Author Archives: admin

Wams Takes Over Music Airwaves With New Release – JeauneArtiste

 

The 2017 CamerGreen first runner up, Wams (Mr Klassic), is back at it again. Just like his previous hits that elevated him to the pinnacle of music in Cameroon, Wams, a journalist turned musician, has just released a new video clip.

The video clip of his much-awaited hit single, titled “JeuneARTISTE” released May 10, 2018, is already making waves around Music channels and online.

According to Wams, the song is special and unique for two reasons; it is originally carved out of ‘graffi’ folk ‘bottle dance’ rhythm and sung with fresh RnB mellow vocals on a ‘DJ cliff’ produced urban beat called “Bottle Soul”.

 

Wams

“JeuneARTISTE tells the tale of the struggles of every growing musician in Cameroon and developing countries,” he added

This song premiered on Boom Television’s “ACCESS AFRICA” and has been rated by @donjumper, @titivalery, @cyrilbojiko @presidenttchotchop as being one of the most original urban music pieces in recent Cameroon music history.

The chorus of the song has been used by telephony companies as default dial tone only days after it was released. “quand t’es JeuneARTISTE OH, personne ne veutt’ecouter”, is being recited by youngsters in almost every household in Cameroon.

According to Wams, this song was inspired by a personal experience and those recounted by other budding talents.

He is using the JeuneARTISTE campaign to galvanize young people towards building a sustainable music career despite the challenges. He is hoping to empower 10 budding talents randomly picked from across Cameroon during his tour of the regions.

Prior to the release of JeuneARTISTE, the “Journalist cum Singer” had sent a strong signal of how message – carrying and positive influencing his music would be after his maiden classic “Newsman” was released in 2017.

The song earned him titles and has continued to raise awareness on the threats to Press Freedom in third world countries.

Wams is based in Douala, a Cameroonian from the Northwest of Cameroon, born in Buea to a family of 10. He is currenttly CamerGreen music Ambassador after he finished second amongst 200 contestants with his song titled “Earthsong” that promotes best environmental practices.

Wams is looking to drop an EP by the end of July prior to the release of his debut album. He calls his fans “Clap Dancers”. You might want to join his thousands of fans and support his “build a toilet for the orphans” Initiative through his social media sites: Youtube – Wamsmrklassic, Facebook – @wamsofficiel , Instagram – @wamsofficial, twitter – @wamsbookings, whatsapp – +237676335224

 

                      Memoir

Constantine Anjianjei also known as Wams, grew up with his uncle El Chic Echondong alias Amumba, a celebrated highlife musician from Cameroon. He learned basic music theory and watched his uncle play the guitar and has since then followed in his footsteps. During rehearsals, his uncle’s band would give him a chance to interpret American blues songs and some contemporary African hits at the age of 15 to the appreciation of many.

Wams would thrill his school mates in high school as he performed in a small school band called the Roonians of BGS Buea.

He started making a name for himself when he released his debut single titled Amingya meaning ‘Hello’ in his native Ngie dialect.

After a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication, from the University of Buea, Wams developed interest in writing theme songs for movies, documentaries, and community-based campaigns. The first was his afro – soul piece Africa love that was used as theme song in Paul Samba’s Too Deep.

Wams beat 200 contestants with his soul piece, EARTHSONG, at a United Nations organized contest for music on the environment to become Cameroon Ambassador for green music 2017.

Since then, he has used his music to promote sustainability among young people.

After 6 years of Journalism practice, Wams put the ills of Journalism practice in 3rd world countries like Cameroon into music in his maiden official release called Newsman. Wams reveals his mellow vocals on different music genres as interprets popular songs with his music band called CARNIVOR and has become a leading vocalist, song writer and singer in Cameroon.

Wams touring schedule is increasing relentlessly and he is finding himself more in demand in venues around Cameroon and Africa.

