Cameroon is the first country to introduce the malaria vaccine into its vaccination program. This far, 1833 children have been vaccinated.
Barely a week ago, Cameroonians expressed indignation as a husband beat his wife, a teacher, to the point where she lost her life in Cameroon’s economic capital, Douala. Women in Global Health Cameroon took the lead in saying no to gender-based violence.
It was against this backdrop that the Society of Gynecologists and Obstetricians of Cameroon, SOGOC, joined the rest of the world to launch activities to mark the 16-day activism against gender-based violence.
The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on November 25, followed by the annual 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, is a global moment to help #EndViolence against women and girls.
Prof. Emile Mboudou, SOGOC President, was represented during the launch by Prof. Felix Essiben, a gynecologist who doubles as SOGOC president for the Center Region, who examined the situation of gender-based violence worldwide. “Globally, an estimated 736 million women—almost one in three—have been subjected to physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence, non-partner sexual violence, or both, at least once in their lives. Violence against women has been heightened across different settings as well, including the workspace and online spaces.” He further cites a global study by the Economist Intelligence Unit, which found that 38 percent of women have had personal experiences of online violence, and 85 percent of women who spend time online have witnessed digital violence against other women.
In Cameroon, the prevalence of gender-based violence is intricately linked with the sexual and reproductive health and rights of Cameroonian women, Mboudou said. He lamented that the consequences of gender-based violence (domestic violence, rape, and genital mutilation) on the reproductive health of women are usually not carefully considered. He illustrated this with the case of pregnancy resulting in rape, where the penal code allows for safe abortion. “Abortion authorization in Cameroon is interwoven with gender-based violence and thus should not be treated separately.” This explains the rationale for SOGOC joining the world to shine a light on ending gender-based violence and its adverse effect on Cameroonian women’s health.
Experts agree that violence negatively affects women’s physical and mental health and well-being at all stages of their lives and impacts their professional development and economic empowerment, with broader social and economic consequences for families, communities, and societies, and impedes the achievement of sustainable development.
Mboudou maintained that the right of women and girls to live free of violence is inalienable, fundamental, and a human right. He regretted that equality between women and men is guaranteed in Cameroon’s Constitution, but women are denied justice and protection from violence. He attributed this failure to a lack of investment and political will to meet women’s needs and protect their fundamental rights.
Invest to Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls is the theme of the 2023 16-day activism against gender-based violence. Felix Essiben, a gynecologist and SOGOC Center Region President, explains how society can invest in preventing gender-based violence.
The launch of the 16-day Activism Against Gender-Based Violence was spiced with a walk in the Nkeleton neighborhood.
The Cameroon-Nigeria Friendship Golf Tournament lived up to its bidding, as friendship triumphed. Diane Momsa from Nigeria loved every bit of the game, won two, and lost one, but the best thing that happened to her was Mama Alisa, the host who was like a mother.
“I am inviting her to the Women’s Golf Open in Nigeria in February 2024”, Momsa extended her invitation.
Meanwhile, the tournament ended in parity, with 22 points on each side:
Day1 CMR 8 NIG 6
Day 2 CMR 5 NIG 8
Day3 CMR 9 NIG 8
The tournament ended with the award of trophies, winning, dining, and exchanging pleasantries, a show of friendship.
Golfers from Cameroon and Nigeria are on the starting block as the Cameroon-Nigeria Friendship Golf Tournament kick-starts in Yaounde today.
The tourney which is part of the annual activities of the Cameroon Golf Federation was officially announced during a presser at the Yaounde golf club last evening.
It would not be only about the sport, but an avenue for business meetings for economic operators, civil engineers, and politicians from both countries. The legendary IBB International Golf and Country Club of Abuja is the special guest of the tourney.
During the presser last night, Prof. Wilfred Mbacham Cameroon captain stated that the host was going to match the Nigerian golfers with Cameroonian seniors. “it is the friendship that would be celebrated along the golf course to discover what each other does.” He urged Cameroonian golfers coming to the tournament to bring their business cards along as beyond golf, there is encouragement and exchanges.
The Nigerian captain stated that when two people come together, they start to understand themselves better, even as a governments.
