Monday, May 27, 2013

National Day in Cameroon

Monday, May 20, 2013

Today was National Day in Cameroon. It is a day to celebrate Cameroon's "independence" from France and Britain. Although Cameroon achieved independence from France and Britain on January 1, 1960 and October 1, 1960 respectively, the Cameroonian government chose the 20th of May as Cameroon's National Day because it was on this day in 1972 that former president Ahmadou Ahidjo united the Francophone and Anglophone regions of the country under one government. The day is celebrated with parades in the morning and beer drinking in the evening. As you'll see in the photos below, the main people marching in the parade are either military members or kids from the primary and secondary schools in Kumba, of which there are more than 100!

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