By Ireneaus Chia Chongwain
The much-awaited and largely successful 2008 Beijing Olympic Games is now history. China used the occasion not only to showcase its economic and organisational prowess, but also to set an unprecedented record in the area of volunteerism and mobilisation. The slogan, where there is a will, there is a way, assumed a hitherto unknown dimension as Chinese volunteers, both young and old, all worked together to ensure the games' success; a success that altered previously held pejorative perceptions of their nation. In Cameroon, where "motivation" is always requested militantly for the slightest service offered, the China example could help Cameroonians map out new ways of helping their country.