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.