Announcing the Michael Noto Ngoe Competition

Events unfolding in our society today prompt that we assert ourselves in any manner we possibly can so as not to sink below the weight of the civil turbulence that slouches upon us. In light of this necessity, the Noto-Agatha Foundation and its partners deem it necessary to honour the achievements of the late educator, Mr Michael Noto Ngoe of Bafaka Balue through a prize-awarding competition in the following categories: Essay writing (on policy, economic planning and development, education, culture/history, or any creative writing piece) Business idea development (in agriculture, information and communication technology, mining/engineering or finance) The best essay … Continue reading Announcing the Michael Noto Ngoe Competition

New Amnesty International Report Says More than 500 Unlawfully Detained in Former British Southern Cameroons Since October 1, Calls on International Society to Act Fast

• More than 500 people detained in towns including Bamenda and Buea
• Wounded protestors flee hospitals for fear of arrest
• Arrested protestors forced to pay 60 USD bribe to be released Continue reading New Amnesty International Report Says More than 500 Unlawfully Detained in Former British Southern Cameroons Since October 1, Calls on International Society to Act Fast

Bafaka Balue: A Brief History c.14th Century – 20th Century AD

The group of people now known as Bafaka was, according to one version of oral history, known as Bonadiomo, or descendants of Nadiomo (variably called Naliomo or Nariomo), the brother of Nangenoa and son of Elume Netongo wa Ngoi. According to Tata Nebale Johnson Mesembe, the name, Bafaka originates with the people from the Congo. “The idea that the people were warlike only coincided with the meaning of their original name”. Tata Mesembe said. Continue reading Bafaka Balue: A Brief History c.14th Century – 20th Century AD

My Words on March 22, 2017 – Anglophones in Yaounde, Get out of There Now!!

I said these words on March 22, 2017. People didn’t take them seriously. Perhaps it was because of their colour. Now Anglophones are being killed and rounded up in Yaounde and Douala. It is time for those in that land of exile – Babylon – to go back home. Continue reading My Words on March 22, 2017 – Anglophones in Yaounde, Get out of There Now!!

Kinship, Ritual and Oroko Existentialism

Among the Oroko (Balue), the death of a spouse when the couple is still young is an abomination. It is an ill omen for the living spouse which may haunt his/her entire life with respect to subsequent decisions to get married. When a man or woman dies, leaving a spouse who can still get married in the future, the bokpisi ritual is conducted to help the living spouse find another partner whenever it is necessary for him or her. Continue reading Kinship, Ritual and Oroko Existentialism

The Endless Journey of a Bantu Slave

O Zanzibar of Oman crib! When beyond the Kenyan heights your horns did holler Its roar redeemed, from my weary limbs, A glimpse of the fears of a Bantu slave. That hence from rivers of the pristine littoral, Washed by a stately splash of Majestic Atlantic, I set to bask in the sun beams of green Africa, Your iron and steel gagged my move to redeem. Letters, amidst a cry from Nubia, spring from Timbuktu Spare, O Zanzibar, this remnant of a rainbow! For once, along the Limpopo, it graced my mother’s neck. Her beads, from old Ibadan, through the … Continue reading The Endless Journey of a Bantu Slave