Wams website can be found on wwww.wamsofficial.com and provides details on his videos, shoots, tour dates, photos and the opportunity to sign up to his mailing list and join his social media channels.

Wams was born and named Anjianjei Constantine on September 15 in Buea of the Southwest region of Cameroon to a family of 10. He is a spiritually open Christian. He believes that music could better and not change the world, if used to promote a good cause.

By Ndeley Fonki with filed reports

 

Cameroon Agroforestry Farmers’ Network Created

Some 15 Agroforestry Farmers’ Networks Coordinators from across four regions of Cameroon, have come together under one umbrella, to create a National Network. They unanimously agreed on creating the network, during the just ended annual review and planning meeting for Agroforestry Coordinators held in Buea, February 9 2018.

 Melvis Takang Ma-Ebai

They approved to call the network, the Cameroon Agroforestry Farmers Network (CAFaN).

They welcomed the initiative of transforming their networks into business oriented institutions, indicating that it will bring about innovations that will augment their growth.

“I am very happy with ERuDeF for this brilliant initiative of taking us from networks to a cooperative and also showing us the necessary steps to successfully attain this goal. It is a kind of growth which all farmers need at this time. I believe as a network, we will be able to empower each other and make a better and brighter future as farmers,” said Pa Kum Nicolas, Agroforestry Farmers’ Network Coordinator from Menchum Division, Northwest Region.

Following elections conducted, Makia Henry (Agroforestry Farmers’ Network Coordinator from Meme Division, Southwest Region) emerged as President, Jean Bosco (Agroforestry Farmers’ Network Coordinator from Bamboutos Division, West Region) as Vice President, Divine Ghakanyuy (Agroforestry Farmers’ Network Coordinator from Bui Division, Northwest Region) as Secretary, Youmsi Justine (Agroforestry Farmers’ Network Coordinator from Moungo Division, Littoral Region)  as Financial Secretary, Gehmu Denise (Agroforestry Farmers’ Network Coordinator from Ngoketunjia Division, Northwest Region) as Treasurer, and Ayuk Rudolph (Agroforestry Farmers’ Network Coordinator from Fako Division, Southwest Division) as Publicity Secretary. Payong Prudence voted as an Adviser. Meanwhile, Louis Nkembi will serve as a Technical Partner, through ERuDeF.

According to the President-elect, building a solid foundation through collaboration from all and sundry, will be his first targets.

“I will first of all want to thank my fellow farmers sitting here for trusting me to handle such a huge task. And I want to say I will not fail them. Being President of the Cameroon Agroforestry Farmers’ Network (CAFaN) is indeed a challenging task but I am confident that with collaboration from my team and all the cooperatives which will be formed at the divisional levels, in years to come, this national network will be a reference to many farmers,” President Makia Henry said.

On his part, the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Environment and Rural Development Foundation (ERuDeF), Louis Nkembi, advised the farmers to be steadfast and assiduous to building a remarkable national network. He pledged the support of ERuDeF in playing the technical role, in giving CAFaN a formidable foundation.

According to Louis Nkembi, it is aimed at bringing all farmers on board the much anticipated opportunity for growth which has now come knocking with great signs of better and improved living standards for all farmers.

All CAFaN members were further charged with the responsibility of reorganising the networks at the Divisional levels.

It was also disclosed that Farmers within the CAFaN, will be opportune to operate as an independent business entity through the creation of their Union of Agroforestry Famers Cooperative of Cameroon.

CAFaN also aims at bringing all famers on board he much anticipated opportunity for growth which has now come knocking, with great signs of better and improved living standards for all farmers through their involvement in fair and bio-trade.

Their plan of action for the first year is legalising CAFaN, reorganising Divisional networks, coordinating divisional members to create their respective cooperatives, and increasing the visibility of CAFaN at national and international levels.

Cooperative agreements will be sough with the government of Cameroon through technical departments like the Ministry of the Environment, Protection of Nature and Sustainable Developments (MINEPDED), Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Developments (MINADER), and the Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife (MINFOF).

