26 September 2008

Cameroon: Nacda Prepares 10th Anniversary Celebrations of Awing Fon

The Ndong Awing Cultural and Development Association, NACDA, will from December 14 -23, organise a grand event to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Fon Fozo'o II on the throne of Awing.

The 10-day occasion will feature memorial services for the Late Fon of Awing, Ngongeh III, and two 'Queen mothers' who passed away, cultural activities and traditional dances. However, the main day of the event, which is when Awing will welcome special invitees and friends of the village, will take place on December 20.

As NACDA braces up for the grand event, Barrister Nico Halle, Chairman of the Organising Committee, September 20, presided over a planning meeting for the occasion. The meeting brought together, among others, the National President of NACDA, Philip Penanje, the President of the Women's Wing of NACDA, Mrs Glory Mbagwana, and the Mayor of the Douala IV Urban Council, John Ndangle Kumase.

In a chat with The Post, NACDA President, Philip Penanje, said "NACDA has decided to organise the 10th anniversary celebration of Fon Fozo'o II as a recognition of his dynamism. The anniversary celebration will be a way for Awing sons and daughters to show appreciation to the Fon and to encourage him to go ahead with his dynamism".

Penanje stated that the Organising Committee for the occasion have been working very hard since they were set up in February. He said they are determined to leave no stone unturned to make occasion a resounding success.

Penanje disclosed that one of the highlights of the occasion will be the General Assembly of NACDA, which will hold on December 19.

Women To Play Major Role

On her part, NACDA Women Wing President, Mrs Glory Mbangwana, said Awing women consider the event to be of immense importance. She said, besides taking care of feeding, women will constitute dance groups that will exhibit the rich culture of the Awing people.

She added that Awing women have been very instrumental especially in conceiving and funding developmental projects in the village.

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