Our guest this week was Sylvie Qwasinwi Ngassa Bello, Founder and CEO of the Cameroon American Council (CAC). Since 2010 the CAC has been forwarding its mission to build capacity, relevance and visibility in African communities in the USA through its three signature programs: Arts Outreach, Health Advocacy and Capacity Building.
We discussed the immigrant experience in the DC area and in particular the Cameroonian diaspora, and how the CAC strives to give the area’s immigrants a sense of belonging as well as a sense of responsibility to their communities back home.
CAC’s work teasing out the pitfalls and opportunities of the Affordable Care Act brought them to the attention of the Washington Post and eventually the White House in 2011, forcing a closer analysis of how different communities are represented in the statistical models being used.
We also discussed Cameroonian music and the current cynical politics being used to create division between north and south in Cameroon. Check out the interview below and click the link to learn more about the Cameroon American Council.