Environmental Storytelling in Cameroon

This June, a group of storytellers and journalists came together for an experiential learning opportunity to amplify awareness on environmental issues and community responses to the climate crisis in Cameroon.

Environmental Storytelling in Cameroon

Across four days, 28 storytellers, journalists, and students attended virtual workshops hosted by a variety of expert speakers. Of those participants, 15 were also present in Yaoundé, Cameroon for intensive in-person storytelling workshops.

The seminar was jointly hosted by 2022 Mandela Washington Fellow Beverly Ndifoin and Associate Professor at George Washington University and Planet Forward Director of Academic Adventures Dr. Imani Cheers. Ndifoin and Cheers developed and led the course as part of an initiative by the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders.

Participants work on crafting written, video, and podcast stories. (Beverly Ndifoin)

“Our goal was to share knowledge on the environmental landscape in Cameroon. We focused on media technologies, storytelling techniques, various environmental issues in Cameroon. Students here told local stories for a global audience,” said Ndifoin.

Participants created stories on topics ranging from community efforts to recycle plastic, beekeeping as a conservation method, and on the impact of deforestation in Cameroon.

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