We celebrate the people of Cameroon!!

Happy new month!! We hope January was a great month for you?

This week we celebrate the beautiful Republic of Cameroon. It was their  56th independence on the 1st of January 2016!!

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The national flag of Cameroon was adopted in its present form on 20 May 1975 after Cameroon became a unitary state. It is a vertical tricolour of green, red and yellow, with a yellow five-pointed star in its centre. 

Cameroon is often called “Africa in miniature” for its geological and cultural diversity, Cameroon is home to over 23 million people with more than 200 different linguistic groups with French and English as their official languages. 


It is bordered by Nigeria to the West; Chad to the North-East; the Central African Republic to the East; and Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and the Congo to the South. Cameroon’s coastline lies on the Bight of Bonny, part of the Gulf of Guinea and the Atlantic Ocean.

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Its capital city Yaoundé lies in the centre of the country and has a population of approximately 2.5 million, the second largest city in the country after the port city Douala.


Cameroon’s culture consists of many religions including Christianity (about 69%), Islam (about 21%), and many other traditional religions as their constitution allows freedom of religion. The Northern part of Cameroon is heavily occupied by the Fulani people also known Mbororo while the Western region is home of the Bamum people. The French-speaking people are often inhabitants of the southern and western regions.

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                                                                  Mbororo lady


This is one of the most varied in Africa due to its location on the crossroads between the North, West, and centre of the continent; added to this is the profound influence of French food, a legacy of the colonial era. Among Cameroonian specialties are brochettes known locally as soya (a kind of barbecued kebab made from either chicken, beef, or goat),  sangah (a mixture of maize, cassava leaf and palmnut juice) and ndole (a spicy stew containing bitter leaf greens, meat, shrimp, pork rind and peanut paste).

Brochettes from Cameroon



Cameroon is the 117th largest export economy in the world and the 118th most complex economy according to the Economic Complexity Index (ECI). The top exports of Cameroon are crude petroleum, cocoa beans, sawn wood and bananas. It’s top imports are; Special Purpose Ships, Rice, Refined Petroleum and Packaged Medicaments.

The top export destinations of Cameroon are Portugal, Spain, the Netherlands, the United States and China The top import origins are China, Nigeria, France, Belgium-Luxembourg  and India.


So if you are in Cameroon be sure to visit any of these places!

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Mefou National Park in Younde located in the capital of Cameroon


Ekom-Nkam Waterfalls, the largest waterfall in Africa

and you can learn more about Cameroon by visiting the Museum of Civilizations in Dschang.

Thank you.

This article was specially written by a B&G friend and customer Olanike Ajeigbe.


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Beautiful Africa in 2016

Hello, we trust 2016 has truly been beautiful for you thus far. Lets do a quick look at Africa in 2016.

There is a lot happening in the global economic space; dwindling commodity and oil prices, China’s slow economy has caused low growth across the African continent. In terms of security across the continent, the battle against Boko Haram in West Africa, Al-Shabab in East Africa is still on…..


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Let’s take a sneak peek into some of the good things we are expecting in Africa this year.


We expect presidential polls will hold in Benin, Niger and Uganda in February and in Congo later in the year, elections give an opportunity for change and renewed hope. Also, exceptional leaders like John Magufuli of Tanzania and Macky Sall of Senegal are being praised for their works towards reducing government excesses and waste.

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John Magufuli                                                     Macky Sall


In the midst of the gloomy global economics, there is expected growth in Ivory Coast, Tanzania and Rwanda because they have lower exposure to the commodity slowdown, and should continue to benefit from large-scale investment in infrastructure.

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Ivory Coast                                                 Tanzania                                             Rwanda


Social and Creatives:

There are some outstanding African creatives doing awesome things in the global creative space like John Boyega (featured in Stars Wars VII), Abraham Attah (14 year old who featured in Beast of no nations) and Noma Dumezweni (will be featured in Harry Potter’s stage play)


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John Boyega                                                           Abraham Attah                  Noma Dumezweni


What great thing would you like to see in Africa in 2016?

In expecting great things to happen in Africa, we can not sit back but need to work and pray about it

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven,and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 2 Chron 7:14


Belle & Grace will continue to promote Africa’s beauty in 2016 using our unique products, regular write-ups and by working with other afrocentric entrepreneurs. In all we are working towards promoting a beautiful Africa in 2016!!!

Thank you for reading.


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Some sources:

15 african creatives to watch out for in 2016 http://venturesafrica.com/15-african-creatives-to-watch-out-for-in-2016/

Africa’s economic prospects in 2016: Looking for silver linings  http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-35261906

Pictures from Google Images and Pure Afro Travels

Belle & Graceful New Year

Beautiful day!!!

Hope you had a great christmas season and happy holiday with family and friends. Its 2016!!!!

The Belle & Grace team will like to specially THANK YOU for making our 2015 a beautiful one, thanks for always reading our blog posts, your patronage and support truly made our 2015 a belle and graceful one.

Let’s see some highlights of our 2015:

In March, we started our ColourMyAfrica blog series:


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Together, we have beautifully coloured Africa!!!


In May, we launched our double sided pocket square:

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In July, we beautified our creative director’s wedding


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In September, we launched our B&G robes

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Also in September, we got an online shop on Konga




In October, we were featured in Sunday Punch newspaper

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In December, our bow ties were launched and our bow tie sets introduced.

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Truly its been a BEAUTIFUL & GRACEFUL year for us and you have been a great part of it.


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We pray that this new year is a truly more belle and graceful one for you and us. Do let us know how we can make it a B&G one for you!!!!

Share with us your best Belle & Grace 2015 moment *smiling* Thank you


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