Make Something Happen – Douala

December 25th, 2016 by admin Categories: Cameroon Architecture Cameroun Destinations Field Study Research Jengu Health Traditions Mobile Public History Programming No Responses

Day Two, – Orientation – A Tribe Called Quest released the 2 CD set, We got it from Here…Thank You 4 Your service 

Day Three  – Exploration, Planning, Tributes.

On the ground, introduction and adjustment to Douala, the time zone, Sawa culture, protocol and traditions.

These were memorable days, filled with many firsts and the grooving rhythms of the latest ATCQ sounds.

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Canton Bell. Tribute to the Ancestors.

 

Vault of Douala Manga Bell

 

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Canton Bell. Learning the history, the geography. Understanding the course of events.

 

Canton Bell

Canton Bell. Acknowledging the significance of image, identity and cultural sovereignty.

 

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Canton Bell. Acknowledging the significance of image, identity and cultural sovereignty.

 

Canton Bell

Canton Bell. Acknowledging the significance of image, identity and cultural sovereignty.

 

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Canton Bell. Acknowledging the significance of image, identity and cultural sovereignty.

 

Canton Bell.

Canton Bell. Acknowledging the significance of image, identity and cultural sovereignty.

 

Upscale Apartment House Living in Bonapriso, Douala, Cameroon. Multi story, brick fascade, balconies, ironwork and decorative ornamentation are popular characteristics of modern architectural design in Douala.

Upscale Apartment House Living in Bonapriso, Douala, Cameroon.

Multi story floor plans, brick masonry facade, balconies, elaborate ironwork, border walls and gates are typical decorative ornamentation that are popular characteristics of modern architectural design in Douala.

Pictured on the lower left is a man washing his hands at a water spigot. It is customary for affluent property owners to provide a water spigot for public use, outside the gates of the property.

Many apartment houses are mixed use family compound; income property. Many upscale apartment houses enjoy impressive monthly rental revenues and appear to be sound real estate investments.

Traditionally called Canton Bell, the traditional community extends from Bali to Bonapriso, including Bonanjo, Bonaduma.

Traditionally called Canton Bell, the traditional community extends from Bali to Bonapriso, including Bonanjo, Bonaduma.

 

Akwa Palace, the home of Dika Akwa, Legal Anthropology Scholar, (1933 - 1995). Documentarian of Sawa culture, traditions and Nile Valley cultural retentions in Cameroon.

Akwa Palace, the home of Dika Akwa, Legal Anthropologist, (1933 – 1995).
Researcher, Preservationist of Sawa culture, traditions and Nile Valley cultural retentions in Cameroon.

 

Akwa Palace, the home of Dika Akwa, Legal Anthropology Scholar, (1933 - 1995). Documentarian of Sawa culture, traditions and Nile Valley cultural retentions in Cameroon.

Akwa Palace, the home of Dika Akwa, Legal Anthropologist, (1933 – 1995).
Researcher, Preservationist of Sawa culture, traditions and Nile Valley cultural retentions in Cameroon.

 

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On the move: Bali, Akwa, Deido – Douala.

 

On the move: Bali, Akwa, Deido - Douala.

On the move: Bali, Akwa, Deido – Douala.

 

On the Move. Bali, Akwa, Deido - Douala.

On the Move.
Bali, Akwa, Deido – Douala.

On the move: Bali, Akwa, Deido - Douala.

On the move: Bali, Akwa, Deido – Douala.

Contemporary Douala is a vibrant city. Major construction is taking place everywhere. Growth and development projects are in progress throughout Douala.

Contemporary Douala is a vibrant city.
Major construction is taking place everywhere.
Growth and development projects are in progress throughout Douala.

 

Contemporary Douala is a vibrant city. Major construction is taking place everywhere. Growth and development projects are in evidence throughout the Douala.

Contemporary Douala is a vibrant city.
Major construction is taking place everywhere.
Growth and development projects are in progress throughout Douala.

 

Contemporary Douala is a vibrant city. Major construction is taking place everywhere. Growth and development projects are in progress throughout Douala.

Contemporary Douala is a vibrant city.
Major construction is taking place everywhere.
Growth and development projects are in progress throughout Douala.

Contemporary Douala is a vibrant city. Major construction is taking place in everywhere. Growth and development projects are in progress in all communities throughout Douala.

Contemporary Douala is a vibrant city.
Major construction is taking place in everywhere.
Growth and development projects are in progress in all communities throughout Douala.

 

Contemporary Douala is a vibrant city. Major construction is taking place everywhere. Growth and development projects are in progress throughout every community in Douala.

Contemporary Douala is a vibrant city.
Major construction is taking place everywhere.
Growth and development projects are in progress throughout every community in Douala.

 

Contemporary Douala is a vibrant city. Major construction is taking place everywhere. Growth and development projects are in progress throughout every community in Douala.

Contemporary Douala is a vibrant city.
Major construction is taking place everywhere.
Growth and development projects are in progress throughout every community in Douala.

 

Contemporary Douala is a vibrant city. Major construction is taking place everywhere. Growth and development projects are in progress throughout every community in Douala.

Contemporary Douala is a vibrant city.
Major construction is taking place everywhere.
Growth and development projects are in progress throughout every community in Douala.

Contemporary Douala is a vibrant city. Major construction is taking place everywhere. Growth and development projects are in progress throughout every community in Douala.

Contemporary Douala is a vibrant city.
Major construction is taking place everywhere.
Growth and development projects are in progress throughout every community in Douala.

Contemporary Douala is a vibrant city. Major construction is taking place everywhere. Growth and development projects are in progress throughout every community in Douala.

Contemporary Douala is a vibrant city.
Major construction is taking place everywhere.
Growth and development projects are in progress throughout every community in Douala.

Contemporary Douala is a vibrant city. Major construction is taking place everywhere. Growth and development projects are in progress throughout every community in Douala.

Contemporary Douala is a vibrant city.
Major construction is taking place everywhere.
Growth and development projects are in progress throughout every community in Douala.

Contemporary Douala is a vibrant city. Major construction is taking place everywhere. Growth and development projects are in progress throughout every community in Douala.

Contemporary Douala is a vibrant city.
Major construction is taking place everywhere.
Growth and development projects are in progress throughout every community in Douala.

 

Contemporary Douala is a vibrant city. Major construction is taking place everywhere. Growth and development projects are in progress throughout every community in Douala.

Contemporary Douala is a vibrant city.
Major construction is taking place everywhere.
Growth and development projects are in progress throughout every community in Douala.

 

 

Moving through Douala traffic is no joke. #gooddriver

Contemporary Douala is a vibrant city.
Moving through Douala traffic is no joke. #gooddriver

 

Preservation of Sawa culture, lineage and traditions is competitive sport. Sawa villages in Douala, host competitions in pursuit of excellence and recognition at the annual Ngondo Festival, first Sunday in December.

Yes! Right on!

 

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Preservation of Sawa culture, lineage and traditions is sport. Sawa villages in Douala, host competitions in pursuit of excellence and recognition at the annual Ngondo Festival, first Sunday in December. Yes! Right on!

 

Received by the Mangon of the Canton Bell King, I was humbled to be in the presence of this regal lady. Blessed beyond measure.

Saturday Night in Douala. Received by the Mangon of the Canton Bell King.
High honor to extend warm greetings and be in the presence of an important royal elder.
Blessed beyond measure. Canton Bell, Douala, Cameroon.