The 20th of May is National Day in Cameroon and commemorates the day in 1972 where Cameroonians voted for a unitary state as opposed to a federal one. Because there was no single date of independence for Cameroon, the French side received its independence from France on January 1, 1960 and the English side on October 1, 1961, the May 20th date was chosen instead to function as the national day of the country. (For more information and pictures, click here.)
Of course the holiday was celebrated with defile-ing and since it is a big deal in Cameroon, most people headed to Tibati to march. My landlord, being the generous human he is, offered me a ride in the RDPC party bus, so my ride down was in a coaster crowded with party members who sang the entire time. (It really was the party bus.) I then enjoyed the parade with the other PCVs in the cluster.
Group of party défilers
A painting group in Tibati
After two years in country, Victoria has défile-ing down to a tee.
We attempted to get a picture of Holly, but she marched by too fast.
The Cameroonian version of boy scouts
A flag bearer
A HIV/AIDS support group
The lamido’s horses preparing to march
The moto drivers
Every great moto man started with a bike…
The cool thing about Tibati is that it is fairly close to the Northwest, which has some of the prettiest traditional wear
People liked to climb the trees in order to see better. The tree would then start to bend because of the weight and so everyone would scramble down, only to then climb up again.
Chantal Biya even made an appearence
It’s my village!
So proud watching them march.
The guy in the Cameroonian flag material is one of my favorite grands in village.
Going to pick up the Lamido from where he is watching the parade.