In June and July of 2013, I traveled to Douala, Cameroon with my parents. My dad was born in Cameroon, more specifically a small village named Bangou near the Western coast. All my life his childhood has been murky business from my perspective, a mystery I couldn't quite wrap my head around as I grew up in suburbia playing intramural basketball and calling yard sale profits resilience. Traveling to Bangou (the last time I had been I was two years old) was personally very significant. Observing my father in the ecosystem from which he was birthed was both a revelatory and beautifully jarring experience.
Dad recently founded a non-profit foundation in Bangou. I mention this incessantly because I am perpetually inspired and incredibly proud of my father. These photos are a visual essay of time spent observing the bi-annual Journees Medicales and scholastic scholarship ceremony, both by products of Fondation Sinkam Charles.