The crowd that turned out at the Manga Williams Avenue on Friday for this year’s 45th National Youth Day celebration was impressive. Under the theme “Youths and the consolidation of the achievements of the Reunification of Cameroon,” it was an occasion that shall remain indelible in the annals of Limbe.
Under the distinguished patronage of the Senior Divisional Officer for Fako, Mr. Bona Ebengue Francois, the occasion proper kicked off at about 9:50 am with his arrival at the Manga Williams Avenue.
He was received by the Divisional Delegate of Youth Affairs, the Divisional Officers of Limbe I and II, the Government Delegate Limbe City Council and the “Commandant d’Armes” Limbe.
Then followed the singing of the national anthem and a rebroadcast of the Head of State’s message to the youths. This was then followed by a colourful march past that started at 10 am and lasted for almost three hours.
Primary, secondary schools and other institutions of learning answered present and carried banners with messages that revolved on national unity, nation building, youth employment, the fight against HIV/AIDS, responsible citizenship, etc.
Only the CPDM Party marched past in this year’s celebrations. Conspicuous at the official grand stand was Cameroon’s former Prime Minister Chief Ephraim Inoni. The day’s event was crowned by football finals at the Centenary Stadium and the award of prizes to school pupils who excelled in various disciplines.
It should be recalled that prior to Friday’s Youth Day celebrations, there were weeklong socio-cultural activities such as manual labour, beauty parades, traditional dances, etc. On February 10, 2011, there was a Unity March led by the SDO himself.
In this entourage were administrative authorities, economic operators, school leaders, heads of some legalized political parties, mayors, members of the civil society, etc.
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