By Etienne Mainimo
Cameron-born, former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou has sealed a multi-fight deal with the Professional Fighters League, PFL.
The announcement was made public on Tuesday, May 16, jointly by the heavyweight champion and PFL.
The CEO of PFL, Peter Murray in a statement said, “The PFL is excited to announce its groundbreaking strategic partnership with Francis Ngannou, the greatest heavyweight fighter in the world. Ngannou will anchor the PFL’s star-studded PPV Super Fight Division, serve on PFL’s Global Athlete Advisory Board, and will be a chairman and equity owner in PFL Africa.”
Murray added, “This is not an athlete deal. Francis is an icon today in the sport, he is the best in the world at what he does, but he’s in business with the PFL. We’re in business together.”
A press release also stated that “…Ngannou is the former UFC heavyweight champion, the first African heavyweight world champion in history, and the hardest-hitting fighter in MMA history.”
Speaking to the New York Times, Ngannou said, “The past few months have been a very interesting time to understand and see the landscape, but I’m very excited about this deal with the PFL because they basically showed what I was expecting.”
Ngannou said in a tweet:
The 36-year-old is expected to make his PFL debut in 2024 against an opponent to be announced. He is also keen on a professional boxing match, which his new contract with the PFL allows.
The PFL intends to launch multiple leagues across different continents in the coming years, with PFL Africa expected as soon as 2025. PFL Europe was launched this year. Ngannou failed out with UFC after becoming Champions in 2022. He said discussions with the UFC broke down primarily over non-financial issues. Since becoming heavyweight champion in January 2022, Ngannou hasn’t fought. An injury also kept Ngannou off the ring after he terminated his contract with UFC.
Africa bears the burden of malaria with children under five accounting for 80 percent of Malaria deaths. WHO announced a global technical strategy aimed at reducing the global burden of malaria with research and innovation as one of the focus areas. Africa has joined the race with the African Academy of Sciences, the European Union, and the African Union supporting research through a 25 million euro project, African Research for Scientific Excellence-ARISE. In an interview with Cameroon Factfinder, ahead of World Malaria Day, Dr. Protus Arrey Tarkang a grantee of the African Research Initiative for Scientific Excellence (ARISE) program talked about his research, drug resistance, and policy around the implementation of research results. Read the excerpt:
Cameroon Factfinder: Is there enough investment in terms of research for malaria drugs in Africa?
Dr. Protus Tarkang: Investment in terms of research for malaria drugs is substantial but we cannot say it’s enough in the present circumstances. First, Africa bears the greatest burden of malaria. According to the WHO World malaria report 2021, it accounted for 96% (241 million) of global malaria cases in 2020 and 98% of global malaria deaths, with the poor and vulnerable populations experiencing the highest burden. Children under five accounted for about 80% of all malaria deaths in the same year. Secondly, over the past two decades, research for malaria drugs has taken up approximately 25% of the total funding dedicated to malaria control in Africa. In 2015, WHO announced a new global technical strategy (GTS) for malaria 2016-2030, aimed at reducing the global malaria burden by 90% by 2030. One of the three major pillars of that strategy is Innovation and research, which includes research on drugs for malaria. WHO estimates that additional funding of $673 million annually is needed for malaria research, which includes drugs, thereby justifying the fact that the available funding is not enough. Finally, despite the significant efforts to tackle malaria in Africa over the last 20 years, progress stalled during the COVID-19 pandemic, in addition to the emergence of resistance and poor health systems. Consequently, the envisaged goals in the GTS were not met and the funding gap between calculated needs and funds available has widened in recent years. This indicates that the total funding is inadequate to achieve the WHO global targets to reduce the malaria burden by 2030. Evidence for this is that the rate of withdrawal of malaria drugs from the list of essential drugs is higher than the rate of approval of new drugs. There is therefore a huge need for an increase in funding for malaria control, including research for malaria drugs.
What is the innovation in research around drug resistance?
