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National Polytechnic Bamenda re-baptised

By Bakah Derick  The Bamenda based higher institution of learning National Polytechnic Bamenda NPB has been given a new name. According to a communiqué signed January 15, 2015 by the Minister of Higher Education Pro Jacque Fame Ndongo the institution will henceforth be called National Polytechnic University Institute Bamenda.    NPUIB New look The minister’s approval letter was in responds to a request from Yong Jacque in the letter referred to as representative of the promoter of the institution. Talking to hilltopvoices, Yong Jacque expressed signs of joy not just with the change of name but equally with the approval of the faculty of Chemical engineering in the institution.  It will be the third time the name of the institution is changing. National Polytechnic Bamenda, NPB, was formerly named National Polytechnic Bambui until the end of September, 2012 when it was renamed National Polytechnic Bamenda (NPB).  It is a private higher education institutions in

Youth Day 50th Anniversary worries from the Hilltop

By Bakah Derick  This national holiday in Cameroon celebrates the country's young people. Kids, pupils and youth groups for the past 49 years participate in parades, often accompanied by university students in public marching at various administrative levels in the country. Top Government functionaries sit for hours to watch the processions, along with many other onlookers. Businesses sell food and merchandise around the event grounds. Many schools and youth groups also participate in art and sports activities often organized by the ministry of youth affairs and civic education and other related ministries. Annually a theme is chosen for the Youth Day with the prime objective being to encourage Cameroon's young people to renounce violence and other irresponsible behaviors and to embrace education, sports, and artistic activities.   Finally for the past 49years as part of acti

New Breed Africa awards Northwest Music. Award Categories made public

By Bakah Derick According to the Chief Executive Officer of the Bamenda based not for profit NGO New Breed Africa Atangche Zita, Northwest arts will be exposed, appreciated, and promoted come February 20, 2016 in Bamenda. In collaboration with the Northwest Regional delegation of Arts and Culture, the New Breed Africa CEO noted that the first edition will feature special awards and folklore veterans in the Region. Here are the nominees

Students demand the Unusual in Cameroon

BY Bakah Derick  Students resident in and around Bambui and Bambili took to the streets on the evening of Monday January 25 th to protest against what they described as “irresponsible treatment” by Cameroon’s lone electricity producer and distributor ENEO. Uncoordinated as their activities were, the disgruntled students successfully sent across a message of discontent to the powers that be as police stormed the protest ground to disperse the students.  According to Awasung John a teacher in one of the schools in the area who watched the student’s protests, the students were asking for “the unusual in Cameroon…...” “if electricity could be cut-off when the president of the Republic was addressing the nation and noting happens, it is means it is usual to have power cuts in the country. To be protesting and asking that there should be no power cuts is really asking for the unusual.”  Hosting a couple of higher institutions including the University of Bamenda with


African traditional education refers to ways of teaching and learning in Africa which are based on indigenous knowledge accumulated by Africans over centuries in response to their different physical, agricultural, ecological, political and sociocultural challenges (Merriam, 2007). In other words, what is taught or what children have to learn fits their abilities and succeeding stages of development. This type of education provides not only a means for survival but also “connects” children to various social networks. The occupation of the individual, the social responsibilities, the political role as well as the moral and spiritual values was targeted in all educational considerations (Gwanfogbe, 2006). Moumouni (1968) described this type of education as “the school of life” whose objectives were manifold, focused on producing an honest, respectable, skilled and co-operative individual who fitted into the social life of the society and enhanced its growth. Fafunwa (1974)