Eva in Cameroon: eating, clubbing and the fashionstyle in Cameroon
Two weeks ago, our LiveBuild volunteer Eva told you about her live in Cameroon (and how she got water for example) in this blog. Today she’ll tell you about the rest of her week.
Wednesday, January 24
The day starts, as usually, early. At 8 am we get up and I make some bread with fried eggs for breakfast. There is still no running water so that means we have to fill the water bottles and carry them home every day; luckily it’s close by. Besides that the morning is quiet. Normally I would go to the LiveBuild office in Utrecht on Wednesday. I try to maintain that rhythm. So at 10 am I set off to Eyole’s office, one of our partners who has the Centre for Environment and Development in Buea. I write for this blog post and update my administration. A quiet day. At least if you don’t count the racket from the road next to the office. I work til 4 pm and go home to change.
Delicious food and stunning views
I’m meeting some friends at IYA at 6 pm to eat something. ‘IYA’ means ‘mother’. The restaurant is located at a great location with views of the beautiful gardens and Mount Cameroon. The restaurant is cosy, warm and, as one of the only places in Buea, well decorated. Everywhere you look you see art that’s made in Cameroon. The employees are friendly, something that’s not always a standard in restaurants.
We order two avocado salads and one tonga roll, chicken filled with shrimp and spices in tomato sauce served with rice. The cocktails here are delicious so I order a Mojito. We toast to live, while we watch the sunset and the changing colours of the sky behind Mount Cameroon.
I’ll definitely come back to this lovely place that really feels like coming home to your mother. So if you’re ever in Buea, Cameroon this is a must
Friday, January 26
Tonight we’re going out. We meet at 22.00 at Twist. This is a restaurant/club on the fourth floor in the centre of Buea with a fantastic view. During the day it’s a little more quiet and if you’re lucky you have an amazing view of the surrounding area and you may even see the sea nearby Limbe and Tiko. While you’re enjoying this view you can see the life in Buea pass by: the yellow taxis which are always honking to pick up new customers. They drive to the busy parts of the city: Malingo, Classquaters, Buea town or Mile 17. in the background you can hear music from Cameroon and Nigeria. Mr Leo from Buea with his new hit Partou or one of Davido’s hits. I think it’s enjoyable, joyous music.
At night the music volume in the club gets turned up, Water pipes appear and the youth come here to meet and drink a cocktail (slippery nipple or sex on the beach). We share a cocktail that is pretty strong and talk about various topics: The protests, life at university and music.
Around 1 am we go to club Ebony. It’s normal here to reserve a table beforehand with a bottle of alcohol. Every group sits and dances around their own table instead of on a dance floor. Such a shame cause they’ve got some moves here!
In case you think there is no fashion style in Cameroon: You’re wrong. Especially young people in Buea know how to dress and sometimes it’s a competition for who does it best. Especially girls go all out. From tight dresses that expertly show their figure to high heels, jewelry and a different hairstyle every week.
The man are no stranger to some vanity as well. When you walk in club Ebony you come across a huge mirror where everyone stands in front of taking selfies. All kinds of poses pass by. Those photos are subsequently shared on facebook.
The whiteman (that’s what you’re called as a white person) is often laughed at because of his style. You see a lot of tourists passing by in big safari trousers, wide beige or brown shirts and dirty shoes, or even worse: hiking shoes. Fine for a hike of course but not for a club. I wear a dress but without heels so i can dance a lot. At 4 am we call it a day. It was an amazing night!