On the road of Chiefdoms (Photo gallery)
“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” Marcus Garvey
Cameroon, as a country that still counts many traditional chiefs who hold power over their regions, and who are in some way guardians of the cultural heritage, it is an interesting country due to cultural diversity that is present. That is why the project “La Route des Chefferies” (The road of chiefdoms) has been created. It is a cultural and tourism development program, aimed at getting people to re-appropriate their heritage while contributing to their economic and social development.
Implemented by ASSOCIATION PAYS DE LA LOIRE CAMEROUN and funded by the European Union, the project has been able to create Regional Tourism Office, 17 heritage inventories made, a national museum and 12 open community museums (called Cases patrimoniales) in both the North-West and West region of Cameroon, a region that now welcomes 20,200 visitors per year on average.
I was very fortunate to visit 7 of these community museums, Baham, Bamendjida, Bamougoum, Bandjoun, Bapa, Batoufam, and Foumban which are all located in chiefdom palaces, and the national museum located at Tchang.
What is even more interesting is that each of these museum has a speciality that represents the people of where it is located. Here are some snapshots of what the museums look like, but of course, this is something you don’t want to miss if some day you happen to visit Cameroon, and I promise you won’t regret.