Monday 2 November 2020

Catholic Church, Ngaoundere (Cameroon, 1982?)

So 1982 is my best guess on the year for this one, as it was the year that the Catholic diocese in Ngaoundere was created. Since that time, there have only been three Bishops – it’s a job that seems to endure. The current incumbent is Bishop Emannuel Abbo. Evangelists only arrived in Ngaoundere area in the 1950s – it’s one of those joining-up places that connects the south and north of Cameroon through its transport infrastructure (I realise while editing that the word I needed was “crossroads”). Its population has also spiralled from 200,000 to over 1 million in around 15 years, in part because of mass immigration from the Central African Republic and in part because of fear of Boko Haram who operate in the north of Cameroon.

All we really see of Cameroon here in the UK is periodic appearances by its (great) football team in major international tournaments. It looks to be home to some beautiful and diverse landscape, but is sadly also defined by political unrest and upheaval. I’m sure the same could be said for many nations so I’m going to counterbalance the negative with a link below to a list of Cameroonian artists.

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