Drug resistance is the reduction in the effectiveness of a medication in treating a disease or condition. In the context of malaria treatment, Artemisinin-based Combination Therapies (ACT) are the WHO-recommended treatment of choice for uncomplicated malaria. This consists of an artemisinin derivative and a partner drug that work together to reduce and eliminate the parasites. Therefore, we can talk about Artemisinin partial resistance, which is delayed parasite clearance after treatment with a drug containing an artemisinin derivative. Although a significant reduction of treatment efficacy has not been observed in association with delayed parasite clearance after treatment with a drug containing an artemisinin derivative, increases in the proportion of parasites carrying the malaria parasite mutation marker (PfKelch13) indicate that parasites with this mutation have an advantage under current treatment strategies and transmission dynamics. This could be due to higher transmissibility or improved fitness. Therefore innovation in research around malaria drug resistance is aimed at mitigating the risks and responding to the emergence and spread of antimalarial drug resistance, in accordance with the recommendations of the WHO strategy to respond to antimalarial drug resistance in Africa. Its objectives are to: i) improve the detection of resistance to ensure a timely response; ii) delay the emergence of resistance to artemisinin and artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT) partner drugs; and iii) limit the selection and spread of resistant parasites where resistance has been confirmed. This strategy for attaining these objectives is centered around four pillars: strengthen surveillance of antimalarial drug efficacy and resistance, optimize and better regulate the use of diagnostics and therapeutics to limit drug pressure through pre-emptive measures, react to resistance by limiting the spread of antimalarial drug-resistant parasites, stimulate research and innovation to better leverage existing tools and develop new tools against resistance.
Saying that Africa can attain zero malaria in terms of treatment will be an overstatement for the following reasons: First, zero malaria is a status that cannot be attained through treatment alone but through the implementation of many interlinked strategies, which include the product area (diagnostics, vaccines, and therapeutics), other areas of science (clinical trials, interventions, and product development, public health and cross-disciplinary), functional health systems and relevant policy implementation. All these areas contribute to their quota and require huge funding. Secondly, not all African countries possess the same level of national and international funding for malaria control or the same level of health delivery systems. Furthermore, extending malaria control measures to universal health coverage targets is a key challenge to many African countries. Insufficient investment contributes to the current intervention coverage gaps and the malaria burden. Finally, interlinkages between progress towards malaria elimination and economic wealth also imply that as countries get wealthier, they face graduation from donors’ funding while successful malaria elimination requires predictable sustained funding to reach and sustain malaria-free status, which is not the case for many African countries. Therefore, for Africa to attain zero malaria, it will need to do more.
What is your search on drugs about and how can this help Africa?
My current research is an African Research Initiative for Scientific Excellence (ARISE) project. Our focus is on the application of innovative mass spectrometry technologies for profiling bioactive molecules of selected synergistic antimalarial plants, combined with the development of high and medium-throughput screening methods, for the discovery of new therapeutic leads for malaria drug discovery. We are aware that plants have played a vital role in the therapeutics of malaria, by providing the main drugs such as quinine (and its derivative chloroquine), atovaquone, and artemisinin (and its derivatives). Furthermore, the rapid emergence of resistance in the malaria parasite to synthetic drugs compared to drugs sourced from natural sources indicate the relevance of plants. Therefore, in the context of combination therapies, synergistic plants could be a source of combination therapy for malaria. Hence, we can term this project “ looking back into the future” of malaria drug discovery.
The expected outcomes that will be useful for Africa include the: Implementation of a drug discovery platform with MTS and high throughput screening (HTS) liquid handling systems. Development of an advanced technological platform by direct combination of High-Resolution Mass Spectrometry (HRMS) and malaria parasite asexual blood stage-specific susceptibility, generating data to improve knowledge on malaria combination therapy, the discovery of synergistic plant secondary metabolites, as leads with established modes of action, to enable further development, promotion of national and international collaboration, development of Leadership skills and capacity building in Pharmaceutical medicine, training of graduate students, knowledge transfer, and dissemination of scientific knowledge, strengthening capacities for science in Africa by developing the human capital through training of students and scientists. Provision of scientific evidence for policy. ARISE fellowships are aimed at building the capacity of African researchers, particularly early-career scientists, to deliver cutting-edge research in contribution to efforts being made towards the transformation of Africa into a knowledge-based and innovation-led continent. Specifically, ARISE seeks to: enhance the capabilities of emerging African early career research leaders committed to a research and teaching career in Africa, strengthen institutional research management and support systems to enable pan-African research to thrive, and support the generation of cutting-edge research in contribution to the transformation of Africa into a knowledge-based and innovation-led continent. ARISE is a Euro 25 million program implemented by the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) in partnership with the European Union (EU) and the African Union (AU).
