copies of the Cameroon Constitution
In the coming months, an Aurora CO, based non-profit organization will distribute 100,000 copies of the Cameroon Constitution to Cameroonians within the United States and in Cameroon.
Founded by George Bamu, Africa Agenda seeks to ‘garner positive press for Africa using powerful concepts of the media in the society’. In fulfilling its mission, Africa Agenda organizes ‘education events, workshop, seminars and conferences’, and ‘executes projects that speak to a better, stronger, stable, prosperous and democratic Africa’.
One such workshop, the Cameroon Information and Education Day (CEID) was held on May 7th at the Community College of Aurora. The workshop was attended by Michael Hancock, President of the Denver City Council, Richard Nyamboli, Communications Counselor at the Cameroon embassy in Washington DC and Linda Brown, President of the Community College of Aurora among others. Members of the Cameroonian Community in Colorado also gave remarks.
CEID’s principal task will be to distribute 100,000 copies of the Cameroon constitution, both in French and English to ‘ academic institutions, civil society groups and individuals’, with the aim of increasing knowledge of Cameroon and spread the concept of constitutional democracy.
In a continent where civic participation has left a lot to be desired and where lack of access and information on a country’s constitution can be a severe impediment to political participation, the availability of free constitutions can deal a blow to the coups, endemic corruption and fraudulent transfers of power that have littered the political landscapes of many African countries.
In distributing 100,000 copies of the Cameroon constitution, Africa Agenda is embarking on a powerful journey in educating the citizens of Cameroon. Ambitiously, we hope that this is a project that can be replicated in many African countries.
Kudos to Africa Agenda for this enormous initiative
7 Random Facts about Cameroon.
- Present day Cameroon was first "discovered" in the 15 century by a Portuguese sailor, Fernando Poo, who named it " Rio dos Camaroes", meaning, River of Shrimps. The name, Cameroon, is derived from this Portuguese appellation.
- The Cameroonian flag is a vertical tricolour of green, red and yellow with a star. Green for the luxuriant vegetation of the south, red for sovereignty, and yellow for the sunshine of the northern regions. The Flag had two stars included in it to represent the former British and French parts of Cameroon. The second star was dropped in 1972 when Cameroon became a unitary state.
- Cameroon has produced many internationally renowned musicians, probably most famous of whom is Manu Dibango. Manu Dibango was born in Cameroon but has been based and performed abroad for over 40 years, during which time he has had numerous acclaimed Jazz and Makossa hits.
- Cameroon boasts the highest point in Africa, Mount Cameroon, at 13,451 feet above sea level.
- There are some 250 ethnic groups in Cameroon, speaking about 270 dialects, which constitute 24 major African language groups. Additionally, most Cameroonians speak English and French, and the literacy rate is 79%.
- More than 168 political parties have been legalized in Cameroon since 1990.
- Cameroon possesses 409 different species of mammals, 143 types of reptiles, 849 birds’ species, and 19 types of amphibians.
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