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Mois : mai 2022

Monument Patriote: Yaounde’s latest touristic attraction

Barely a week after its inauguration, the city of Yaounde’s Monument Patriote is now the centre of attraction, pulling many from different parts of the Mfoundi division and beyond. Hundreds from across the national capital, Yaounde on Wednesday May 17th, 2022 turned up at the roundabout next to the Prime Minister’s office to witness the inauguration of the monument which is now the town’s latest jewel.

Both during the day and at night, many continue to visit the structure to have a firsthand view and admire its appealing beauty. Passersby and commuters too cannot have enough, as their eyes remain fixed on the enticing edifice. The monument was constructed by the Yaoundé City Council under the guidance of its Mayor, Messi Atangana Luc. It was officiated by Housing and Urban Development Minister, Celestine Ketcha Courtes on behalf of the President of the Republic.

Present at the ceremony were top dignitaries from national institutions, administrative and traditional institutions, and the diplomatic core. A couple of ministers also graced the event, including Decentralisation and Local Development Minister, Georges Elanga Obam, Higher Education Minister, Fame Ndongo, Arts and Culture Minister, Bidoung Mpkatt and Labour and Social Security Minister, Gregoire Owona.

Also present to animate the event as well as cultural associations such as the Bafut dance group Nlwin Mikààh.

Monument Patriote

The imposing 15-metre-high structure consists of two semicircle arcs, one above the other. On both sides of either of them, are the words ‘I love my country Cameroon’ and ‘J’aime mon pays le Cameroun’. Their intersection rests on a ball, symbol of Cameroon’s renowned sports prowess. Resting on the intersection is a carved out Cameroon map, supported by two hands. The area around the structure has eight water pools with fountains, animated by bright colored lights. It also has benches made to accommodate visitors.

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