What advice to malaria-endemic countries like Cameroon and other African countries?
My advice to malaria-endemic countries like Cameroon and other African countries would directly fall in line with the “Rethinking Malaria” global consultation forum of health experts, which through its discussions along governance, integrated service delivery, and training and capacity building, made the following recommendations on defined themes: Perception of the malaria problem: Malaria needs to be viewed as a societal problem of development, and not as a medical problem alone, the leadership of the malaria problem: Efforts must be led by endemic countries in partnership with multiple stakeholders within each country., investment in the health workforce: Health workers at all levels should be empowered through readiness, training, and education, visibility and use of reliable and real-time data, knowledge, and information: Malaria data needs to be valued and visible and used by the public and policy-makers, as it has been for COVID-19 decision-making, innovation: Globally, greater attention should be given to innovation and problem-solving and to support endemic countries in entrepreneurship, R&D, and manufacturing, strengthening health systems: Health for all means solving the problem of malaria as a pillar of universal health coverage.
What are some of the challenges around Malaria research in Africa?
Some of the challenges around malaria research in Africa include institutions with inadequate research support structures to attract relevant funding for research and promote fruitful collaborations, inadequate technological platforms to promote innovation, poorly developed health systems that hinder relevant health delivery, inadequate national and international funding to enable good science and relevant data generation poor remunerations for researchers, thereby encouraging researchers’ mobility to greener pastures, lack of strategies for the promotion of research results., inadequate exploitation of research results for policy.
Do African governments implement research results?
Implementation of research results brings about development in various domains. In this regard, the various indices of development of the various African countries would be evidence of their level of economic development and would reflect the government’s effort at the implementation of research results.
What advice in terms of policy around Malaria research?
When it comes to global strategies towards attaining certain policy objectives, it is advisable not to reinvent the wheel but to endeavor to explore the strategies at the disposal of policymakers before trying to propose new ones, because there is a lot to learn from their implementation. My advice in terms of policy around malaria will be to explore available documents such as the various annual world malaria reports, available scientific data, and especially the Global Technical Strategy for Malaria 2016-2030 and keenly consider the new information therein, which includes the following; under the Global Technical Strategy for Malaria 2016–2030, annual investment targets per person at risk of malaria have been estimated and are expected to increase by 2030. The total investment needed for malaria control and elimination is not expected to decrease before 2030, reflecting in part population growth in currently high-burden countries and the costs of surveillance in countries near elimination. Therefore, considering the urgent need to increase domestic and international funding for malaria and health more generally, the priority of policymakers should be to ensure the efficient use of currently available resources to maximize value for money by investing in the health workforce, implementing technological innovation surveillance, and strengthening health systems.
Do you have any message to pass across concerning malaria?
Malaria control and elimination strategy is not a myth but a reality and the meaningful participation of everyone living in endemic areas is essential. Therefore, all stakeholders should endeavor to understand what is needed in order to know their role.
Interviewed by Leocadia Bongben
By Elvis Patrick
Cameroon Post and Telecommunication Minister, Minette Libom Li Likeng has invited partners-organizations and institutions within the Commonwealth Alliance Digital Nations to partner in the digital sector to ensure internet connectivity for every Cameroonian.
Addressing the alliance, Libom Li Likeng shared the challenges of broadband connectivity in Cameroon and sought collaboration with potential international partners and sector members across the commonwealth to improve this situation.
Some of the challenges Cameroon is facing are the fast-growing digital environment that poses a challenge to regulation and the high cost of the internet for low-income persons in Cameroon.
Against this backdrop, the minister said the government has sought the expertise of international partners like the World Bank to help Cameroon to put in place an enabling environment that takes into consideration a converging technological landscape, the convergence of service delivery; companies and businesses to meet up with consumer demands.
She maintained that the government is committed to enhancing regulatory instruments; institutional and decisional capacity to attract sector investments and enhance digital trust through efficient cybersecurity measures as well as skills.
