The Association of Cameroonians in Göteborg (ASSOCABORG) celebrated rich cultural heritage during the Midsummer Eve 2012 in Gothenburg, Sweden. The celebration started in the evening with a traditional Njang dance from the Northwest region of Cameroon. This was closely followed by a dance from the Sawa people of Cameroon. There were also two masquerades from the Manyu and Grassland regions.
The Cultural heritage gathering has been a yearly event since 2007 by the Cameroonian community in Gothenburg which usually take place on the eve of Midsummer Day in Sweden. The uniqueness of this year cultural night was the inclusion of many more cultural values of the Cameroonians like Sawa dance and Manyu masquerades which showcased the cultural diversities of the motherland, Africa. However, the primary goal of this particular night was to raise funds to purchase drums and other musical instruments to complement the materials needed for the cultural costume.
The Grand Cultural Evening was divided into three parts. The first section of the evening was the presentation of traditional dance group from Cameroon. Although there were over 250 different tribes in Cameroon, they were able to present just 4 out of these tribes and the ASSOCABORG hopes to present more tribes in subsequent years with the assistance of good organizations and companies that will be interested in cultural diversities. The night then progressed to refreshments with traditional Cameroonian dishes for guests and ended with an all night gala.
It was a memorable evening which was sponsored by Studieförbundet Vuxenskolan and covered by Skandik Afrik. Watch the summary of the traditional dance, see the Cameroonians living in Gothenburg in their beautiful traditional dresses and some handicrafts in display at the Grand Cultural night.
Some of the members of ASSOCABORG at the Cultural Night
Some of the handicrafts on display
Pascaline Bih, the presenter for the evening Epezitone Ebong in Bakossi traditional attire
Sawa traditional dance from Southwest Njang dance from Northwest part of Cameroon
President of ASSOCABORG Mr George and President of NFA in Gothenburg
Cross section of people at the Cultural Night.
Some of African wares on display for Sale at the venue
Obasinjom masquerade dancing
Article written by; Yongabi George Tala
Photograph by; Katrin Nilsson and Stefan Surya Andersson.
Video by; Gloria Matuka
Edited by ; Kenneth Fagbe