Observing ghost towns in the North West and South West regions has become a way of life of the population. When Monday the day widely circulated as ‘ghost town day’, the cities are usually busy with people trying to put things in order both at home and shops so that when ghost town comes knocking, they will have the courage to confront it.
That is why the People of the two English speaking regions have almost forgotten about Sabbath day which is Sunday. Most people especially traders, ‘buyam sellams’ have not been making it to church because they have to struggle to finish sales or a sizable amount on Sunday before observing ghost town. That is why Sunday in Bamenda is like any other ordinary day, in fact more busy than ever. Markets are jammed packed with traders fighting to sell all their goods and buyers who come to buy much food to keep home when stores will be locked.
Monday which was supposed to be the first day at work of the week is now considered ‘Kontri Sunday’, the appellation comes as a result of the fact that when observing ghost town, they are not allowed to go out to carry out their usual activity and just like on Sundays on normal days in the regions, people seldom go to farm or sell in the markets at a certain hour because they know it is the Sabbath day. But on ‘Kontri Sunday’ which is Monday, people stay at home, do not even go to church, and do not pray but instead live in fear.
The scary ‘Kontri Sunday’ was observed this Monday in the two English speaking regions though not all the cities, Limbe a cosmopolitan town partially observed the ghost town this Monday February 20, 2017 as several taxis and bikes were in circulation.
But towns like Bamenda, Kumbo, Kumba, Mamfe, Buea and other areas heeded to the call by interim leaders of the outlawed Anglophone Consortium