YOU KNOW YOU ARE CAMEROONIAN WHEN…

Cameroon

Mr N just returned home with bags of Njama Njama from the farmers market. Then we started chatting about how it is easy to spot a Cameroonian at the farmer’s market based on how their eyes scan the plan in search of our beloved  Njama Njama, which is known in English as garden huckleberry. You can almost ascertain a person’s “Cameroonianess” when you see how the person hunts for these green leaves as though they have the power of life and death.

After the chat, I started thinking of the various things that make Cameronians, Cameroonian. They range from food to language, to childhood memories and experiences. You know you are Cameroonian when…

1. Party time means eat, drink, repeat. Food! Food!! More Food!!!
2. Good food to you is EruNdole and Burning Fish. You have a love-love relationship with these meals and the moments you devour them are moments of pure joy.
3. You call beer “one man”, “shack” or “mimbo”.

4. You have eaten puff puff and beans at least once in your life.

5. You have cursed Mami Puff Puff for not selling at her food joint on a day she was sick and you really wanted puff puff. Wicked woman!

6. Some form of rice must be cooked on Christmas day

7. You look forward to long road trips because of all the food you will buy at stops. Burning planti and plum, burning fish, Pamplemousse, soya.

8. Your father was always first in school. How can you fail?

9. Your mother called you at some point in your childhood to run from where ever you were playing and give her something that was literally inches away from her.

“Azahhh!!! Gimme that coco for front dey make ah peel am”

10. Your home was never made up of just father, mother and kids. I grew up with uncles, cousins and aunts, relatives, you name it. Pa and Ma Nchifor, I hail oo!


11. Football is your life or the life of those around you. I never liked football but my dad and brothers LOVE football. 
12. You ask for “dash” when you are done shopping.
13. You speak English and some form of French (whether broken or fixed). Or you speak French and some form of English.
14. You played tabala, cizo, dodging and ehn ehn while growing up.
15. You sang songs like:
Mr Cocoji e bikin di falla goat
E nack e food… (Please complete for me)
16. You fought pretend war in uncompleted buildings.
17. You made cars out of flip-flops and wood.

18. You cooked mud as food in tomato and sardine cans.

19. You call flip-flops, “two-rope sleppas”

20. You have been late for everything in your life but you arrived early for your American visa interview.
21. You call your mother, “reme” and your father, “repe”
22. Your father had almost nothing to do with the kitchen while you were growing up. Shout out to Mr N who cooked something looking like Irish Potato Hotpot and called it, Poulet DG.
23. You call your friends, “boh”, “massa” or “o boy”
24. Everyone may call you ” Precious” but your family members will call you, “Meshi’ or “Ma Meshi” or  “Mamire” because that’s the name that matters to them. Precious is “waiman” name and Meshi is “contri” name and that’s the one they identify with.
25. A visit to someone’s home is not complete without you being served food and/or drink. Once upon a time, young boy put his hands on his head in disbelief because my younger brother refused a drink offer from a neighbour he was visiting. He was literally like this:

How you go deny mimbo??? Did I cover everything? Wona add wona own oo.

What are the characteristics of the people in your country? Please share below.

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38 Comments

  1. Soo funny, can definitely relate to all of these, how you go deny mambo forreal, playing ehhn ehhn, haha, or giving someone directions you go pass that big mango tree so for ur right climb small hill n that Mami wae di sell koki beans…. etc lol

  2. Hahahaha Evy! That way for give description na de eye.
    Thanks for stopping by, dear!

  3. Good one, u really brought out the memories. You know u are cameroonian when every little opportunity is a party, serving a variety of food and drinks and music and dance to go with it

  4. Ateyu. Every opportunity is a chance to celebrate with food and drink.

  5. hahahaha number 7 is a story of my life. My UB days, I used to look forward to the melong stop. You know you are Cameroonian when you dance to the sound of Bikutsi/makossa, bensikin etc unconciously even if you don't understand the lyrics.

  6. Yi nack yi foot fo jigga yi wan side belly high 🙂

    Lol you really captured the essence of what it means to be Cameroonian. Plus we played seven stones and your mum will tell you… 'if ah catch you you go tell me if na me born you or na you born me'.

    Sitting by the fireside roasting corns and plums and telling stories while the rains pour. Camer is truly unique in many ways.

    Majority of anglophone households cook only with black maggi.