Post and Telecom minister maintained that the government is open to any form of partnership with countries, organizations, and institutions within the Commonwealth to ensure that every Cameroonian is connected.
The minister is amongst 20 ICT state ministers across the commonwealth, taking part in the first-ever ministerial alliance for Digital Nations, underway in London in the United Kingdom.
Minister Libom Li Likeng is accompanied by a high-level delegation of the ICT sector in Cameroon including the Telecommunications Regulatory Board-ART and Cameroon Telecommunications- CAMTEL.
The ministerial alliance for Digital Nations comes on the heels of the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation Digital Week which kicked off on February 20th with a forum chaired by Cameroon.
The Digital Week ends on Friday, February 24th with major decisions expected to be taken with regard to the management of the CTO where Cameroon is the sector Development partner and member of the council.
By Etienne Mainimo
The Indomitable Lions of Cameroon have bowed out of the ongoing World Cup in style defeating Brazil by 1-0.
The sensational and dramatic match puts Yaounde city dwellers on their feet as Vincent Aboubakar benefited from substitute Jerome Ngom’s cross to put Cameroon in the lead in stoppage time.
Despite a completely changed team, the Brazilians were seductive from the start, and this is also true for its public on fire. However, the lions were determined from the beginning right to the end.
Even though Cameroon came out victoriously, they failed to qualify for the next round of the competition as Switzerland beat Serbia 3-2 in another last-group match.
However, Cameroon has become the only African team to beat Brazil in the tournament face of the World Cup.
In the meantime, Vincent Aboubakar has become the first player to be shown a red card at the World Cup since Zinedine Zidane in 2006. Zidane was sent off after headbutting Marco Materazzi during a World Cup Match against Italy.
Aboubakar was shown the exit door after removing his shirt in celebration of his goal. He had earlier been booked for a cynical foul on Gabriel Martinelli in the second period of the game.
Worth noting is the smile from Aboubakar and the referee as he worked out of the pitch.
Devis Epassy, Man of the Match showed another side of his goalkeeping skills, after walking in the shadow of Andre Onana who took over as number one. Epassy qualified the Lions for the Africa Nations Cup when Andre Onana was suspended for taking an illicit substance.
Rigobert Song as a player in 2003 caused problems for Brazil and in 2022 as a coach, has led the Lions to beat Brazil, a nightmare for Brazil. Cameroon has broken the 20 years jinx to win a World Cup match.
By Etienne Mengnjo
Cameroon’s international and right-back defender, Collins Fai, says the team would do everything possible to win against Serbia when they meet them in the second group match of the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
Speaking during a press conference attended by the team’s coach Rigobert Song, Fai said, no mistakes will be allowed given that the slightest mistakes will be paid in cash.
“It is very important for us to show something different from what we did in the previous game. We must win to hope to go far in this tournament.”
“We are serene and we know what awaits us,” Fai continued indicating, “We know the level of Serbia. We are going to give everything so that we don’t have any regrets.”
According to Fai, “We don’t have any calculation to make; we just have to give everything to win this match. It is a high-level tournament; the slightest mistake will be paid in cash. We are determined, nothing has changed.”
Cameroon will face Serbia in a crucial must-win game in Qatar on Monday, November 28. In their first match, the Indomitable Lions lost to Switzerland 1-0.
Cameroon has also lost eight straight World Cup matches in a row. They are fighting to avoid equaling Mexico’s unwanted record of nine in that regard.
A win this Monday will spring up their next-round dream even though they will face Brazil in the last group match.
Green Development Advocates and Greenpeace Africa have slammed the Cameroon government for legal irregularities.
An analysis note published on October 26 highlights three irregularities concerning the attribution of five timber sales in favour of the CAMVERT project. This project is found within the national domain in Campo in the South Region.
This is a worrying development especially a few days before COP 27, in which Cameroon, as in previous years, intends to take part, the NGOs state.
Three violations of the law by the Minister of Forestry and Wildlife, Jules Doret Ndongo are: the sale of timber after the concession was already granted for the CAMVERT Project, logs outside the CAMVERT concessions verified and a concession of three years not renewable cautioned by a competent commission.
