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The Duchess of Muanenguba————————Samira Edi

[Sometimes Cameroonians sing the national anthem without feeling -- and it doesn't seem to resonate with them. It has become a blasé and meaningless chant sung during occasions of a national flavour but without fervour or conviction. Its meaning has been lost with time. So I decided to translate the country's anthem into Pidgin English; which is a more people-friendly lingua franca-  from the English official version. I did this in order that when they sing the Pidgin version, it could have a more familiar ring to it, and consequently add more meaning to them, than just another ritual chant parroted off without conviction.]

1.

Wooh, Kamerun

Na place dem born we Pa dem

Important place, wey today na their burying ground

Ground wey their tears, and blood and sweat be wet'am

For ya hills and valleys them be work their farms

Dear mother land, you no get price for we

Tell we wetin we go do for you?

We must work hard for win ya joy and love and peace

And remain always loyal to you

Chorus:

Kontri for plenty, Kontri for victory

The only place we live in joy!

We respect you, and we trust you

And we go love you forever more

2.
From Chari, wey na the start for Mungo river
For corner water weyi no deep called Boumba stream
All ya pikin dem gather close for near you
And them plenty just like big Buea Mountain.
Teach them respect and how for live in peace

And for say sorry when them make mistake
Make them be loyal to dear Mama Africa

And for love yi until them die.

[Translated from English by Samira Edi]

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Tags: Cameroon, Cameroon National Anthem, Pidgin

Comment by aNyango on September 28, 2014 at 11:06

Cameroon National Anthem In English

           

O Cameroon, Thou Cradle of our Fathers,
Holy Shrine where in our midst they now repose,
Their tears and blood and sweat thy soil did water,
On thy hills and valleys once their tillage rose.
Dear Fatherland, thy worth no tongue can tell!
How can we ever pay thy due?
Thy welfare we will win in toil and love and peace,
Will be to thy name ever true!
Chorus:
Land of Promise, land of Glory!
Thou, of life and joy, our only store!
Thine be honour, thine devotion,
And deep endearment, for evermore.
From Shari, from where the Mungo meanders
From along the banks of lowly Boumba Stream,
Muster thy sons in union close around thee,
Mighty as the Buea Mountain be their team;
Instil in them the love of gentle ways,
Regret for errors of the past;
Foster, for Mother Africa, a loyalty
That true shall remain to the last.
Chorus
From W i k i p e d i a

 French lyrics-----------------                         English translation of French lyrics

Ô Cameroun berceau de nos ancêtres,

Va debout et jaloux de ta liberté,

Comme un soleil ton drapeau fier doit être,

Un symbole ardent de foi et d'unité.

Que tous tes enfants du Nord au Sud,

De l'Est à l'Ouest soient tout amour,

Te servir que ce soit le seul but,

Pour remplir leur devoir toujours.

Chorus:

Chère Patrie, Terre chérie,

Tu es notre seul et vrai bonheur,

Notre joie, notre vie,

En toi l'amour et le grand honneur.

Tu es la tombe où dorment nos pères,

Le jardin que nos aïeux ont cultivé.

Nous travaillons pour te rendre prospère,

Un beau jour enfin nous serons arrivés.

De l'Afrique sois fidèle enfant

Et progresse toujours en paix,

Espérant que tes jeunes enfants

T'aimeront sans bornes à jamais.

Chorus

O Cameroon cradle of our ancestors,

Go, upright and jealous of your freedom.

As the sun, let your flag be proud,

A symbol of ardent faith and unity,

May all your children,from North to South

From East to West, live in love!

May serving you be their sole purpose

To fulfill their duty forever.

Chorus:

Dear Fatherland, dear land,

You are our only true happiness.

Our joy, our life

To you, love and the greatest honor.

Thou art the grave where our fathers sleep,

The garden that our ancestors have cultivated.

We work to make you prosperous

One good day we will finally get there.

Be Africa's faithfull child

And always advance peace

Hoping that your children

Love you without limit forever.

Chorus

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