  7. I'm here for the photo. You look gorgeous! And a lot of these are pretty common with Nigerians as well.

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  8. i just remembered one other funny one,

    you know your a Cameroonian when you and your friend goes to visit your school crush and after the long walking journey, you arrive the house looking forward to eat and when your ask, your friend quickly says, " He just said hes not hungry"

    You know your a cameroonian when youve never dated but you know the in and outs of it and always have a fake story about u and one girl or guy whom they later discovered never existed

  9. you know you are a Cameroonian when the guy asking you out needed to buy you biscuits and top. One of my auntys own boo used to get her but mbu lmaoooooooo

    you know you are a cameroonian when that "old-pa" who always comes to "langa" calls you his wife and OMG, crying to the first power while other make fun of you

    you know you are a cameroonian when your crush is your neighbours cousins who always comes for vacation and leave but you never say it to them while your action says it all.

    you know you are a Cameroonian when your ID says you are one. One love my people!!

  10. You know you are a Cameroonian when playing "all-head" was bad when you win in one side and not the other

    You know you are a Camerooniann when you cant wait for "crimo" day to come so you wear your "cha-cha" and "kosh-kosh"

    You know you are a Cameroonian when they sent you to serve water in a glass and you taste a little. hahahahahaha

    You know you are a Cameroonian when you used to stage ballet in your neighbours kids bday

    You know you are a Cameroonian when your playing at the "backside" with your friends and they call you and you grumble twisting your body and swinging your arms with a twisted face

    You know your a Cameroonian when they you give your chalk to "azongo" or "backbenchers" or people who have repeated class one for more than one year to tell you a movie of sango-koo drawn on a paper

    you know you are a cameroonian when your elders eat your meat in the name of "apetit" and you refuse, they threaten you lololol chai

    you know your a cameroonian when as you get old, you cant wait to do these same things to your juniors lmaoo

    you know you are a Cameroonian when you are watching movie with your elders and they show a kissing part, OMG "close those eyes" at you. My grandma was like "kiss-am" since the movie was slowing during such scenes lmaooo

    fun memoirs. Thank you. Will be coming back here for some recipes

  11. ??????This was funny and that is one lovely looking print on you! Some of these things are also similar to Nigerians though the dash after shopping is seen as jara. I believe there are more than 10 languages in Nigeria and so one tribe might say we call it this, another one says we call it that. All in all, as long as the point was gotten. lol

  12. Hahahah Shirra! You are Cameroonian to the core.

    That swinging of arms and twisting of face when 'they' call you is so real.
    That eating of your meat in the name of 'appetit'. Wey! Na appetit again for weti wey person di enjoy chop nor?

    You are so funny! Thanks for this comment, dear. There are many Camer recipes here to dig into so enjoy!

  13. HAHAHAHA at mbu!!!
    Those old pas who used to langa! I know quite a few. LOL

  14. Dah pipo dem for bush
    Dem bikin di laugh
    Ha ha ha mister ccoji!

    LOL sis. I still play seven stones in front of my house ya. It is so sweet. I see my neighbours admiring me like, "that is cool".

  15. Hahahah I know right! Those meals during a journey are the "bestest".
    Some of those songs eh, we don't even know what they are saying but we keep rocking along.

  16. LOL. Thanks darling!
    My attire is from the North West Region of Cameroon and it is called "Toghu".

  17. LOL, like my fellow Nigerians have said, we share quite a few characteristics as you guys.

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  18. Lol, you look good dear, loving your outfit.

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  19. LOL. I guess it runs in the blood – We are Africans.

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  20. lol!!We Nigerians have some things in common.Your hair is pretty.

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  21. Hahahahaha whey child hood.
    Seven stone is cool for real I still play it now and then.
    BTW love ya Toghu and the surprise fo deny mimbo pischure, Classic!

  22. Hahaha…Numbers 12 and 20 got me the most.We share a lot in common. Nigerians and Cameroonians.
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  23. Hahaha no be so? Thank you, sis!

  24. It truly runs in the blood.

  25. lol really funny post.. For some reason I thought you were Nigerian lol.. Maybe see all the food.. meatpie, puff puff in my head only Nigerians call them that.
    We have alot of similarities though.

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  26. You are not the only one who has thought that way. We are one, though.

  27. You know you are a Cameroonian when you play "Nzoloh beating" after school and receive the beating of your life as you get very dirty, then you go home and receive another serious beating from your mom.

  28. Hahaha Nzoloh beating! Oh my! Memories!!!

  29. Presh you no go kill me o1 haha.
    i'm not cameroonian but can relate with some of this stuff.

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  30. Hahahahahahaha Cameroonian to the core. Epic and best response! You sabi!

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  31. You know you are a Cameroonian when you go swimming after school in the stream and water carries one side of your shoe away.Then you know say cha-ah don bad

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