Tuesday, November 4, 2014


Cameroon is one of those rare countries that was colonized by more than one colonial ruler namely the Germans, British and the French.

The dark orange represents the German Kamerun, The dark red the British Cameroons, the dark blue the French Cameroun and the dark green the Republic of Cameroon. 

French Cameroun gained independence first on the 1st of January in 1960 as the La Republique du Cameroun. The northern two thirds of the British cameroons who were mainly Muslims opted to join Nigeria while the southern Cameroons voted to join with the republic of Cameroon thus becoming the Federal Republic of Cameroon. 

Its first chosen president was Ahmadou Ahidjo in 1961. He was in power for 21 years and in !982 he willingly stepped down for his successor Paul Biya. As one can imagine for those 21 years many were loyal to him and as such he was believed to have been behind the 1984 attempted coup which led to the death of approximately 71-1,000 people. As a result Ahmadou was exiled to France and later died in Senegal. 

Paul Biya is the second president of Cameroon. His been in power since 1982. For the past 32 years they've been elections that he has won. His wife Chantal Biya is famously known for Her hairstyles.

His wife Chantal Biya and is famously known for her hairstyles which during the recent African summit in the America an article about it was published in the Washington post. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/reliable-source/wp/2014/08/04/the-first-lady-of-cameroon-and-her-hair-have-touched-down-in-d-c/

Cameroon fashion has been noticed across the globe with the embassy of Cameroon being present during the African Fashion Week an event which was organized by a Cameroonian designer Miss Diana Tambe. The designer that intrigued me the most from Cameroon was Patou Manga. He showcased his work in Amsterdam during the African Fashion Week. The United Fashion for Peace referred to his work as Dandy Urban style. His style is popularly known as the Patou style.  http://webzine.unitedfashionforpeace.com/ethical-fashion-trends/patou-manga-dandy-urban-style/#.VFkHkBYQv1U

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