HIGHLIGHTS OF THE SOJOURN OF THE SOPHIA UNIVERSITY’S DELEGATION TO CAMEROON – SEPTEMBER 27th TO AUGUST 08th.
The 3rd delegation of Sophia students that arrived on Sunday 27th August 2017 and departed 13 days later on the 08th of September 2017 was exceptional, not only because of the number of Japanese students involved this time, but also because of the good process this partnership is on.
The schedule of the close to two weeks stay of the Sophia University was quite interesting. From the visit of the town and the Museum; the trips to Mbalmayo where both delegations got to visit many species of apes present in Cameroon in their natural habitats at the primate sanctuary of Ape Action Africa; and Douala were it was an opportunity to visit the Toyota brand CFAO Company at Douala, and some Cameroonian companies (COMETAL, CAMLAIT, The Carrefour building site at Douala ) leaded by youths and formal UCAC students; To the different interesting lessons and teachers we had. They also had traditional Cameroonian cooking practical lessons from our special cooking staff of EKOUNOU.
They also enjoyed courses on Africa and Cameroon like: the History of Cameroon, Sociology dichotomy between tradition and modernity, Environmental studies, Cameroon educational system and the economic trend and situation of the country since independence (1960). A special attention was the course on the use of traditional instruments in Cameroon thought by Dr. François BINGONO BINGONO, whose lesson was about the Nkul Ekan with more than 2000 years of existence, which was our ancestor’s instrument of communications during decades.
The apotheosis for some of the members was the reception organized by the Japanese ambassador at his residence. The delegations were composed of the same people but for the circumstance, the Yaoundé Archdiocese Archbishop, Great Chancellor of UCAC, His Grace Jean MBARGA was a special guest of that evening. Both rectors were present as well. The Japanese meal was offered and everyone was happy and we all enjoyed that moment.
At the end, we built a strong relationship together: both students and teachers. Their mind on Africa changed and they were very sad to live. One the student, YUGO, said in his final speech that « learning Cameroon is learning Africa, and learning Africa is learning the Future ». And we are all the future of the world. The atmosphere at the air port was such emotional that we hope to see again very soon, in Japan if possible.