FINALLY, A BALL IN NEW YORK
By Franck Felix Gutenberg, US Africa News. Updated 2014-04-11
For the fiftieth anniversary of Cameroon’s reunification: The entire Cameroonian community is invited on April 15th
For the first time since the beginning of this year, of Cameroon Ambassador to the United Nations, Michel Tomo Monthé, surrounded by close aides, met with officials of the various associations of Cameroonians from the States of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut on April 1. The purpose of this meeting, which lasted over two hours, was to fine tune preparations for the ball celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the reunification of Cameroon. The long-awaited event will take place April 15 in one of the banquets rooms of the of the Permanent Headquarters of the United Nations in New York. In preparation for the event, Michel Tomo Monthé is passing the word to the entire Cameroonian community to come take part in the feast.
In 1952, Ruben Um Nyobé speaking before the UN Security Council, was the first Cameroonian to pronounce the words “reunification of Cameroon” at a major forum, at a time when the country was still divided into two parts, shared between France and Great Britain since the German defeat in the First World War. Thus, one can say that New York played a role in the fight for the reunification of Cameroon. And, as such, it was one of the sites chosen by the Comité Nationale d’Organisation du Cinquantenaire for the conduct of the festivities. But New York has the special role of hosting the ball. New York is also where the activities celebrating the 50th anniversary of reunification were launched last October, all part of a series of conferences debating topics such as " figures who left their mark on the reunification of Cameroon", and "the contribution of the diaspora to the development of Cameroon".
In Cameroon, the reunion’s fiftieth anniversary celebrations took place on February 20 in Buea. President Paul Biya personally attended.