Today marked the end of the 48th Assemblies of the Francophone Press Union ( UPF) which took place in Cameroon during four days at the Hilton and Djeuga Palace Hotels in Yaoundé. In a bid to discover more about Cameroon, The UPF members paid a fruitful visit at the National museum of Yaoundé.

After four days of work characterized by unrest, due to their participation and interventions at the 48th Assemblies of the Francophone Press Union-UPF, the visit of Francophone journalists of the above association at the National Museum was the cherry on the cake which drew the curtain on surrounding activities of the Assemblies. The building which once served as presidential residence for Cameroon’s former president Ahmadou Ahidjo was host to more than 100 international journalists curious to discover the most hidden secrets of Cameroon’s culture and arts.

Guided by a group of 5 professionals of the museum, the guests only regretted that they weren’t allowed to shot photographs in certain rooms due to privacy policy of the institution. Works of arts and handicraft, gallery expositions didn’t leave visitors indifferent as the latters couldn’t keep from contemplating with admiration the plethora of arts and plastics designed by most renowned Cameroonian artist and from abroad. The visits which lasted for about 1h30 minutes were full of knowledge and immersion into a world they had never known before. They were presented traditional communication tools such as drums, Xylophone, guitars, all of them bearing local names as « Lela », « Mvet », for the Grass field cultural ethnic group and that of the Forest Zone respectively.

According to Clovicien Diagne, Guyanese journalist who was among the guests, any stranger who comes to Cameroon as a tourist should by start visiting the National Museum: « After my visit to the National museum, I’m probably not going back to my country the same as I came. I learnt a whole set of things related to Cameroon’s culture and traditions, and despite the fact that am from Guyana, I still feel related by blood to Africa because Guyanese people have a racial proximity with Africans and were only separated from each other by the White man ».




A museum full of historical facts

At the National Museum of Yaoundé, history holds a fundamental place as several rooms of the building are home to archives related to Cameroonian politicians who left their footprints in the history of Cameroon namely Ahmadou Ahidjo, Ernest Ouandie, Ruben Um Nyobe, Felix Moumie, just to name a few. AnOther aspect of history was photographs of the very first radio station of Cameroon called Radio Yaoundé.

After their expedition at the National Museum of Yaounde, the Francophone journalists from the UPF organization headed to their respective hotels to get set for the late-night gala event at the « Cascades du Mfoundi » restaurant.

Jeffrey Tatchum