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Cameroonian Artists in the World Bank Spotlight

July 17, 2014


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Photo credit: Odilia Hebga/World Bank

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Over the course of a year, the World Bank’s country office in Yaoundé is showcasing over 48 works by seven Cameroonian artists
  • This display is the fourth edition of “Cameroon: A Contemporary Vision,” an exhibition aimed at promoting Cameroonian art
  • In 2006, the World Bank’s country office in Yaoundé launched a cultural program that has displayed the works of as many as 26 artists to date.

Yaoundé, July 17, 2014 On June 26, 2014, the World Bank’s country office in Yaoundé could have been mistaken for an art gallery. Buzzing with over 100 art enthusiasts, members of government, and curious onlookers, the office launched the fourth edition of the art exhibit “Cameroon: A Contemporary Vision,” the fruit of a partnership between the World Bank and the Hilton hotel in Yaoundé. 



" Through this cultural partnership we established a few years ago, we are seeking to make a modest contribution to the promotion of Cameroonian art "
Gregor Binkert

Gregor Binkert

World Bank Country Director for Cameroon

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Photo credit: Odilia Hebga/World Bank

Cameroon, a veritable crossroads of art and African culture, is home to over 200 ethnic groups that make up the country’s rich artistic and cultural heritage. Renowned for its originality and authenticity, Cameroonian art is regularly exhibited in museums and galleries all over the world.

Over the course of a year, some 48 works by 7 immensely talented artists (Hervé Youmbi, Louis Epée, Hervé Yamguen, Ginette Daleu, Boris Nzebo, Justine Gaga, and Emile Youmbi) will be showcased in the office of this development institution, all of which are intended for sale.

“The fact that this invitation was so widely attended goes to show that art is something that interests, touches, and speaks to many people. Art in general, and this display in particular, allows our minds to wander, to dream, and to escape thanks to this cultural respite,” stated Mamma Alim Ahmed, the exhibition’s curator.


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