By Sylvia Tamale
A groundbreaking booklet, obtainable yet scholarly, via African activists. It uses research, lifestyles tales, and inventive expression—including essays, case reports, poetry, information clips, songs, fiction, memoirs, letters, interviews, brief movie scripts, and photographs—to learn dominant and deviant sexualities and examine the intersections among intercourse, energy, masculinities, and femininities. It also opens an area, relatively for youth, to contemplate African sexualities in several methods.
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The former claim a common origin with Meta and Mogamaw, but assert that Widekum split off from Ngie! The Esimbi recognize no affiliations at all with the others; but, apart from differences in dialect, their culture is similar. The pattern of migration bears a strong resemblance to that in Nsungli, Mbem and Fungom. g. Øngiεkum for Ngie, kum meaning lineage head; and Ungwo for Ngwo). Jeffreys, “Nsaangu’s Head,” African Studies, March 1946, and his article on “Death of a Dialect,” African Studies, 1945.
I have also included Hausa and other strangers such as Bamum, but not the Fulani. There are some 770 Hausa living mainly in Kimbaw, Jajiri, Mbiami and Lassin; and some 800 Bamum in Mbiami, Mbo-Nso, and Kifom. There are a number of small villages beside the 47 mentioned in the text above; but, for payment of tax, they combine with large villages in their vicinity, All told, there must be from 50 to 60 independent viliages, The peoples of bamenda 13 distance from Kimbaw, the density must be well over 100.
As may be seen from the list above, the Tikar are numerically the most important. Nsaw, which constitutes a centralized political unit, has a population of 32,000 and is the largest. 11 is followed by Kom with 18,000, and Bum with 5,000. A. has 35,000 but, as indicated earlier, it is a congeries of small chiefdoms which differ in dialect and custom and have, on an average, 1,500 to 4,000 members. The same applies to Bafut and Fungom. According to their own traditions, the various groups of Tikar settled in Bamenda came originally from Tibati, Banyo Kimi and Ndobo—all in what is now the French Cameroons.