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Monday, December 21, 2009

The Fon du Mankon!

The Mankon Palace gate
Claire with the traditional dress

We are the Mankonians!

Bowing and clapping 3 times is how to show respect to the Fon
Fo Angwafo III S.A.N
The mankon traditional dance
The gun salute. You can see the real Elephant tusk an entrance to the Fon throne.
The Horse show
The Fon and the steer horn

Beautiful kids
Claire and the d'jambe
Dancing to the beat of the d'jambe
Claire's new found friends

Accident along the way
Two pig sunbathing on the bus roof top
Car Loaded with plantain and banana

Just one of the many beautiful view (overlooking) of Bamenda

We just took a 3 day trip to the North West province of Cameroon. A very interesting experience and a fun time. The embassy got an invitation to attend the 50th year celebration of the Fon du Mankon in Bamenda. We left Yaounde Friday morning and got to Bamenda late afternoon...we went on convoy which makes our trip more fun. A very long drive along some very bad roads! We checked in at Ayaba hotel...our stay at that hotel is really something to laugh about and we learned our lesson never to stay there again! On Saturday we all dressed up and headed for the festival. We got to sit in the covered area with all the local officials and other foreign representatives. Things got off to a late start due to the late arrival of the governor, but it was very interesting to watch and learn. Lots of dancing and shooting of guns! Even the Fon got into the act a little bit. The people were very nice and were happy to see us there. We left and went to grab a late lunch which was another experience in itself...some of us ordered sandwhiches off the menu and it took an hour to get them! For sandwiches! We also were invited to dinner with the Secretary of Health which made up for the sandwiches! On Sunday we stopped at Prespot Pottery before heading home and bought a few things. Then we began the long drive back to Yaounde...finally arriving just after 7pm. We were all quite exhausted from the weekend, but glad we did it and not to mention our car is covered in dirt and dust. We wish Fon Angwafo III S.A.N and the people from Mankon continued success!!



Royster said...

Misplaced that last comment ... sorry!

Welcome back to the blogosphere. Great pictures from a trip to ... remember?

We'll have to update from EG. Happy New Year!

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