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Ma Mary

The same word, kaba is used for various forms of colorful African womens dress in Ghana and Sierra Leone. A design very similar to the Cameroon kaba was imposed by the Victorian missionaries on the women of the Polynesian island kingdom of Tonga under the pretext that women's breasts were immodest and shameful and had to be covered. It is summer in America and on some days it is so hot that I wished I could walk around bare-chested, but I would be gawked at and harassed and even arrested. A couple of years ago, a young woman was arrested for daring to breastfeed her crying, hungry baby in a public place. The real Eurocentric idea, Lamy is that breasts have been hypersexualised.


What a prolific writer. I am impressed and proud that we have patriotic writers in Cameroon who are able to counter fictitious Eurocentric ideologies with concrete and plausible facts.Kudos Poubom Lamy, kUDOS.


What a prolific writer. I am impressed and proud that we have patriotic writers in Cameroon who are able to counter fictitious Eurocentric ideologies with concrete and plausible facts.Kudos Poubom Lamy, kUDOS.

Fritzane Kiki HK

Is Africa's search for a formal dress futile?Maybe the question is too difficult to come out with a clear cut answer.Since the Africans have capitlised on 'Kaba' as their formal dress.But it goes beyond that.The poverty and lack of basic facilities have contributed to this.Much more.

Fritzane Kiki
Hong Kong

Danny Boy

Mr. Lamy,
this is a brilliant advert for the Kaba. My problem is, in trying to tell the world that Africans had a dress code, you failed to mention what this was. When I was growing up I saw adults still wearing the "ngwasi". This was a simple rope around the waste and some parchment hung from front to back! Some Bakas in the Eastern province still go about in this!! I am just wondering if this amounts to a dress one should be proud of, as an African Heritage today?
And before this "ngwasi", I hate to imagine how they dressed.

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