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UB Partners With Kings College London To Celebrate Africa Week

by Atlantic Chronicles

By Didier Vernyuy Yangeh

In a dynamic pursuit of peace and the celebration of African culture, the Faculty of Laws and Political Science at the University of Buea, UB, partnered with the African Leadership Centre, Kings College London, for the Africa Week celebration. This event, held on March 7 on the UB premises, centred around the theme: “Local Leaders and Sustaining Peace in Africa.”

The gathering addressed pressing issues affecting African peace and culture. Shockingly, a report highlighted that 4 percent of Cameroonian languages have disappeared since 1950; 7 percent are threatened and 10 percent are neglected. To counteract this trend, the Faculty encouraged students to belong to cultural groups, foster collaboration to support each other and promote the preservation of African culture. An example of such cultural groups is the Nso All Students Union.

During the presentations, the Anglophone conflict in Cameroon was dissected, shedding light on the complexities faced by African leaders. The Dean of UB’s the Faculty of Laws and Political Science, Prof Atangcho Akonumbo, emphasised the challenges local leaders encounter, hindering their role as peace builders and implementers of traditional conflict resolution mechanisms. “As a consequence of the conflict, traditional rulers have been deprived of their statues and authority within their jurisdiction. Some have even fled their palaces, posing challenges in governing their subjects from a distant location, it was noted.”

The event also aimed to both entertain and educate, featuring a simulation story that showcased the crucial role local leaders play in traditional conflict resolution. Godwill Mbuwul, a participant, emphasised the need for capacity-building workshops for local leaders to integrate contemporary conflict resolution strategies with traditional methods for more effective outcomes.

Traditional dances captivated attendees, transcending ethnic backgrounds and encouraging everyone to join in the celebration. Art paintings and African regalia displays by students further enriched the cultural experience. “Events like this remind us how beautiful the African culture and people are,” said Wirba Beldrine.

Sakinatou Adamu, a student studying peace processes and conflict resolution, expressed gratitude for gaining knowledge from experienced professionals during the collaboration. The partnership not only provided students with a broader understanding of global issues but also recognised excellence, with Prof Atangcho Akonumbo awarding a postgraduate student for a well-crafted dissertation on contemporary conflicts in Cameroon.

The event celebrated diversity, encouraged collaboration, and underscored the vital role of local leaders in sustaining peace in Africa, leaving participants inspired and with a deeper appreciation for their cultural heritage.

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