ISBN 9781942876168
Pages 228
Dimensions 229 x 152mm
Published 2016
Publisher Spears Media Press, Cameroon
Format Paperback

Bali Nyonga Today

Roots, Cultural Practices and Future Perspectives

edited by Vincent P.K. Titanji

This newly edited volume, Bali Nyonga Today covers about thirty years of (1985-2015) developments in Bali Nyonga, Cameroon. Already well-established as a city-state prior to German colonization in the 19th century, Bali Nyonga continues to adapt to national and global changes since its incorporation into the modern state of Cameroon.

With fresh contributions from 12 leading scholars, this volume covers a wide variety of themes and issues including; geographical and historical updates on Chamba migration and settlement in its present homeland in Northwestern Cameroon, an in-depth description of Bali Nyonga cultural associations within the country and the Bali diaspora in the United States, the coexistence of traditional and modern religious worldviews, traditional medicinal practices and life-cycle rituals of significance. Of noteworthy are two chapters devoted to Mungaka, the language of the Balis and its revival in the context of new language policies and developments in African linguistic. Spiced with numerous photos, many of which have never been published, the book is a welcome addition to studies in contemporary African history, culture and society.

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About the Editor

Vincent P.K. Titanji

Prof. Vincent P.K. Titanji is currently Vice President of the African Academy of Sciences for the Central African Region, Vice Chancellor of the Cameroon Christian University Institute, and former Rector/Vice-Chancellor (2006-2012) of the University of Buea. He is a Fellow of several prestigious science academies including the World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) and the Cameroon Academy of Sciences (CAS). He is a Knight of the Cameroon Order of Valour and a high ranking notable of Bali. He has published over 120 papers in international refereed journals.