The Bamenda Story – the North West and its People by Collins Mazu

I would like to share with you ‘The Bamenda Story – the North West and its people.

I did my secondary and high school studies in the North West Province. I have done my fair share of travel around what I perceive as the world and I am now settled in Limbe – the South West Region.

Over the years I have met many people who see the North West region as a backward place. Some refer to North Westerners as Nigerians. It is truly sad when such negative or derogatory descriptions of the North West Region are made by those who originated from the Region. It’s similar to Cameroonians in the diaspora who condemn the nation not out of love but just out of some kind of alien pride – since they happen to live in a so-called better country.

There was a project to rebrand Bamenda a few years ago called Project New Bamenda. I must again appreciate those who were behind it.

In the past two years, I have made many trips to Bamenda and each time I am humbled and amazed by the level of hard work and development I see. I also see a huge potential for economic development in the Region, especially if there is more business collaboration between economic players within this Region.

My message of collaboration has been preached through the hosting (by my company 25-45 Business Consulting Plc) of business networking events in Buea and Limbe – they say charity begins at home. The South West Region is currently my immediate home. Bamenda is my natural home.

I am calling the planned networking event scheduled that is to take place in Bamenda on the 7th of October 2016, “THE HOME COMING”. If the nation of Cameroon has to grow, then Cameroonians need to bite the bullet and work towards its growth and not shy away. The same is true for the North West Region and Bamenda.

I want to give a big shout out to the many young Cameroonians that are making remarkable efforts towards the growth of the North West Region, despite its derogatory tags. I can think of the following names: Azenwi Ngwi, Achiri Donald, Adah Atoh, Derrick Musing, Daniel Kenji, Penjo Baba, Musi Wa, Tebo Berinyuy, Mokom Njang, Roland Fomumdam, Ntumgia Walters, Mbah Emmanuel, Comy Musa, Fombi Ruth, etc, etc. Please don’t be offended if I didn’t mention you by name.

I AM CALLING ON ALL OF YOU TO JOIN ME IN DEVELOPING A PLATFORM ON WHICH WE CAN SHOW CASE THE GREAT WORKS THAT ARE BEING DONE IN BAMENDA AS WELL AS COLLABORATE TO ACHIEVE BETTER RESULTS.

We will need leads from the various economic sectors in Bamenda: Agriculture, commerce, manufacturing, service industry, music, movies, etc. We are happy to announce that we already have volunteers who are poised to make this event a success but we will need more.

Event Name: Business Networking (THE HOME COMING)

Venue: Congress Hall, Bamenda.

Date and time: 7th October 2016 at 6:30 pm

By Collins Mazu

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