“I spent a couple of weeks over the summer photographing the Littoral Region and South West region of Cameroon.
Being Cameroonian myself but born in England I wanted to better understand the culture as well as the political unrest between the Anglophone and Francophone region. To put it simply there is a disproportionate disparity in power and wealth, which has led to power shortages, strikes and schooling being halted.
What stood out to me the most was actually the resemblance between English politics and power structures as compared to Cameroon. With African corruption and poverty being heavily pronounced in the media, admittedly often accurately, it was interesting to see that there are massive ideological similarities. A prime example being the lack or responsibility taken for the welfare of the lower classes.
Paul Biya, Cameroon’s president lives a lavish lifestyle of astronomical wealth whilst overseeing a country where I didn’t meet one person my age who believed they had a future unless they emigrated elsewhere due to lack of economic opportunity. A familiar tale of African corruption. At the same time however, we’ve recently seen Theresa May orchestrate a deal worth over £1bn to form a coalition with the DUP whilst the victims of the Grenfell Tower tragedy, which arguably only happened as the result of money being prioritised over the welfare of lower class people in the first place, were offered £5m. I feel this showcases both leaders priority to maintain their own power above the well-being of the people they supposedly represent.
Though this is frustrating I feel the best course of action for those of us in the creative sector and outside of it, is to work to help each other rather than looking up to our leaders to do so, with that in mind I’m selling prints of photos I took in Cameroon on my site and 50% of the proceeds will go to the London Fire Relief Fund via my webstore.”
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