National Day Celebrations in Holland Hailed as Exceptional & Successful

photo SA ambNational Day Celebration 2013 in the Netherlands has been generally hailed as very successful and exceptional. This year the Cameroonian Embassy in The Hague under the direction of her Excellency Ambassador Mrs. Odette Melono organized a week’s long activities to commemorate Cameroon’s 41st National Day Celebrations from lasting 18th to 24th May 2013.

Outdoor Activities (18th May 2013)

Official Opening and ‘Kick off’

On Saturday 18th May 2013, the Zuider Park (South Park) in the city of The Hague attracted hundreds of Cameroonians and their children as well as friends of Cameroonians to a memorable Saturday full of exciting activities.

The day officially started with the arrival of Cameroon’s Ambassador to the Netherlands Her Excellency Mrs. Odette Melono. After officially opening the event, she inspected the cultural exhibition stands, the children sport and amusement park and the History of Cameroon Exhibition Section before taking the ‘kick off’ to set the ball rolling for the Reunification Football Cup 2013 Tournament.

Football: Reunification Cup 2013 Football Tournament

The football tournament organized by CAMNED President Mrs. Tabue Marcelle Magne in collaboration with the Embassy brought together teams of Cameroonians from several cities in the Netherlands. After a full day of competitive matches, Rotterdam and Leeuwarden teams emerged as finalists. Following a tense final watched by Her Excellency Mrs. Odette Melono, Rotterdam team emerged as winner of the Reunification Football Cup 2013.

Children Activities (Sport & Amusement)

With the expertise of Mr. Leopold Foussom of the Bafangkids Foundation in collaboration with Cameroonian Embassy the Hague and a few volunteers, the children activities were a great success. The excitement and joy on the faces of the children who participated could not be missed. The Activities included: Boarding Football; Inflatable Amusement; Badminton; Mini-Tennis; Unihockey (Floorball); Paddle Tennis, football etc. The children were of Cameroonian parents and of friends of Cameroon.

Cameroonian Cultural and Tourism Outdoor Exhibitions

Several kiosks were mounted representing four (4) major cultural and traditional groups in Cameroon, namely: West and North West Regions; Littoral and South West Regions; Adamawa and North Regions; Centre, South and East regions. These kiosks displayed cultural and tourism exhibitions to include: Cultural wears, food and drinks, works of arts, regional music, signs and symbols etc. The kiosks became one of the main highlights of the day as many visitors lined-up to taste Cameroon’s traditional foods. There was Cameroonian beer, Palm wine and the unforgettable Cameroonian ‘Suya’ prepared on the spot by representatives from Adamawa and North Regions.

History of Cameroon Exhibition

A slide show exhibition of the History of Cameroon focusing on the Reunification was mounted and managed by Mr. Chibili Michael of the Catholic University of Leeuwarden in collaboration with the Embassy. Visitors were also allowed to take part in a short history of Cameroon quiz for which winners were awarded medals on the Gala Night on 24th May.

National Day Diplomatic Reception (21 May 2013)

The Cameroonian Ambassador to the Netherlands, Her Excellency Mrs. Odette Melono on Tuesday 21st May 2012 hosted a diplomatic reception at the Hilton Hotel in The Hague to commemorate the 41st edition of Cameroon National Day.

Invitees included a host of foreign diplomats and officials from several other Embassies; representatives of International organizations, Dutch Government officials and a number of Cameroonians living in the Netherlands.

The reception started from 5.00pm till 17.30pm.

National Day Gala Night (24th May 2013)
(Below) Diplomatic Reception at Hilton Hotel, The Hague

A Gala Night on Friday 24th May at the Opera Zalencentrum in The Hague crowned National Day festivities in the Netherlands for 2013. Highlights of the night were the singing of the National Anthem, a welcome speech by Her Excellency Ambassador Mrs. Odette Melono; a National Day Toast, Buffet, performance by Miss Barbara Gwanmesia; Performance by Djembé Band Zamana (a multicultural percussion group founded by Patrick Ngambi) and most importantly a fascinating performance by veteran Cameroonian Music Icon Sallé John who was the Guest Artist.
Cameroon National Day Gala Night 2013, The Hague

In her welcome speech Ambassador Mrs. Melono thanked all for coming. She then acknowledged and appreciated the work done by a handful of Cameroonians to make the week long festivities a great success.

The evening rounded up with dancing.

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