According to the forest defenders “the orders for the sale of timber were signed on February 16, 2022, whereas the provisional concession decree was signed on March 7, 2022 by the Head of State, giving Camvert the right to operate in the field. Indeed, according to the regulations, the opposite should have happened; in order to give a legal basis justifying the sales of logs at this period. The Minister has put the cart before the horse‘, says Aristide Chacgom, GDA coordinator.
Green DevelopmentAdvocates and Greenpeace wonder how the extension was justified when the decree was not signed.
Article 2 common to the various decrees states that the sales of cuttings result from the implementation of the CAMVERT SA palm grove extension project. “At this stage of the project, how and why can the extension be justified when, at the time of the signing of the decrees, the provisional concession had not even been awarded? The absurdity continued with the allocation of a single sale of salvage logging on the area (39,923 ha) that the President of the Republic would later allocate as a provisional concession. Verification by means of the GPS coordinates provided in the decrees shows that the other four sales of timber are outside the area allocated for exploitation by CAMVERT,” adds Aristide Chacgom.
The argument runs that f timber in the national domain are only attributed after three years after a competent commission has voiced its opinion.
“In the forests of the national domain, sales of timber are attributed after the opinion of a competent commission for a period of three (3) years, which is not renewable.” Contrary to this provision of paragraph 2 of article 55 of law N°94/01 of 20 January 1994 on the regime of forests, fauna and fisheries, Minister Jules Doret NDONGO has provided in his decrees in articles 13 and 14 that sales of timber are attributed for a period of one year with a renewal procedure. “When analyzing the practice of this ministerial department, it is certain that such a modification opens the door to manipulation of both volumes and attributable areas,” concludes Aristide Chacgom.
Greenpeace Forest Campaigner , Stella Tchoukep cautioned that, “It is necessary to stop deceiving Cameroonians, local communities and indigenous peoples whose lives depend on the forest; a few days before the climate conferences, we once again call on the Government of Cameroon to stop destroying forests in violation of the rights of local populations and its international commitments in relation to the fight against climate change.”
The indigenous people of the Congo Basin may once again walk short distances in the near future smiling as they move with baskets on their backs into forest to harvest herbs, fruit and wood like in the good old days before big agro-businesses and artisanal logging destroyed their habitat.
Reliving like before for the Bakas, Bageli and others would mean implementing the law passed by the European Union Parliament on September 13.
The law, bans the import of deforestation products into the European Union. Initially on palm oil, soya, coffee and wood, the law has now been extended to include rubber.
Henceforth, Timber from deforestation henceforth would no longer be accepted in the EU.
According to Greenpeace Africa, this is a victory for “local communities and indigenous peoples of the Congo Basin who suffer massive deforestation by rubber industries.
The law is timely, passed at a time when, “in Southern Cameroon, rubber company Sudcam has destroyed just over 11,000 ha of forest for its plantation and palm oil company Camvert continues to clear 40,000 ha of forest for its plantation, both done with total disregard for the disastrous impacts on the lives of local indigenous communities and biodiversity”, Greenpeace states.
In August Greenpeace organized a peaceful demonstration in front of the EU headquarters in Cameroon to demand that rubber be included in the list of commodities to be included in the into law.
“The wellbeing of indigenous people is constantly violated by agrobusinesses for the benefit of cultivation,” said Ranece Jovial Ndjeudja, Forest Campaigner at Greenpeace Africa.
The European Union will also consider a law opposing the financial facilities that are granted to agribusinesses by European banks,” he added.
“Greenpeace Africa calls world leaders, who are set to meet at major events to address climate change, to make decisions that prioritize the well-being of communities and the planet,” concluded Ranece Jovial Ndjeudja.
During Macron’s visit, president Biya could not hear the questions from journalists very well exposing his poor hearing ability.
President Biya maintained that he is not ready to hand over power despite his age, but ready to finish his mandate in 2025 and decide either to go to the village or stay on.
Macron maintained the need for dialogue to resolve the Anglophone crisis.
By By Brian Mboh
The Indomitable Lionesses of Cameroon’s head coach Gabriel Zabo Toze has officially made public the final list of 26 players expected to part-take in the 14th edition of the Women’s African Cup of Nations, slated for July 2-23rd in Morocco without the best goalkeeper of the local league, Marthe Ogmahan.