At the International levels, CAFaN will strengthen ties with the International Trees Foundation (ITF), World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), the Ecosystem Based Adaptation for Food Security Assembly (EBAFOSA), amongst others.

The President of CAFaN thanked the genuine support received from Trees for the Future USA, leading up to the creation of the national network.

What Rural Communities Must Know About Climate Change

“When you change the climate, you change everything.”

I have heard this assertion many times, as well as read it many times. Whether read or heard, it expresses the important role climate plays in the environmental system of our planet, to the extent that minor changes in climate have major and complex effects.

Climate is a dynamic phenomenon that changes continually, with long-term warming and cooling cycles. However, recent rapid and extensive changes are too extreme to be dismissed as ‘normal’ and have been shown to be closely correlated to changes in atmospheric carbon as a result of human activity (IPCC 2002).

Climate change affects people and nature in countless ways, and is already putting pressure on the environment. It has not just appeared overnight; it has been over 30 years since scientists first alerted the world to the dangers of climate change. The million dollar question is how much longer are we going to allow these dangers to continue given that a change in nature has serious implications on people and economic systems?

The potential economic damage caused by global warming cannot be over emphasised. Some experts say insurance industry estimates put it at hundreds of billions of dollars each year.

In Cameroon, the Government has embarked on an ambitious programme for economic emergence by 2035. At the macro-economic level, this ambition highlights the need to speed growth by stepping up forest, agro-pastoral and fishing activities and ensuring an industrial technological advancement with emphasis on the processing of local commodities. It also envisages changing the structure of the economy; from a primary sector economy (agriculture and extraction) and informal tertiary activities to a more powerful secondary sector, and a specialized tertiary sector which creates decent jobs.

For this vision to be achieved, agricultural revolution in the rural areas must be envisaged, including environmental protection, taking into consideration climate change challenges.

Cameroon’s economy is primarily agrarian. 80% of the country’s poor are not only involved in farming but live in rural communities. About 35% of Cameroon’s GDP comes from agriculture. Up to 70% of the national labour force is employed in agriculture, which means that agriculture and the exploitation of natural resources are the main drivers of Cameroon’s economy and economic development. Therefore, rural communities need awareness. They need to be well informed on how changes in temperature and precipitation pose a serious threat to their agricultural activities and nation’s economy.

Rural communities and the rural people must understand that climate change affects natural habitats like water and forest in diverse ways, stretching to agriculture and food security.

Water for instance is important for agriculture and industry. Rivers and lakes supply drinking water to people and animals, as well as oceans and seas provide food for billions of people. Climate change affects water quality, brings about a rise in sea level, coastal erosion possibly triggered by flooding, storm tracks, rise in water temperature and ocean acidification. It also affects sea waves, beaches and obviously those that use them for recreation.

Forests mean so much to humans and their activities. Forests purify the air, improve water quality, keep soils intact, provide food, wood products and medicines, and are home to most endangered wildlife. In fact, an estimated 1.6 billion people worldwide rely on forests for their livelihoods, including 60 million indigenous people or rural communities who depend on forests for their subsistence.

Forests helps to protect the planet from climate change by absorbing massive amounts of carbon dioxide (CO2), a major source of pollution that causes climate change. It is quite unfortunate that forests are being recklessly depleted or destroyed at an alarming rate by logging and burning to clear land for agriculture and livestock. These activities release huge amounts of carbon dioxide and other harmful greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

Some experts say that about 20 percent of global carbon emissions come from deforestation, greater than the combined emissions of every car, truck and plane on the planet. So instead of forests helping us to solve the climate crisis, deforestation will worsen the situation and rural communities should be dissuaded from such activities.

