Government officials at this year’s edition of Cameroon’s National Festival of Arts and Culture dubbed FENAC that held in Bertoua, East Region of Cameroon, used the event to advocate for national unity and living together.
The crusade was very intense at the festival as the nation is facing threats of secession and disintegration.
Utterances encouraging Cameroonians to live as one ran through the remarks of public officials at the event.
Prime Minister Philemon Yang, who launched the cultural jamboree, was the first to highlight the need for Cameroonians to use their culture to promote unity in diversity.
Yang, who represented President Paul Biya at the opening ceremony, launched the ‘National Symphony Monument’.
The monument is found adjacent the East Regional Delegation of Arts and Culture. It is dedicated to Cameroon’s craftsmanship, culture and artistry.
Then as the one week cultural fiesta rounded off last weekend, Cameroon’s Minister of Arts and Culture, Professor Narcisse Mouelle Kombi, urged all and sundry to promote unity.
“The nobility of culture is that it is a factor of inclusion and social cohesion; a vector of community mobilisation around ideals of fraternity, solidarity and dialogue. Indeed, artists have their part to play in consolidating our trajectory towards the building of a more united, stable and prosperous Cameroon,” Minister Mouelle Kombi stated.
At the festival village, cultural groupings and thousands of visitors were served a menu of Cameroon’s rich culture at another level.
FENAC this year equally offered the opportunity for visitors from other Regions to enjoy and emulate the lifestyle and culture of other Regions. Cultural artifacts, crafts, paintings and the literature of tribes were raised to the fore.
Delegations from the 10 Regions of Cameroon, marched exhibiting placards and banners with messages of peace, national unity and progress.
This year’s FENAC also recorded live music performances from ace Cameroonian artists. In the Miss FENAC contest, Edith-Rene emerged champion. She is expected to use her position to promote Cameroon’s culture, unity and national integration.