Nso and Its Neighbours. Readings in the Social History of the Western Grassfields of Cameroon
Readings in the Social History of the Western Grassfields of Cameroon
Publication Year: 2011
Published by: African Books Collective
His Royal Majesty Sam Mbinglo I Fon Nso 1995
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Phyllis was born in California of English parents. The surname (pronounced Kay-berry) is common in Yorkshire. Her father, an architect, took his family to Australia, where Phyllis was educated and grew up with ‘her brothers. She went to the...
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Regional studies provide us with a wider view and make for a better understanding of the forces that help shape the development of areal and ethnic phenomena and histories. They bring into focus the forces that produce conflict or cooperation among...
Section I - The Regional Background
1. The History Of The Peopling Of Western Cameroon And The Genesis Of Its Landscapes
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Not so long ago the generally accepted opinion, summarized by Ghomsi, was that the high plateaux or Grassfields of Western Cameroon had been peopled, in succession, by a very ancient stock whose presence was evidenced by archaeological finds, then...
2. Traditional Diplomacy, Trade and Warfare in the Nineteenth-Century Western Grassfields
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In 1889 Dr Eugen Zintgraff, the first European to visit the Western Grassfields, was arrested by Kom warriors as he crossed the Kom country. In his book Nord-Kamerun (1895), he recounts how his party was suddenly surrounded by warriors who were...
Section II - Precolonial Studies
3. The Oku Iron Industry In Its Regional Setting: A Descriptive Account
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Eugen Zintgraff, the first European to reach the prosperous Ndop Plain chiefdom of Babungo, in 1889, noted that it was a major cell of iron production with a widespread reputation for its products for peaceable dealings with strangers...
4. Tradztzonal Modes Of Cooperatzon Zn Nso’: A Brief Description
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The idea and practice of cooperation among individuals for the purpose of improving their economic and social wellbeing is an old one in Nso’. Historically, it has taken several forms which, although changed and transformed somewhat by colonial and...
Section III - The Colonial Impact
5. The Bafut And The Germans, 1889-1907
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The effective establishment of European colonial rule in Africa from the last quarter of the nineteenth to the first decade of the twentieth century took place in two phases. The first one was the scramble and partition of parts of the continent among the European countries...
6. Nso’ And The Germans: The First Encounters In Contemporary Documents And In Oral Tradition
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In 1958, 1960 and 1963 the late Dr Kaberry, accompanied for some time by Mrs Chilver, collected some information from elderly men, who had been witnesses of the events concerning the first encounters between Nso’ and the Germans. Her notes are deposited at the...
7. Native Administration In The West Central Cameroons 1902-1954
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This is an account of the work of European political officers, viewed through their spectacles, in a small part of west Central Africa between 1902, when a German imperial military station was built in Bamenda, and 1954, when the Southern Cameroons obtained its first...
Section IV - Continuity And Compromise At The Grassroots
8. A Girl Growing Up In Nso’: 1940-1943
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After Christmas in 1940, my mother said that I should get a small plot at the Mission and learn farming. Before this I used to go to farm with her but she said that she did not like my method of farming. I had not learnt the correct way. She gave me a fairly big plot near...
9. Land And Cultivation Rights In Nso’ In The Nineteen Forties
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After the Fon had conquered Ngkar, Ndzerem, and the villages in the northwest and west, he became the overlord of all Nso’ territory; those of his people who, until that time, had enjoyed considerable independence were left in possession of their land but held it subject...
10. Nuptiality In The Jakiri District Of Cameroon
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One of the five principal variables of demographic change is nuptiality. It is difficult to study this variable because, by its nature, it is influenced by several socio-cultural sub-variables many of which are diffuse and interrelated, and cannot lend themselves easily to...
Section V - Continuities At The Palace
11. The Fon’s Wives In Nso’
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The Fon of Nso’ has many wives. In 1913, Father Emonts found that the Fon then, Ngga’ Bi’fon, had slightly over 300 wives and female dependents; Mbingkar Mbinglo (Sam III) had about 100. But the present Fon at the time of my survey had 89 wives. One reason for...
12. Nto’ Nso’ And Its Occopants: Privileged Access And Internal Organisation In The Old And New Palaces
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Nso’ and the fraternal chiefdoms of Oku and Mbiame now form the Bui Division of the North-West Province of Cameroon, which had a population of some 142,000 in 1976 and an area roughly corresponding to that of the Grand Duchy of Luxemburg. The earliest...
13. The Transfer Of Power And Authority In Nto’ Nso’
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This paper deals with the transfer of power and authority from one team of leaders to another in nto’ Nso’ or Nso’ palace. Specifically, it discusses the position of the Fon, supreme ruler or king, of Nso’ in the society, his death and burial, the selection and installation...
14. The Transfer Of Power And Authority In Nto’ngkar
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The Ngkar chiefdom is an integral part of a much larger polity, the Nso’ fondom or kingdom, which today claims to comprise the administrative Bui Division of Cameroon. The other chiefdoms include: the closely allied autonomous chiefdom of Oku with...
15. The Ideology And Political Economy Of Gender: Women And Land In Nso’
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These are trying times in Cameroon as in much of sub-Saharan Africa. Per capita incomes throughout the subcontinent have fallen continuously during the 1980s while prices have increased dramatically. Economic performance and living standards are now significantly...
16. The Nso’ Area Cooperative Union
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In 1978, the members of the Nso’ Area cooperative union (NACU) expressed general dissatisfaction with the management and financial problems of their Union. The next year, the Nso’ students blamed their parents’ difficulties in financing their education...
17. Nso’ Traditional Medical And Mortuary Concepts And Practices: A Description
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Traditional medicine is defined or used in this paper to include all practices utilized by people to foresee and prevent or treat physical, social, mental or spiritual diseases and to rehabilitate afflicted people within their cultural environment. It prepares the individual to...
18. Death, Afterlife And Funerary Rituals In Nso’: Practice And Belief In A Changing Society
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We must take account, too, of other influences from the rest of Cameroon, indeed from the rest of Africa which may have affected some areas of belief and practice. So is the task of identifying the particularly Nso’ component in them both hopeless...
Section VII - Ideology And Conflict
19. Chiefs, Sub-Chiefs And Local Control: Negotiations Over Land, Struggles Over Meaning
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When I lived in the Nso’ chiefdom (more properly fondom or kingdom) in western Cameroon from 1979 to 1981, I spent quite a bit of time with one of the sub-chiefs, the Fon of Nse’. I became a regular visitor at his palace and spent many an afternoon drinking palm...
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Page Count: 522
Publication Year: 2011