Youth Day in Cameroon

Every February 11th is celebrated as Youth Day in Cameroon. This holiday honors and recognizes the contributions made by the country’s young people. The youth of Cameroon have been pivotal in shaping the nation’s future, especially during periods of turmoil experienced in the past.

This day serves as a platform to highlight the potential, talents, and achievements of young people in fields such as community development, education, sports, arts, and business. Accompanied by a colorful parade and a variety of other activities, this day is joyfully observed in towns and cities across Cameroon.

The History of Youth Day in Cameroon

The origins of this holiday can be traced back to the 1960s when the country was beginning to undergo a period of political transformation. On February 11th, 1961, the Tripartite Youth Conference was held in the capital city of Yaoundé.

During this conference, representatives from British Cameroon, French Cameroon, and Southern Cameroon came together to discuss plans for the nation’s future. It brought together young Cameroonians from different cultures and regions to express their aspirations and engage in productive dialogue about the potential for a unified and independent Cameroon.

Ever since that fateful day in 1961, February 11th has been observed as Youth Day in Cameroon. It is a day that highlights the potential of young people, as well as their talents and achievements. It is observed at every level of government — from local to national.

Observing Youth Day in Cameroon

A significant part of this holiday is the colorful parade of young people that takes place in many towns and cities across the country. However, that is not the only way, or even the most interesting way, this holiday is celebrated in Cameroon.

There are also theatrical and dance performances, concerts, and displays of traditional costumes. Local musicians play music for the people, and fairs are held.

Participants include students from schools and universities, youth organizations, cultural groups, and various associations from around Cameroon. To spread the word about this holiday, the hashtag #YouthDayCameroon can be posted on social media.

Where is it celebrated?
Cameroon (Public holiday)
When is it?
This year (2024)
February 11 Sunday
Next year (2025)
February 11 Tuesday
Last year (2023)
February 11 Saturday