Sunday, November 10, 2013

Tabenken Youths Gear up for Grand Cultural Festival in December

(NewsWatch Cameroon)-The National President of Tabenken Youths Association (TAYA) has declared that, the organization is now ready to host a grand cultural festival in Tabenken village in Nkambe central subdivision of the Donga Mantung Division in December this year.
Tamfu Arison Tamfu
“The necessary logistics have been assembled and sensitization is intensifying. I think we are now ready to travel to Tabenken village en masse for the cultural event from Dec. 29 to 1st Jan. 2014. This is the first of its kind for TAYA and it promises to be remarkable and enriching. All youths of Tabenken in Cameroon and abroad are expected to attend the event. We expect at least 2000 youths to travel to the village for the event” said Tamfu Arison Tamfu, TAYA National President.  
He revealed that the event dubbed ‘Village convention’ will not only showcase the culture of Tabenken and Wimbum land but will also focus on the development of Tabenken village.
Mr Tamfu revealed that alongside the cultural activities at the convention, the youths will be involved in football matches, take part in an ecumenical service, acquire knowledge on human investment and most importantly, participate in actions and deliberations on how to foster the development of the village.
“It is our objective that in the nearest future we erect a Multipurpose Youth Center in Tabenken which will serve as a platform for professional training in all trades and for the promotion of academic excellence for young Tabenkenians. That is why the activities during the December Village Convention will also include a Grand Fund-raising Gala night. We will equally apply for grants from national and international donors regarding the Youth Center.  We are counting on the blessings of our beloved Fon and the support of the mother-meeting, the Tabenken Cultural and Development Association (TACUDA), administrative authorities in Donga-Mantung and people of good-will for the success of the convention” Mr. Tamfu said.
The National President was speaking weeks after Tabenken Youths Association hosted the first-ever National Urban Convention in Douala. The convention according to the president recorded a huge success in attendance and display of the culture of Tabenken with over 3000 TAYA members in attendance.
Tamfu Arison Tamfu who is also a journalist, took over the leadership of the association in June this year and has so far been praised for consolidating the unity of Tabenken youths.
“My dream as the President of the association was to rally Tabenken youths in their numbers, teach them to live in harmony, mutual respect, love and fear of God. Taking into cognizance what transpired during the Douala convention, I and the rest of the executive members have succeeded but much is yet to be done”, Mr Tamfu told NewsWatch.
The president averred that their intention is to raise the membership to 20 thousand explaining that with that number, a membership contribution of 1000 each can construct the youth center and rehabilitate bridges, schools, churches etc in Tabenken.
“We now have 18 branches nationwide and we encourage Tabenken youths to either join existing branches or create branches where they do not exist and inform the national executive committee”.
The TAYA president urged parents of Tabenken youths to encourage their children to join the association. “Parents need to play a leading role in advising their children to join the association. We also intend to foster education among Tabenken youths, especially the girls. And so far, we have secured five scholarships for members and they are now attending school in Douala. We will continue in that light. This is not mere wishful thinking - it is a dream that will come true very soon with God by our side”, said Tamfu.

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