Cameroon, on the Gulf of Guinea, is a Central African country of varied terrain and wildlife. Its inland capital, Yaoundé, and its biggest city, the seaport Douala, are transit points to ecotourism sites as well as beach resorts like Kribi – near the Chutes de la Lobé waterfalls, which plunge directly into the sea – and Limbe, home to a wildlife center.

With it’s Capital Yaoundé lead by a President Paul Biya who have been in power for the pas there decades, The Cameroon Currency Central African CFA franc. The Official languages of Cameroon is French, English and the President being from the French section by default the Prime minister Philémon Yang since June of 2009 is from the English speaking section specifically from Bui Northwest Provence of Cameroon. Cameron has an expected Population 22.25 million as of 2013 according to the World Bank
With it’s rich Culture Cameroon is diverse an made up of a mix of about 250 indigenous populations with as many languages and customs. Nicknamed “Little Africa”  Cameroon geographically and consists of coastline, mountains, grass plains, forest, rainforest and desert, all of the geographical regions in Africa in one
The labor market in Cameroon is characterized by a large informal sector, low-paying jobs, and low productivity due partly to the fact that the education system is not geared toward meeting the needs of the jobs market.   These are key highlights that is strangling the Cameroon Economic, which bring us to our main story.

With the lack of jobs, young cameroonian are struggling and trying to show the world their skills and nobody represents this better than Cameroonian designer Tousse Emerique AKA Tangou as describe here by blogger Huber in the Design Blog.

Tousse Emerique, How did you get into footwear design?

I always loved drawing everything around me, but I was more passionate about cars and shoes.  Footwear was my favorite because in my district there were children from a rich family wearing basketball shoes to play basketball every weekend.  Every evening I would go there to see the sneakers on their feet and then come back home to sketch my own sneakers. On Monday, I would show them to my classmates.

One day as I went to see the guys playing basketball, one of them saw me looking at the sneakers on his feet and challenging it to the one I designed.  He came close to me and discovered my sketches, then asked me, “is it you who do this?” As he was a child from rich family, I was afraid.  I got up and I started to run to my house.  He tried to find me and started to convince me that he was liking what I do.  He told me that the thing I do is called design, and said that companies like Fila or Adidas might like my design and produce them. Nike was my favorite, and my love for design became so big, I started putting Nike logo on all shoes I was designing up until secondary school.

How have you utilized the Internet to learn more about design?    

I told to my father one day that I would like to work for Nike in the future.  He said that  I need to graduate at school then he will get me to study footwear design someday. Unfortunately he died when I was just 16 years. 6 years later my mother could not pay my school anymore.

I decided to look for a school in footwear design to study and get my graduation to design shoes that I could post to Nike.

Unfortunately, I noticed there were schools in arts but none in the footwear design field.  My friends told me I will never get to design school because they are only abroad (country of white people) were you can find such a school. They also said I should better give up because it is impossible for people like us to get there for study.

I knew I should find a solution to get to footwear design school, but how?  Then one day walking in the street I saw people working on the computer.  I got in to the cyber and asked to the network man what it was about.  He explained to me everything, and I told him about my wish to find a school and people doing the same thing as me.  He opened a mailbox for me and taught me how to use Internet.  We do have Internet but it is very far from my home so I always have to take a taxi to get there and we have connection problems all the time, but we do with.

Online I discovered Mr Pietro Pellicelli and I wrote him a letter.  He answered me back and started to teach me design.  We have known each other almost 3 years.

Pietro Pellicelli is the first one who started to help me with a book called FOOTWEAR DESIGN GUIDE.  I discovered Mesh01 and posted a letter to look for mentorship and I discovered Mr Nick Huber who helped me improve my skill, and Matt Dealmeida on Core77 who also helped me to improve.

It is true I’m not a professional, yet, but I would like to thank them and all the professionals of Core77 that answered me back.  And thanks the one who


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