It’s holiday season and while we are not in the Northern Hemisphere to follow our family’s traditions like enjoying Glühwein at a festive Christmas market in Germany or going into the woods to find a christmas tree, we have great occasions here in Cameroon.
Thanks to Better World Cameroon we have a relationship with the Bafut Palace and received invitations to the annual Fon’s dance, including a lunch and an evening banquet. This is no small affair! The small village area around the palace is filled with folks in their colorful traditional costumes. Bars are doing record business as are the producers of traditional jewelry, and other adornments.
When the music begins and gunshots blast the excitement is palpable- people cheer and start dancing. Imagine a large square filled with a crowd in a rhythmic circular motion .
The evening banquet was a pleasant surprise: set in a courtyard surrounded by stone walls, the atmosphere was more intimate. Live music playing ‘bottle dance’ , voices singing, people chatting, and food and drink for all.
CM did a lot of filming throughout and I have compiled a short video for your enjoyment. With this video I wish to express my gratitude to the community in Bafut and Better world Cameroon.