February 11th is Youth Day and this year it was not just any Youth Day, but the 50th anniversary of the holiday. Dancing, parading, futbol-ing–Ngatt went all out.
Part I: Cultural Presentation at the Primary School
The festivities began the night before at the primary school. A generator provided the electricity for the music and the lights for the multi-hour production consisting of dancing and a talent show. Almost the entire town was here to watch the production. Whenever parents saw one of their children they would run up, join the dance, and give the child money, which would then be donated to the school.
Dancing and traditional garb.
Don’t let the lack of smiling fool you, these are some of my friends.
Behind the scenes
Part II: Dancing & Défilement
The day began with another dance performance at the school, which was followed by a parade–starting with the children who were followed by the other organizations in Ngatt.
View from the health center.
Welcoming the village chief. (My landlord, Oumarou, is in the golden beige-color boubou on the left side.)
She would not stop crying until her mother let her run up and join the production.
Les Majorettes-Ngatt’s cheerleading/dance squad
Leading the parade.
Rassamblement démocratique du peuple camerounais-President Paul Biya’s party
As a PCV, I am not allowed to participate in local politics, but when your landlord wakes you up to present you with an oversized RDPC t-shirt and an invite to march in the parade with his group, it is rude to refuse, no?
That said, most of the people my age marched with the Union Nationale pour la Démocratie et le Progrès (UNDP).
Cassava! (Aka one of the most important starches of my life here.)
Ste. Cooperative Bano Ne Ngatt De Ngatt dans la Production des ignames aka the Yam Co-op of Ngatt.
Chief Amadou, the suavest Christain-Muslim around. Will take a car 1 km uphill in order to make an entrance.
She only tolerated me because I picked her up so she could see the parade.
The principal of Ngatt’s Primary school and organizer of this grand production.
Madame President and I
Part III: Futbol
In typical Cameroonian fashion, the day ended with a soccer match.