Climate change effect on agriculture will obviously reflect on food security. In other words, ‘a hit on one is a hit on the other’. It is common knowledge that the world relies on rain-fed agriculture, which is highly subject to changes in climate variability, shifts in season, and precipitation patterns. Any amount of warming will lead to increased water stress. In developing countries like Cameroon, about 40 percent of all exports are agricultural products (WRI 1996). One-third of incomes in the country are generated by agriculture, so also crop production and livestock husbandry account for about half of household income. Rural communities or those in the rural areas are in the majority here (FAO 1999). Experts often argued that climate cannot be dissociated from agriculture since its various elements (rainfall, sunshine, humidity and temperature) are essential for the survival of crops and of man. Agriculture is arguably the most important sector of the economy that is highly dependent on climate.

When change in climate intensifies, crop production is at increased risk of failure and loss of livestock. This will negatively reflect on local food security – food accessibility, food utilization and food systems stability. Most times, expectations and predictions on warmer and wetter weather conditions fluctuate, which is not good for agricultural practices. Where agricultural practices are challenged, it affects human health and livelihoods, as well as purchasing power, food markets and security at the level of households.

In addition to changes in temperature and precipitation, another key factor in agricultural productivity is the effect of elevated levels of atmospheric CO2 on crop yields. Some estimates suggest that higher CO2 levels could increase crop productivity substantially by 50% or more, although these effects are likely to be constrained by other factors such as water and soil nutrients, particularly in the developing countries.

I think climate challenges that plague agriculture in Cameroon should be factored into production plans if agricultural output is to be maximized. With a total land area of about 475,440 sq km and a coastline of 402 km, Cameroon’s climate varies with the terrain. Agriculture in Cameroon is moderately productive, extensively managed, and semi market-based. Farms and the associated input (storage, transportation and processing subsectors) provide low cost, high-quality food for domestic consumers and contribute substantially to export earnings for the country as a whole. Farmland in rural communities has been increasing steadily over the last five decades and the total annual value of Cameroon’s agricultural sector’s output is greater than $4 billion. Crop production dominated by cereals, tubers and bananas, is worth over $2.5 billion.

While Cameroon’s agriculture is on a long march to productivity, rural communities should understand that the system is still highly dependent on climate, because temperature, light, and water are the main drivers of crop growth.

By:

Godycreative

@Godycreative

Tel: +237651274378

Scientific Reports For Proposed Mount

Manengouba Herpetological Sanctuary Validated

The Technical Note for the Proposed Mount Manengouba Herpetological Sanctuary has been validated. The   document which officially seeks government’s permission for the creation of the protected area, was approved, January 16, 2018. This occured during the validation workshop, which took place in the Chambers of Agriculture, Fishery, Livestock and Forest in Bonanjo, Douala.

By Joyce Mbong &Stanley Acham

The validation of this Technical Note, was a culmination of several working sessions between the Environment and Rural Development Foundation (ERuDeF) and the Cameroon Herpatological Conservation Biology Foundation (CAMHERP-CBF), technical staff on the draft Technical Note since November 2017.

Chairing the workshop, the Littoral Regional Delegate of the Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife (MINFOF), Mbelley Julien Desire, saluted the contributions of ERuDeF and CAMHERP-CBF to Biodiversity conservation in Cameroon. He implored both organisations to be steadfast and industrious in all they do in conserving the country’s biodiversity. The Regional Delegate expressed his earnest desire for the Proposed Mount Muanenguba Herpetological Sanctuary to be gazetted. This according to him, will greatly contribute in assisting the Government meet up with her objective of putting about 30% of the country’s estate under permanent protection.

On his part, Tchassen Arnau, representing CAMHERP-CBF, underscored the significance of transforming Mount Muanenguba into a protected area.

“Mt Muanenguba is a water shed for the river Moungo and Wouri, it also has a variety of reptiles and amphibians endemic to the mountain and which are also of high conservation status. Converting this area into a protected area is a way of meeting up with the governments objectives that of protecting about 30% of forest land. Also, the living standards of the local communities will improve through the provision of alternative livelihood activities,” he explained.

