Greetings from Cameroon.
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Mangong Peter Musa are my names, I am an African of Cameroonian
nationality. I am a Visual Artist, Journalist and the Director of the
Musa Heritage Gallery in Cameroon. My hobbies include the arts and
crafts, computers and new information & communication technologies
(ICTS), music, plants, the environment and nature. I also enjoy
sightseeing, travelling and meeting people of different nationalities.
My career in the Visual Arts started when I was still a very small
boy. I was inspired by my dad who took up wood carving as a hobby
when I was only six years old. At the age of eleven, I successfully
realised my first woood sculpture. See (The Musa Carvers and the Musa
Heritage Gallery, Cameroon - Daniel, John and Peter Musa)
This precious item is found in
the permanent exhibition of the Musa Heritage Gallery. Further
information on the museum is found on its homepage at
In short, my lifetime has been centered around the building up of the
Musa Heritage Gallery which has as focus the preservation of the arts
and crafts of Cameroon 's Western Grassfields. The Musa Heritage
Gallery is active in the area of collecting the local arts and crafts
as well as developing a centre for culture and development
information. It is also involved in setting up a Music Information
Centre for Cameroon 's folk and contemporary music as well as music
from other neighbouring countries. Its aims are to preserve
contemporary Cameroonian arts & crafts for future generations,
develop a liking for arts, crafts and music in Cameroonians, to
expose Cameroon's rich folk music to a wider public at home and
abroad and to create a resource facility on arts, crafts, culture and
music as well as general developmental issues.
Personally my intention is to show my community and country as a
whole that the arts and crafts, culture and music can positively
contribute to the development of the nation and should therefore have
a place and recognition in society.
Apart from being in the Musa Heritage Gallery collection my works are
also with individuals in Cameroon, Europe and USA. In the company of
my brother John Musa (late) we exhibited at the Kumbo Town Green on
the occasion of National Day celebrations on the 20th May, 1983. In
1985 I carved a wall portrait of the then President of the Federal
Republic of Germany, His Excellency, Dr. Richard von Weizsacker which
I sent as a gift to him through the kind courtesy of his country's
Ambassador to Yaounde, Cameroon.
In my teens, I was among the Winners of the Best Housing Design
Competition organised in 1986 by the Cameroon Ministry of Town
Planning and Housing.
I was also 1 of 3 Winners in a drawing Competition organised in 1999
by Swiss Radio International (SRI) and more recently won a medal in
the 2004 Noma Concours for Picture Book Illustrations.
In 2004 together with some Cameroonians interested in the arts we set
up a national NGO known as the Collective Resources for the Arts and
Talents Enrichment (CREATE) to promote the arts and artists in
Cameroon. Unfortunately it has not been able to kick-off due to
logistical reasons. You can see its objectives at
Apart from from my work in the arts, I have been the Cameroon
Correspondent of a UK based IT organisation known as AITEC since
1993. I am therefore quiet abreast with the evolution of IT in
Cameroon and Africa at large. AITEC stands for the African
Information Technology Exhibitions and Comferences. This company
organises IT exhibitions and conferences on the continent and also
publishes a magazine called Computing & Communications Africa (CCA).
Some of my publications:
1. "The Commercial Traveller - Ambassador of his/her Company" in the
1991 edition of Contact International journal of The College of
Professional Management, Jersey, Britain
2. "The Eucalyptus in Cameroon - friend or Foe" in issue No. 18, 1995
of ECODECISION (Environment and Policy Magazine) published by the
Royal Socierty of Canada. Article co-authored with John Yuniwo Musa
3. "Dad's uncompleted Mission Finally Realised" (A look at a departed
Cameroonian Woodcarver of no mean order and the Musa Heritage Gallery
(Mus'Art Gallery) - September/October 1996 edition of Zine Zone vol.
1 issue No. 20 published in the U.K
4. "The Musa Carvers and the Musa Heritage Gallery, Cameroon"
published in Arts Dialogue No. 44 June 1998 published in the U.K
5. "Traditional Stewardship in the Management and Conservation of
Lake Oku" paper co-authored with Josephine Jaika Fai and selected for
presentation at the 8th International Conference on the Management of
Lakes (Lakes 99), Copenhagen, Denmark 1999
6. "Musa Heritage Gallery: Preserving the Arts and Crafts of the
Cameroon Grassfields and efforts in encouraging the local population
to become friends of museums" Paper presented at the International
Conference on the Artist, Culture and Globalisation 24th - 26th
7. "Cultural Diversity and Tommorrow" in volume 11, number 1, 2001 of
The Global Forum for Environmental Education published by the
Caretakers of the Environment International (CEI)
8. "Animist and Christian Worship in Lake Oku" paper selected for
presentation at the 9th International Conference on the Management of
Lakes (Biwako 2001), Japan 2001
9. "Web presence and the availability of internet services - The way
forward for African Museums" paper presented at the International
Conference of African Museums (AFRICOM) Nairobi, Kenya 29th September
to 1st October 2003
9. I have also published numerous articles and news stories in the
following magazines and newspapers; Computers in Africa, Africa
Health, African Farming and Food Processing, Cameroon Connection,
Cameroon Post and The Herald.
You are invited to visit my personal website highlighting my
publications at http://www.freewebs.com/petermusa
1991 Elected to Associate Membership of the Institute of Commercial
Management (AMInstCM), Bournement, England
1995 Elected to Full Membership of the Chartered Institute of
Journalists (MCIJ), London, England
1997 Joined Membership of the Arts Council of the African Studies
Association (ACASA), USA
2000 Joined Membership of the International Council of Museums
(ICOM), Paris, France
2000 Joined Membership of the International Network for Cultural
2003 Joined the online Membership of the Internet Society (ISOC)
To conclude let me look at my personal philosophies.
What am I doing day by day?
Each new day I try to do one thing which goes further to boost my
work in the arts, in my publications, at the museum and for
developmen. For instance at the moment I am planning to bring to my
community within the upcoming months a CreativeChange Travelling Arts
Exhibition from the USA showcasing works of arts by more than 50
young artists worldwide. This exhibition shall centre on the
Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and is being organised by Arts 4
Development, TakingITGlobal and the UN Millennium Campaign.
What is important to me?
Being focused and doing what is right.
What is my life purpose and the legacy I would like to leave with the
Not only to be a dreamer but to make things happen no matter how
little. I would like to be remembered as someone who contributed
positively to the development process of my country and why not
Africa and the world.
I look forward to knowing all of you and working together.
Thanks for your time.