Academic and Cultural Immersion in Cameroon and Ethiopia

Academic and Cultural Immersion in Cameroon and Ethiopia

During the 2012 Cameroon-Ethiopia Summer Study Abroad program, a group of BU students participated in a wide variety of academic and cultural enrichment activities, including visits to the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa and the Ethiopian National Museum — where a replica of Lucy is housed.

The students also:

  • took cooking lessons
  • performed African dances and choral music to an audience of more than 300 Cameroonian students and faculty
  • played and read with Cameroon children
  • presented gifts to an orphanage
  • took a canoe ride up the river Lobe to visit a camp of Pygmies and the Baka people
  • hiked into the Korup Rain Forest and up Mount Cameroon

Students present and perform at colloquium

Cameroon-Ethiopia Study Abroad
Midway through their summer study abroad experience, the group of BU students made presentations at the colloquium on Contemporary Approaches to English language and Literary Studies in Cameroon co-organized by English faculty S. Ekema Agbaw and Stephanie Schlitz last month (June 1 to 2) at the University of Buea.

The colloquium, which attracted participants from several other universities in Cameroon, was organized in collaboration with the University of Buea’s department of English within the framework of the cooperation agreement between the two institutions. BU students also performed an adaptation of Real Mothers, a Cameroonian novel they studied in the Non-Western literature class.

Students join in Cameroon celebration

Summer Study Abroad A group of BU students led by English faculty S. Ekema Agbaw and Stephanie Schlitz, along with David Walker, assistant professor of early childhood and adolescent education, on a five-week summer study broad program in Cameroon and Ethiopia joined Cameroonians in Buea, capital of the South-West region to celebrate their national day.

After watching the national day parade with Cameroonian dignitaries from the grandstand, the student and faculty were invited to the governor’s annual gala.

During their time abroad, the students studied at the University of Buea, Cameroon and visited historic and cultural sites in Ethiopia. Buea is located at the foot of Cameroon Mountain, the highest peak in West Africa, and is the only English-speaking university in this bilingual country.