Though, validated, Divisional Delegates of Forestry and Wildlife for Moungo and Kupe Muanenguba were asked to go to the field to confirm all the information on the Technical Note, most especially the boundary demarcations. This is to avoid any land dispute or other confrontations with the surrounding communities when the area is eventually protected. This activity will be carried out before the technical note will be submitted to the Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife (MINFOF).

Once this confirmation visit is made to the proposed protected area, the technical note will be submitted to MINFOF for evaluation. In case of no descending voice, MINFOF , will approve the publication of a Public Notice, formally indicating government’s recognition.

Besides the validation of the Technical Note, the workshop equally culminated in agreement that the proposed protected area will be called Mount Manengouba Herpetological Sanctuary, upon creation.

The Technical Note validation workshop brought together several MINFOF authorities from the Littoral and South West Regions (Regional Delegate of MINFOF Littoral, Regional Chiefs of Wildlife and protected Areas (SRFAP) for Littoral and South West and the Divisional Delegates for Moungo and Kupe Muanenguba) and the technical teams of ERuDeF and CAMHERP-CBF. It was carried out with the support of Rainforest Trust-USA.

SOS: Cameroon Mangroves Cry for Help!

Mangroves of the Rio Del Rey Estuary, which constitutes about 10% of West African mangroves and half of Cameroon’s mangroves, have been beaten so painfully that it is now crying for help. The mangroves of this area including the dominant red mangrove (Rhizophora mangle), Black mangrove (Avicennia germinans), Button wood (Conocarpus erectus) and Rhizophora racemosa, have been cut down extensively for the smoking of fish/firewood and for construction.

Akeh Nug

This has greatly degraded the area giving a lee-way to an invasive and competitive species, Nypal Palm (Nypal fruticans), to rapidly take over the area.

From the Mundemba creek of this estuary cutting across Isangele and Idiabato, to the Boa creek extending to Bamuso, Il oani and the neighbouring settlements and the Bawa creek, Murji-muso creek, shell and Stone creeks, the story is the same.

The highly competitive palm species has hardened the mud, rapidly spreading across the area. This has defeated the remaining mangrove stands completely destroying the ecosystem and its ability to remain a spawning ground and nursery to fish stock.

In the midst of this, Cameroon being a party to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (an intergovernmental treaty that provides a framework for national action and international cooperation for the conservation and sustainable use of wetlands, including mangrove habitats) ratified by the Head of State on 13 January 2006, have begun making efforts to conserve the Cameroon mangroves. However, no remedy has been found to put an end to this devastating palm and its damaging effects. An experimental solution has been proposed by some CSOs actively involved in mangroves which need to be expounded upon. This includes harvesting the seeds as the palm starts to flower and gathering the fallen nuts as they float before they germinate.

In the shadow of Mount Cameroon, downstream from Cross River, Korup and Takamanda forests lies the Rio Del Rey Estuary. Characterised by very rich maritime coasts full of creeks, beaches, islands and mangrove forests, the Rio Del Rey is a transboundary site between Cameroon and Nigeria.

Uniquely, these mangroves are habitat to endemic and threatened species such as the Giant frog (Conroua goliath), the Dwarf crocodile (Osteolaemus tetraspis) and the West African manatee (Trichectuis senegalensis). While offering a staging ground for the migratory Lesser flamingo (Phoeniconaias minor) and other birds, the estuary provides crucial ecosystem services.

Most important of these services is the provision of a spawning ground and nursery for fish stocks. As sea levels tend to rise due to global changes in climatic conditions, the mangrove has the potential of protecting Cameroon from the rising seas.

These important services with worldwide reaching effects are in serious danger and immediate action is required to salvage the mangrove, else coupled with overexploitation and settlements, the mangrove risk being eradicated in the nearest future.