Interview with Prof. Eloundou on the German colonial remains in Cameroon

Credits: Isaac Iboi

Between 1904-1909, there were waves of migrations of Namibians

  • What if we come back to the motivations behind this German repression?
  • According to your works, we would find the Namibians, at least their descendants or offsprings in Douala, Dschang and even in Buea. An idea of ​​specific neighborhoods or localities?
  • According to the German system, after the 22 Namibians returned, they had to return to work in the camps, so as to complete their missions.
  • We were also talking about Cameroonians who were deported to Togo, Namibia, etc. Do we have any idea of ​​their strains?
  • We are experiencing the same difficulties at the human level with Namibia. Why aren’t we talking about the Cameroonian genocide as well?
  • Germany executed several chiefs including Duala Manga-Bell. Is it to say that the Cameroonian resistance was not?

Read Professor Eloundou’s detailed response to our research questions.

Holes in the memory

Credits: GERMAN CAMEROON – Map by Max Moisel in 1913

It is very delicate to talk about Africa, when we know how much some people, out of ignorance and indecency, evoke this continent with multiple facets of extreme complexity; from Algeria to Cape Town, from Sudan to the depths of the equatorial forest, just to pretend to consider it as a country.

South to South Co-Narrative Occupation

Credits: Decolonialists participating in a Global south to Global South workshop on co-narrative occupation, bones rising and the Namibian story teller’s Geneological positioning in the Nama-Herero genocide, Photo by Christian Etongo

Following the research Yaounde Cameroon during the Burden of memory cultural week. Veronique Mensah and Nyasha Joshua Kuchekana-Chirau manage to create a network of Cameroonian artists that were willing and able to performatively fill the gaps of Germany’s colonial heritage in both Namibia and Cameroon, the has referred to by as “Occupying the co-narrative”.

As Bones Risings  second Research and Preparation workshop. Veronique and Nyasha  managed conduct a de-colonial story telling workshop with Artist the had come to Namibia for ritualist performance protest on the Nama-Herero Genocide

Rass Mangmo From Cameroon explaining the ancient Bamilike tale of the Kokfak instrument and its link to the project Bones Rising

Using Applied Theatre Techniques for Knowledge Production

Credits: Child and elderly audience participating in co narrative occupation and interacting per formatively in the public intervention, photo by Neige Ice cream

Workshop Facilitated by Veronique B. Mensah at the National Theatre Namibia

In this third and last research and preparation workshop Veronique only made use of 2 Techniques because of the time given.

“We are here to engage kinesthetic responses,  There is no right nor wrong,  there is only Limited Time”Veronique B Mensah

The work shop started with a slideshow is playing with images while participants are welcomed into the venue. This was. Followed by a Warm- Up session where Veronique introduces games she devised with Born a Star Academy, After playing this games every participant introduces themselves with a super hero name.  Participants get a Brief Introduction and background on Veronique Mensah and an overview of how she uses Applied Theatre Techniques in her work. Pictures and Videos will be shared with Participants along side a question and answer segment.

Occupying De-colonial Co-narratives by Veronique B Mensah

'My Body-space as an Archive'; Daughter of Molly
Credits: Veronique Occupying the Co-narrative at a Nama Herero Genocide Protest in Swakop Namibia, Photo by James Jamu VM Born Stars Productions

As a child growing up in Mariental, we did not have recreational centres where young minds could meet and engage in cultural activities outside the school premises. The only source of entertainment that was available was the television and my grandmother and great-grandmother’s stories about Growing up in then German- South West Africa, The Arrival of Different Catholic Missionaries and the impact it had on life as they knew it along with Folktales and different life lessons always transferred to me through stories (etc).

The Folk Tale Of Human Bones

Our Bones Par Our Land
Credits: Our bones par our land, Decolonial storytelling for children as a public intervention by Veronique B Mensah during the second Namibian Land Conference, – photo by Neige Ice cream

Human Bones

Human bones is a Nama Folktale that takes place in the village of Okombahe where a young mother Lena, lives with her children. Lena was a sheep herder and a domestic worker.

Difficult Heritage – Linden Museum Stuttgart

Linden Museum Difficult Heritage

Difficult Heritage

The Linden-Museum and Württemberg in the colonial period
A workshop exhibition 16 March 2021 until 8 May 2022

What does the Linden-Museum have to do with German colonialism? Which Württemberg protagonists were involved in colonialism? And how present was colonialism in the everyday world of Württemberg? These are the questions that a workshop exhibition on Württemberg colonial history, which can be seen from 26 November 2020 to 8 May 2022 at the Linden-Museum Stuttgart, aims to answer.

The »African Quarter« in Berlin

Credits: Signs of the City, urban dialogues, Philipp Auer, 2008

There is a borough called »African Quarter« in Berlin. 

Here, a large number of streets have names are related to the German colonization in Africa. These names are now criticized as discriminatory remnants of colonialism and are part of a larger public discourse in Berlin and Germany. 

An article in »The Guardian« from April 2017 gives profound information about this context. 

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2017/apr/04/germanys-other-brutal-history-should-berlins-african-quarter-be-renamed