Paul Biya says NO to the return of the rest of Ahidjo but YES to cultural objects illegally released

Paul Biya says NO to the return of the rest of Ahidjo but YES to cultural objects illegally released

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May 28, 2022 0

Paul Biya says NO to the return of the rest of Ahidjo but YES to cultural objects illegally released

The information creates mixed reactions within the public. But it is still good news for Cameroonian culture. Indeed, on the high instructions of Paul Biya , Prime Minister and Head of Government Joseph Dion Ngute instructed the Minister of Arts and Culture to initiate procedures for the return to Cameroon of cultural objects illegally taken out of the country.

“This decision comes at a time when Cameroon has submitted requests to the competent authorities for the inclusion of certain local cultural events and mixed material assets on the list of world and intangible heritage, like the Nguon.
Without these objects, Cameroon risks seeing its requests rejected and its name excluded from the list”, published the colleague ABK-Info.

Except that this good news does not delight everyone. Some believe that the President of the Republic should start with the repatriation of the remains of Cameroon’s first president, Ahmadou Ahidjo. Indeed, dead in exile, after staying then between France, Spain and Senegal during these events, he never returned to Cameroon and settled in Senegal where he died of a heart attack on November 30. 1989. He is buried in the Bakhiya de Yoff cemetery, the largest Muslim cemetery in Dakar.

Cameroonians think thatPaul Biya would do useful work by bringing the rest of his remains back to Cameroon before thinking about cultural objects.

Remember that the first Cameroonian museum was created in 1922 by Sultan Njoya inside the palace of Foumban in order to establish his power against the French and to recall the history of the Bamum kingdom. In response, the French commissioned an interpreter who converted to Christianity, Mosé Yeyap, to create a center called “artisanship”, bringing together artists who had worked for the king. At the time, we were in the midst of colonization. Art serves political ambitions. A second wave of privately initiated museums emerges when colonization ends

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