CameroonForum Chairman Chris Nasah has called on Cameroonians in the UK to be united and respect each other to help build a strong force that can help improve the lives of compatriots in the UK and back in Cameroon. He admitted that Cameroonians in the UK were still too divided but there was hope they could still be brought together to fight for the interest and well being of all Cameroonians.
Mr Nasah was speaking to Iroko Magazine at the end of a one day workshop that brought together heads of Cameroon diaspora organizations in the UK at the University College of London last Saturday February 22 2014.
“Unity gives us the opportunity to become a more efficient and enterprising community. It leaves a working legacy for the next generation”, Mr Nasah said.
Denis Nyuydzewira, Cameroon Deputy High Commissioner to the Uk and guest of honour of the occasion congratulated CamerooForum for its unbending determination to unite the Cameroon diaspora community.
Debates during the workshop were divided into three broad categories viz, structure and management of an efficient diaspora community, finance and community events management.
Some partner organizations also attended the workshop including Paul Cleal from commercial legal advice firm Price Waterhouse Coopers who presented a paper on Emerging Africa. Charmant Bassengue from Cameroon Amis UK presented a paper about the Cameroon festival while Poku-Owusu from the African foundation for Development presented a rousing paper on current Global Policy Framework on Diaspora Mobilization and Engagement.
One of the major decisions taken at the end of the workshop was the creation of a Cameroonian Investment Diaspora Fund. A task force was created to follow up the modalities and terms of reference of the fund.
Some Cameroon group leaders who attended the workshop included Samson Ndanga, Edmond Epie, Alex Kouam, Ralph Tanyi, Kenneth Maimo, Grace Elone, Dr Carol Tah, Julian Ebai, Marie Therese Elonou Corine Puemo, Bella Tchombe .
The meeting was the first constructive attempt to bring all Cameroonian groups based in the UK under one roof under the umbrella name CF-HOGM-UK 2014 UK (Cameroon Forum Heads Of Groups Meeting United Kingdom 2014)
Award winning community leader, chartered architect and lecturer Chris Nasah, Chairman of the CameroonForum was the main organizer of the event. He said plans were underway already to organize another similar meeting soon.