Cleveland Cameroon community at Cleveland Multicultural Event
The Cleveland Cameroon Community was represented at the 7th annual International Community Council - Worldwide Intercultural Network (ICC-WIN) holiday party on December 14, 2016.
120 people participated in the fashion show and each walked the runway to music from their country. Click on the white arrow to watch the short video of the Cameroon models 1. Kulling Abi, Sara Abi, Elias Mbelem and Immaculate Mbelem.
A highlight of the 6th annual Holiday Celebration of Cleveland's Diversity held in the atrium of the Global Center for Health Innovation in the Cleveland Convention Center by the International Community Council-Worldwide Intercultural Network (ICC-WIN) was the multicultural fashion show.
Models Kulling Abi, Sara Abi, Joseph Mweke, Julie Mweke, Tom Ashu and Judith Ngala.
The Bakweri traditional attire-consist of the men sanja tied round the waist with two overlapping edges by the sides called masu'u topped by a long sleeve white shirt, a head scarf around the neck the men. The women wear "Kabba".This attire is unique with all the coastal region of Cameroon.
The Bamenda traditional regalia is made using a needle and various colors of wool fibers. Various design exist with the traditional rulers having a unique design. It represent sign of power and influence in society. It is a common attire during special celebrations. Many design exist with that of the people natural custodian, the Fons having a sun symbol in front and behind, which signifies benevolent authority shines over the territory of their jurisdiction with generosity like the sun.
Members of the Cameroonian community of Cleveland took aprt in the 2015 Multicultural Fashion Show put on by the International Community Council - Worldwide Intercultural Network (ICC-WIN) at the Global Center for Health Innovation in Cleveland.
Watch them model traditional clothing of Cameroon in this video clip.
Organizations and Resources for Cameroonians in Cleveland
French Cameroon became independent in 1960 as the Republic of Cameroon. The following year the southern portion of neighboring British Cameroon voted to merge with the new country to form the Federal Republic of Cameroon.
In 1972, a new constitution replaced the federation with a unitary state, the United Republic of Cameroon. The country has generally enjoyed stability, which has enabled the development of agriculture, roads, and railways, as well as a petroleum industry. Despite slow movement toward democratic reform, political power remains firmly in the hands of President Paul Biya.