The Commonwealth Day ended with a cultural evening in Yaounde on Tuesday. The ball was set rolling at the Yaounde Conference Centre March 12 by Richard Kings with the singing of the National Anthem.
Not only did he marvel the huge Commonwealth family that came up to celebrate cultural exchanges with his style of singing the National Anthem, but he touched the hearts of many with a thrilling piece, a special song composed just for the day.
Celebrating diversity, love, joy, peace and life, cutting across Commonwealth countries he sang, was worth belonging to the Gentlemen's Club. And just to confirm the lyrics of the song, the Minister of External Relations, Pierre Moukoko Mbonjo, chair of the event, said Cameroon was celebrating victory and unity with the Commonwealth community. The Minister did not cease to applaud the spirit of solidarity that reigns among members. He said it is helping to exploit opportunities.
To the High Commissioners and consular staff in Cameroon who are members of the Commonwealth, Pierre Moukoko Mbonjo expressed gratitude. He recognised the role they played for a hitch free celebration of the day. Some ministries were also praised for supporting the organisation of the week. Flanked by some cabinet Ministers and members of the diplomatic corps, the Minister of External Relations specified that celebrating the Commonwealth Day was an occasion for members States to foster relations.
The Queen's message on the day stressed the theme, "Connecting Cultures." She said: "This year, our Commonwealth focus seeks to explore how we can share and strengthen the bond of Commonwealth citizens we already enjoy by using our cultural connections to help bring us even closer together, as family and friends across the globe." She explained that the theme encourages Commonwealth member countries to consider the special opportunities they have as members of this unique gathering of nations to celebrate an extraordinary cultural tapestry that reflects many individual and collective identities.
The launch of a manual on administrative drafting to solve the problem of layout, form and content in coming up with administrative documents, the sharing of British, Cameroonian, Nigerian and South African dishes and dances graced the occasion.