May 20th Civilian Match Past: Effervescence Mounts

Youth Affairs and Civic Education Minister, Mounouna Foutsou presided at the rehearsal on May 11, 2022 at the Ngoa-Ekelle Reunification Boulevard.

Ahead of commemorative activities to mark the 50th anniversary of the unitary State of Cameroon, usually concluded by a civilian-military match past, preparations to that effect have been intensified. The Minister of Youth Affairs and Civic Education, Mounouna Foutsou has supervised civilian match past at the Reunification Boulevard at Ngoa-Ekelle on May 11, 2022, in the presence of the Minister of the Women’s Empowerment and the Family, Marie Thérèse Abena Ondoa.

As per the rehearsal, the civilian match past will comprise nine different modules. The first unit is the introductory component of the non-military personnel. It is introduced by two ladies each holding the national flag followed by a bilingual banner announcing the civilian match past in English and French. Then comes a giant national flag held by 36 adult boys (12 by two on the length and six by two on the width). An effigy of the Head of State is equally in the introductory phase, closely followed by banners announcing the theme of this year’s celebration in the two official languages. Messages of peace, unity and social cohesion are held by those not carrying any of the aforementioned symbols. Educational institutions then file past beginning with basic education. A total of 14 primary schools (two from each subdivision) match past in blocks of seven by ten in the second unit. They chant songs in both English and French in the words “We are your people, young Cameroonians. Together, let us build our dear country in peace and unity.” Those of the secondary education, in blocks and numbers akin to those of the primary education, also sing in the...

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