Cameroon Tribune (Yaoundé)

17 May 2010

Cameroon's History Told in Drama

Over 200 comedians in a theatre masterpiece took the public down the country's independence and reunification road.

Those who had not read or listened to the story of Cameroon's 50-year-old independence and reunification were served an opportunity on the platter of gold to recapture some highlights of the history. This was during a theatre performance, reminiscent of the country's reunification and independence pathway, Friday evening at the Yaounde multi-purpose Sports Complex. This was part of commemorative activities marking the country's independence and reunification golden jubilees. All these took place under the watchful eyes of the representative of the Head of State, Ferdinand Leopold Oyono, alongside some cabinet Ministers.

Written by former Minister of Sports and Physical Education, Pierre Ismaël Bidoung Mpkatt, the play, titled, "Forward March", traces Cameroon's independence and reunification histories and its culture. It equally pays glowing tribute to emblematic figures who sacrificed every pleasure to build the Cameroon of today. The icons included, among others, Ahmadou Ahidjo, André Marie Mbida, Douala Manga Bell, Martin Paul Samba, Charles Okala, John Ngu Foncha and S.T. Muna.

The four-scenario theatre was reflective of Cameroon, cutting across the entire nation from the north to the south and east to west and showcasing its culture in dress and dance. The comedians, in what onlookers said was a replica of Cameroon's history 50 years down the line, brought laughter, anxiety and sorrow to bear on the hundreds of people who turned up for the event. Their blend of the English and French languages depicted the depth of bilingualism and national integration. The actors stressed on the need for unity, stating that it is at the forefront of the priceless peace that reigns in the country. The fraternity portrayed in the play was telling of the fact that Cameroon is celebrating 50 years of unity, solidarity and progress and the actors underscored the need to pave the way for a better tomorrow.

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