By Stephen Njumbe Sako
The people of Great Soppo within the Buea Municipality have raised resources in cash and in kind, for the construction of a museum and a council hall. The impromptu fund raising event was held on Saturday, March 31, 2012 at the Great Soppo Chief's Palace, when some concerned citizens came to pay New Year’s wishes to the chief, His Majesty Chief Etina Monono. The Chief welcomed the guests at his Palace and thanked them for their presence which to him, “showed concern on the wellbeing of Great Soppo.”
Commenting on the idea of constructing a museum, in place of other pressing public works projects for his Chiefdom, Chief Monono said he had nursed the idea long before his Palace got burnt. In his view, “the museum is to localize some of the cultural artifacts of the native Bakweri tribe, and to revamp the Bakweri culture which is fast giving way to other cultures.”
Reacting to queries on the fire incident that burnt down his Palace, with damages estimated at about 30 million FCFA, Chief Monono reiterated that the responsibility to rebuild the burnt Palace is his and that of his relatives. He however stressed that money raised during the gathering “is for the realization of a Palace museum and a council hall as suggested by the Council of elders.”
At the close of the event, Chief Monono called on the inhabitants of Great Soppo to continue to support one another and to live in peace and harmony. “Great Soppo” he said, “is a cosmopolitan land", "and so, we welcome everybody, indigenes and non-indigenes alike."
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