This is an extraordinary step forward and a chance for all Cameroonians. It is above all a concrete answer to the concerns and frustrations of Anglophones. Indeed, “The Republic of Cameroon adopts English and French as official languages of equal value,” stipulates the said law in Article 1 paragraph 3.
This will gradually and surely allow all Cameroonians to become more easily bilingual. Which is an excellent thing for their future, especially their openness to the world, and that of the country in particular for a better cohesion.
To arrive in an administration and to be laughed at because one does not speak English or French is traumatic. This law is therefore fundamental in that, in addition to promoting bilingualism, for its application it has enabled the recruitment of more than 500 interpreters and translators by the government, who will be deployed in all jurisdictions that require their presence.
The law promoting Bilingualism in Cameroon now exists!
From a practical point of view, it is a law that establishes equality, because better than before, a user can be served in the language of his choice by the administration. There will be more rigor in improving the promotion of bilingualism in public institutions, the private sector and civil society in the country.
In addition, section 17 of the Act provides that press articles, and other institutional communication documents, must be produced and made available in both official languages.
Saving Mbango revolves around the titular character (Godisz Fungwa), an ambitious young man caught up in a dysfunctional family
Directed By: Nkanya Nkwai Producer: Stephanie E. Tum Main Cast: Godisz Fungwa, Onyama Laura, MacDonald Libota, Stephanie Tum, Malvis Ann Mohvu, Einstein Young Jr, Ralph Obi Tambe, Ngonga Elizabeth and Otia Vitalis. Release Date: November 29th, 2019 Genre: Drama/Romance
Saving Mbango revolves around the titular character (Godisz Fungwa), an ambitious young man caught up in a dysfunctional family who constantly get in the way of his dreams and ambitions. The only snag is that he falls in love with a village girl Mbango (Onyama Laura) who almost everyone considers an outcast. John quickly realises his problems are secondary to Mbango’s and his overbearing family stands in the way of this love. John is therefore torn between acceptance by his family and his almost ‘impossible’ love for Mbango.
There has been a lot of hype about Saving Mbango both pre and post production and especially during the promo for the grand premiere of the movie in Douala which was proudly sponsored by Orange Cameroon and now I see why. The movie was indeed a mighty fine one. What particularly endeared me was the simple and basic plot which was easy to follow and not overly complicated.
Shot in Mondoni village, the storytelling was decent and appealing and was brought to life by some really good acting especially that of Godisz and Laura. Their character was so relatable that after a while, you start seeing them as John and Mbango rather than Godisz and Laura. Laura’s innocence and pure nature were charming and really cute and that swayed the audience to her side. I was also impressed with the characters of Stephanie Tum and Solange Ojong who went completely 360° anti-clockwise from their usual selves to fit into these roles perfectly.
Other than the acting I must specifically note that the technical aspects of the movie making were top notch. The colouring was marvellous and the camera work was superb. I especially liked the way they transited between scenes. Another commendable aspect was the soundtrack – they used really appropriate cameroonian rhythms which aided with the overall feel of the scenes.
The plot twist at the end was really a move to be commended. I’m really proud of this movie because of its simplicity and cultural fitting for local and international audiences and I do recommend it to everyone especially the Cameroonian film doubters. Saving Mbango is scheduled to stream in Canal Olympia cinemas all over Central Africa starting with those in Yaoundé and Douala.
Watch it’s trailer below.
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