Cameroonians Bestow Highest Honor to Executive Isiah Leggett

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett received the highest honor among the Cameroonian community. He is now a chief.

CameroonThe Cameroon Royal Council, an organization that promotes Cameroon’s culture and contributes to philanthropic projects in Cameroon, hosted the first Cameroon Economic Development and Cultural Forum on November 1 at the Silver Spring Civic Center.

During the event, Cameroonians officially proclaimed Leggett as chief- a title that is recognized by the Cameroon government and can be passed from generation to generation.

“The Cameroonians, the African community is an essential part of this great mosaic that we have in Montgomery County … And when we look at this great continent of Africa, I want people to be informed and to be enlightened about all that it provides. … We need to engage the Cameroonians. We need to engage people to understand more about the culture. More about the people,” said Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett.

Chief Bajon Bihai III, president of the Cameroon Royal Council, said this is a “very important title.”

Leggett also presented a proclamation recognizing the Cameroon Royal Council for its contributions to the community and efforts in hosting the first Economic Development and Cultural Forum.

According to event organizers, besides honoring Leggett, the purpose of the forum was to inform residents, entrepreneurs and local investors about opportunities in Cameroon.

Panel discussions about conducting business in Montgomery County, Africa and Cameroon, was held during the event.

Judith Stephenson, small business navigator at the Montgomery County Office of Economic Development, spoke at the event. Stephenson shared information about the county’s mentorship program, resources available to small businesses to engage with the community, information about loan programs, among others.

“I would encourage people to be involved. … Make your voice heard. …It’s really important that political leaders understand your views and your perspective,” Stephenson said.

Stephenson added that local business owners can find information about resources available to residents on the Montgomery County Office of Economic Development website.

The evening also featured the  richness and diversity of the Cameroonian heritage where vendors and exhibitors showcased textiles, agriculture, retail, art, and more.

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Aline Barros

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Aline Barros is a multimedia reporter and community engagement specialist with Montgomery Community Media. She can be reached at and on Twitter at @AlineBarros2.


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