Christmas Fever Touches Bamenda Despite Crisis

Christmas Toys on display

As the annual festival to celebrate the feast of Nativity draws near, Bamenda, chief town of the North West region is not left out in the preparation for the Christmas feast.

As one steps into Bamenda, traces of the end of year celebrations are visible. No needs to be told of what is happening.

The Christmas Carols, the decorated roads junctions and the jingle bells are clear evidence that the region’s inhabitants with all the hardship as a result of the ongoing Anglophone Crisis are ready to welcome the birth of Jesus Christ.

Areas with bad roads such as the Sonac street, the veterinary junction and the Ayaba Hotel stretches of roads had all been filled with earth and gravel to ease traffic on this part of the city that had always been a nightmare when it’s December.

In the markets, items such as children’s toys and dresses are of high demand. Madam Honorine, a dealer in children’s dresses and toys says she had made better sales this year as compared to last year. “This December makes me smile as compared to that of 2018. I can say with confidence that I have made much profit, I thank God for His Grace”, she told observer237.

Food items such as rice, yams and cooking oil are one of the most sold items this period in our major markets. The cattle market located in the Bamenda I sub division received over 80 persons daily in search of cattle which are very expensive this period as a result of the ongoing conflict as rearers faced a lot of difficulties to bring their cattle to the City centre. “Before I arrived Bamenda from Wum with these cattle, I lost two healthy ones to "Amba", I must sell at high prices to cover up the lost”, Adamou, a header explained.

One of the sight attraction of this period is the opening of new drinking spots.  Some already making the headlines in Bamenda and beyond. Other drinking spots are sprouting up in the quarters. 

New Drinking Spots sprouting up

Churches are not left out in the preparation for Christmas, Rev. Warah Solomon of Ramah Christian Centre says as Christmas is a celebration feast, his church takes the celebration serious as enough food and drinks will be served to Christians on December 25 but before the d-day, there will be a carol night on December 24 were groups in the church will present special carols in welcoming the Son of Man.

As it stance, one thing is clear as 6 days are left to celebrate Christ Jesus' birth, preparations in the North west region and Bamenda in Particular are at the apex as the hustling and bustling continuous.

Neba Jerome Ambe

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