I started my journey in Cameroon with the family from Eric and Elske. Two years ago I photographed their wedding in the Netherlands. This year they asked me to film their wedding in Akum, the city where Eric grew up. He and his family are still strongly connected to the culture of Cameroon. I stayed over in the house of Eric’s father. A beautiful typical African house in this small village. Even almost all the family members emigrated to Canada or Europe they feel at home in this house. Everyone walks in and out all the time. Family relations are strong here. Everyone I met welcomed me to Cameroon. When was the last time you welcomed someone to your country?
Before filming the wedding I also got a job to make a documentary for Charity Hands. This NGO is helping farmer by giving microcredits to cultivate more mais and other products. Three days I stayed over at Larissa and Peter. I never met anybody who was so happy to host a foreigner. I was touched when they told me it was a blessing to have me over. Peter was able to build this house himself after the corporation with Charity Hands. Check out the first vlog!
What did I like about Cameroon?
- the generosity of people. When I was filming a farmer, I got a bag full of ground nuts as a present. Even this family was not wealthy, I had to accept this gift.
- The way people a part of a community. Everyone will help each other. In the church, everyone collects money for someone in the village who needs it.
- When I was at a family meeting, I was a witness to a marriage proposal. All the girls cried and screamed. It was fantastic.
- How you travel in Cameroon. One day we traveled with 8 people in a small car, even with my injured knee. Everything is possible.
What was kind interesting?
- I took a night bus for eight hours. The driver played loud music the whole night. It was like a disco.
- At the end of this bus ride, a man talked one hour about god and it ended up in selling all kind of skin products.
- A lot of people throw trash outside but also complaining about the dirty city.
- You can also swim in a zoo.
That’s it for now! More blogs are coming up.