The South West Region of Cameroon now have new traditional fabric called ‘EYASU.’
EYASU, which translates to ‘OURS’ was unveiled in September 2023, after eight years of brainstorming. The brains behind the traditional attire came to the realisation that the people of the South West Region of Cameroon needed something that gave them a unique identity.
While introducing EYASU, Mrs. Grace Ewang Ngobiesalaka, Former Delegate of Arts Culture in the South West Region, said, “In 2016, Cameroon is hosting the Female AFCON. The South West Region, as one of the hosts, needs to come out as one people with whistles, drums, and xylophones to welcome their guests. The South West people, in their generosity, legendary hospitality, and friendship, need to offer souvenir objects to their prestigious guests with the South West brand. But there is a clear observation. The exhibition stands in the craft sector do not have enough to offer the brand. From here was born the obligation for the South West people to create “OURS” with the six in one.”
EYASU which means ‘OURS’ symbolises the Six-In-One (symbol of unity) which constitutes the six divisions of Cameroon’s South West Region. The Divisions include, Fako, Kupe Muanenguba, Lebialem, Manyu, Meme and Ndian.
The South West Region is one of Cameroon’s English-speaking regions. Located in the extreme west of the country, the region is endowed with a rich cultural heritage, natural and human resources.
Madame Ewang Grace, (in the middle with white top and blue jeans), the brain behind EYASU, flanked by a chief and other stakeholders in the South West Region of Cameroon
The fabric which will soon hit all the corners of region, Cameroon and the world at large is fruit of a research proposal conceived by Mme Grace Ewang Ngobiesalaka, and carried out by a wide rage of people.
“The chiefs unanimously intervened to give their people the base for reflection, for research, for the work. Eight years of work with chiefdoms, cultural stakeholders, resource persons, associations, the diaspora through meetings, interviews ,focus groups and WhatsApp groups,…. At least 60 symbols were proposed, each division having at least 10 selected,” explained Mme Ewang Ngobiesalaka.
Like the saying goes that dressing identifies a people, ‘EYASU’ is on course to become the symbol and identity of the people of the South West.
“The six divisions that make up the South West region are known for their very rich cultural, historical and natural sceneries. Only, the participation of the South West region in many national and international events have exacerbated the already existing need for a unifying identity and symbol in the face of other regions and nations,” Mme Ewang Ngobiesalaka, the brain behind the project stated.
How EYASU was conceived
The idea to come up with a unique cultural outfit for the region stermed from the 2016 female Africa Cup of Nations, hosted by Cameroon with South West as one of the play grounds.
During the sporting event, the region was found wanting with no unique fabric to show to the world.
During exhibition Grace Ewang said, “The exhibition stands from the craft sector do not have enough to offer with the brand. From here was born the obligation for the South West people to create “OURS” with the six in one.”
“The alarm was raised and The chiefs unanimously intervened to give their people the base for reflection, for research, for the work,” Mme Ewang Ngobiesalaka noted.
Statement on the official unveiling of Eyasu, (Ours) fabric for people in Cameroon’s South West Region.
EYASU is here to stay!
It took eight years of hard work within chiefdoms, cultural stakeholders, resource persons, associations, the diaspora to come up with EYASU. The brains behind the beautiful fabric held series of meetings, interviews, via WhatsApp groups, zoom during which at least 60 symbols were proposed, with at least 10 selected from each division.
“In an attempt to present the results of this research, which comprised of symbols, patterns, colors, technics, etc. for the use of the general public, it was agreed that only a fabric could be visible. From this point onwards, the created fabric becomes the unifying symbol of ‘the six in one” said Mme Ewang Ngobiesalaka.
The symbol and identity of the South West people beyond its esthetics, plays the role of ambassador of unity, peace, generosity, friendship, scientific research bait, creative compass, cultural and touristic guide. Just like Toghu in the North West Region, EYASU is already being embraced by thousands in the South West Region and across Cameroon.
The first order of fabric was done in June 2023.
This is MMI’s series on culture and tradition. This segment will bring
Cameroon’s untold customs to light and celebrate its uniqueness.
Tata Mbunwe contributed to this piece.
Gunfire Erupts in Guinea-Bissau Capital
Gunfire erupted in the capital of Guinea-Bissau on Friday morning following an attempt by National Guard soldiers to free a detained minister and a senior state official. The National Guard members initially took the officials into custody before seeking refuge in barracks south of the capital.
Efforts to negotiate a resolution failed, leading to the intervention of special forces and an ensuing exchange of gunfire. Eventually, calm was restored later in the day.
