Cameroonian Toghu fabric controversy at Brazil 2016 Olympics

Cameroonian athletes have already landed their first gold medal at the Brazil 2016 Olympics – Best Dressed Team. The Cameroonian Toghu fabric has received worldwide praise for its artistic blend of quality and originality. Toghu attire originates from Bamenda in the North West Region of Cameroon. This same outfit was worn by the team at the London 2012 Olympic games.

Close sources hold that the contact to dress the Cameroon Olympic team was given to renowned local artist Afo-Akom who is well known as a Cameroon cultural icon. This has also raised questions as to why the same fabric was used twice, citing that there are over 200 ethnic groups in the country. Some critics believe it should have gone to either the Bamilekes of the West region or the Duala people of the Littoral region.

 

Bamileke traditional attire
Sawa traditional attire

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cameroon is scheduled to compete at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 5 to 21 August 2016. This will be the nation’s fourteenth consecutive appearance at the Summer Olympics. Cameroonian athletes will compete in the following athletics events:

Boxing
Men’s light fly 49 kg
Round of 32

Volleyball
Women’s tournament
Pool A

Boxing
Men’s light heavy 81 kg
Round of 32

Volleyball
Women’s tournament
Pool A

Boxing
Men’s middle 75 kg
Round of 32


POLL:

Which attire do you prefer most:

A – Bamenda Toghu attire

B – Bamileke traditional attire

C – Sawa traditional attire

 

Let’s hear what you think!

 

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