There is also a conspicuous absence of players from the English speaking regions of Cameroon such as Wanki Rita, Mpeh Bissong, Tantoh Melvis, Brenda Tabe, Bongben Confidence. However many argue that players from these regions lack the quality and do not play in any of the best championships out of the country.
The list comes up after the lionesses double header friendly encounters against their Senegalese counter parts. In the away-leg Nchout Njoya and mates had picked a 2-2 draw in Douala at the Bepanda Reunification Stadium on June 15. Meanwhile, on June 18, AS AWA ‘s Kevin Ossol scored the victory goal for the lionesses as the game ended on a one goal to zero score. The goal earned Kevin Ossol a place in the final list.
Absent from the just published list is Raissa Feudjio, bearer of an injury sustained during one of the lionesses training sessions. The second best scorer of the championship, Lamine Mana is also absent from the list.
Nchout Njoya Ajara and mates will be leaving the Douala International Airport this Monday for France, where they shall take on the French Women’s national selection in another friendly on June 25.
To join the team in France are Estelle Johnson, Gabrielle Aboudi Onguene, Michaela Ambam, Ndzana Collete, Ewodo Ekodo and Voulania Dabda .
The lionesses are lodged in pool B alongside Zambia, Togo and Tunisia. And will be facing their Zambian counters at the Mohamed V Stadium, in their first game.
Poetry and music spiced the celebration of Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee in Yaoundé as Cameroon joined the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth to mark the occasion.
“We are shaking and waking and breaking indifference
We are quaking and taking and making a difference”
These are the lines from Lemm Sassey’s poem full of imagery, rhyme and pace read by the High Commissioner’s wife. The Bastos Ensemble Chois music interpreted British and Cameroonian emblematic music .
Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II clocked 96 and marked her platinum jubilee on February 6. She became the first Monarch to celebrate a platinum jubilee.
Thus, it was an opportunity to celebrate her services to the people of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth.
“Known for her sense of duty and devotion to a life of service, she has been an important figurehead for the UK and the Commonwealth during times of enormous social change. During her reign, those changes have reverberated across the Commonwealth and here in Cameroon”, the British high commissioner to Cameroon, Christian Dennys McClure captured the import of the queen.
The celebration of the platinum jubilee was an occasion to revisit the UK -Cameroon collaboration in the area of the Commonwealth Points of Light Award that honours young people with incredible talent. This year Xaviera Kowo a robotics enthusiast developed a waste disposal robot.
Through the prestigious Chevening Scholarship, every year the British High commission enables Cameroonians to pursue a masters in a UK university of their choice and 12 would commence theirs this September.
The Commonwealth Games are equally and avenue for iconic celebration of sports, promoting values of humanity, equality, fairness and inclusion. This year Birmingham is waiting to welcome the Cameroonian delegation.
It was also an occasion to revisit the economic cooperation ties between Cameroon and Britain, which increased to 312 million pounds in 2021.
The ceremony was attended by government officials and top personalities of different background among them the Tech Entrepreneur, Rebecca Enonchong.
By Elvis Patrick
Joel Matip has taken to his Facebook page to say he is considering a return to Lion’s den, but, “All I want is just seriousness that’s all”, he says.
Since Samuel Eto’o Fils became the president of the Cameroon Football Federation, efforts to bring back Joel Matip have multiplied. Appointed the new coach, Rigobert Song has equally made moves for Matip to come back to the den. Many before them have tried in vain.
Joel Matip who last played for Cameroon during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil turned his back on Cameroon due to what he termed ‘mismanagement issues’ in the national team.
Though he is considering a return he still maintains, ” All I want is just seriousness that’s all”.
“I admire a lot of what my big brothers Samuel Eto’o and Rigobert Song are doing for our country, to be honest with you, I have a lot of love for our country and den 🦁 I don’t have a Ballon d’Or yet though I deserve it too, hence I asked for some time to think about the call of big brother Song to be part of the World Cup squad”, Matip says.
Matip concludes, “I will give my vertical in October 2022, promise you”.
Though there have been reports that Song had secured a return for the Liverpool defender, Matip seems to still take his time to observe if things have changed at the football federation.
Matip is in top form having won the FA Cup with Liverpool and scoring even as a defender.