The detained individuals, Finance Minister Souleiman Seidi and Secretary of State for the Treasury Antonio Monteiro were under investigation for the alleged irregular withdrawal of $10 million (£8 million) of state funds. An anti-corruption investigation had questioned them the day before regarding payments made to 11 companies.
During a parliamentary session earlier in the week, the leader of the main opposition party claimed that the companies’ owners had close ties to the country’s governing coalition leaders. Mr. Seidi defended the payments as legal.
After Thursday’s questioning, both Seidi and Monteiro were arrested and detained to avoid jeopardising the ongoing investigations, according to local media reports. Later that evening, National Guard soldiers reportedly stormed the police cells near Bandim market, armed with AK-47 weapons and bazookas, and freed the detained officials, taking them to an undisclosed location.
President Umaro Sissoco Embalo, who is currently attending the UN’s COP28 climate conference in Dubai, was not present during the incident. In response to the situation, regional stabilisation forces deployed by the West African bloc, Ecowas, were observed patrolling the streets on Friday morning, as reported by the AFP news agency.
Guinea-Bissau has a history of coups and attempted coups since gaining independence from Portugal in 1974. In February of the previous year, the president claimed to have survived a coup attempt linked to drug trafficking, although details remained unclear, leading to skepticism and unanswered questions about the events surrounding the incident.
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Cameroonian women honoured with German Prize for Africa
By Tata Mbunwe
Women who have been championing peace and humanitarian work in Cameroon have been honoured with the German Prize for Africa 2023.
The recognition was handed to three representatives of the National Women’s Convention for Peace in Cameroon – Esther Omam, Sally Mboumien and Marthe Wandou – in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, Nov. 30.
The ceremony was presided over by Katrin Göring-Eckardt, Vice-President of the German Parliament.
The award acknowledges the enormous efforts of these three women – who stand as the face of the National Women’s Convention – in empowering women facing conflict, gender inequality and economic hardship.
“This is a great recognition for the work of women peace builders,” said Esther Omam.
“The members of the platform are happy to accept this act of recognition on behalf of all the women of Cameroon, those living in conflict zones and those committed to building peace at all levels and in all senses,” she added.
The convention is the largest grouping for women in Cameroon. Created in January 2021, the body consists of 77 organizations that are advocating for peace in the country.
They held their first national convention in July 2021 in Yaounde, with nearly 1,800 women from across Cameroon in attendance.
After the convention, Esther Omam, Sally Mboumien and Marthe Wandou have continued championing peace and humanitarian works in the country.
Omam, who is from the South West, through her Reach Out organization, continues to provide healthcare, education, economic empowerment and psychosocial support to women affected by the Anglophone Crisis.
On her part, Sally Mboumien, a rights activist from Cameroon’s Far North Region, has been helping women affected by the Boko Haram conflict to regain their livelihoods through education and economic empowerment.
In the North West, Marthe Wandou has also helped thousands of women in the Region, affected by armed conflict, access education.
“Together, we have built an alliance that is stronger, louder and more numerous than those who profit from war,” Sally Mboumien told DW.
“We are ready to dialogue, ready to mediate, ready to support initiatives.”
The German Africa Foundation’s award comes as a recognition of the efforts of these women.
The award has been honoring African personalities since 1993.
The prize goes to outstanding individuals who are committed to peace, democracy, reconciliation, arts and culture and social progress.
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Christophe Mekam, a 48-year-old man, has died in a hospital while visiting his ailing colleague in Douala, in the Littoral region of Cameroon.
Local reports suggest that the deceased visited his ill colleague, Nicolette Missongui, at a clinic in Bessengue, Douala, and collapsed on the latter’s sick bed.
According to Le Popoli, a Cameroonian satiric newspaper, “The medical staff rushed into the room. With his eyes rolling back and his body shivering, as if it were an epileptic attack, the visitor finally took his last breath and died.”
The media outlet further narrated that the wife of the deceased, a few moments later, stormed the hospital in disbelief, claiming they had just separated before he went to the hospital.
“This couple had shared lunch together earlier in the day before Christophe left for this hospital,” Le Popoli added.
Reacting to the incident, a Facebook user, Michelle Michou, urged individuals to abstain from the practise of sitting on sick beds while visiting ailing relatives or friends.
“There are some things you just don’t do these days, like sitting on a sick person’s bed because you don’t know what the patient is suffering from. Avoid even going there because competition in companies can push some people to do anything or even take the job of others.”
Meanwhile, others speculated about a malicious act on the part of the deceased. “You never know; the guy’s mission could be to finish with the girl, but when he didn’t succeed, the members came and dropped the hammer on his head.”
Security forces have initiated investigations to determine the exact circumstances that led to the death of Christophe Mekam.
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