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​O Cameroon, Cradle of Our Forefathers

This song is a national anthem.

O Cameroon, Cradle of Our Forefathers

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O Cameroon, Cradle of Our Forefathers
O Cameroon, Thou Cradle of our Fathers,
Holy Shrine where in our midst they now repose,
Their tears and blood and sweat thy soil did water,
On thy hills and valleys once their tillage rose.
Dear Fatherland, thy worth no tongue can tell!
How can we ever pay thy due?
Thy welfare we will win in toil and love and peace,
Will be to thy name ever true!

Land of Promise, land of Glory!
Thou, of life and joy, our only store!
Thine be honour, thine devotion,
And deep endearment, for evermore.

From Shari, from where the Mungo meanders
From along the banks of lowly Boumba Stream,
Muster thy sons in union close around thee,
Mighty as the Buea Mountain be their team;
Instil in them the love of gentle ways,
Regret for errors of the past;
Foster, for Mother Africa, a loyalty
That true shall remain to the last.

Land of Promise, land of Glory!
Thou, of life and joy, our only store!
Thine be honour, thine devotion,
And deep endearment, for evermore.

Music by:

René Djam Afame

Lyrics by:

René Djam Afame Samuel Minkio Bamba Moïse Nyatte Nko'o

Adopted:

1957

Language versions:

English, French

Also known as:

Chant de Ralliement The Rallying Song