By Chris Mbunwe
Holding under the theme, “Reconnecting to our roots, reviving cultural values and enhancing peaceful co-existence for socio-economic empowerment of Bamenda III municipality,” the Mayor of Bamenda III Council, Cletus Fonguh Tanwie, while talking to journalists at a press conference on Thursday, October 21, justified that the “theme is timely considering the challenges facing our culture and cultural institutions at this time.”
“During this festival, therefore, we hope to celebrate the rich, unique and diverse cultural potentials of the Bamenda III municipality. It shall also be a forum for us to appreciate, promote and preserve our cultures,” Cletus Fonguh said.
For three days, the Festival of Heritage Arts and Cultures, FEHACU, all aspects of culture like music, attire, craft, dance, food, and much more will be on display with the sole intention to enrich “the lives of our guests and most importantly our people”. All of these have been done after consultation with the Fondoms of Nkwen and Ndzah including the population of Bamenda III municipality.
According to Mayor Fonguh, as a prerequisite for stability and development, it is their wish that this festival will be an avenue to enable interactions between the different communities and cultures that are found home in Bamenda III Municipality in a manner that will create deeper understanding, appreciation and accommodation of each other. This will help strengthen the sense of identity “for our municipality and by that same token enhancing peace, stability and cohesion between all residents of Bamenda III.”
This festival, Mayor Fonguh says, will be one of the biggest in the recent past, given thousands of attendees will troop in from Bamenda, and beyond. Registration by groups and individuals for free, which was declared this Oct 21, will end Nov 15. He called on people of goodwill to donate prizes to the best participants and individuals because these prizes will help the internally displaced as well as people living with disabilities.