ISBN 9789956579396
Pages 196
Dimensions 216 x 140 mm
Published 2010
Publisher Langaa RPCIG, Cameroon
Format Paperback

Society and Change in Bali Nyonga

Critical Perspectives

edited by Jude Fokwang, Kehbuma Langmia

Contemporary Bali Nyonga is a rapidly growing town of over 80,000 in habitants, sixteen kilometres southwest of Bamenda, the capital of the North West region, Cameroon. If Cameroon has been aptly referred to in many circles as Africa in miniature, then Bali Nyonga, since its founding in the mid 19th century is emblematic of this so-called 'multicultural' region. This book is about change in Bali Nyonga, but it is also about change in a typical postcolonial African setting grappling with a challenging new world reality. It aims to provide cutting-edge analyses of cultural change in Bali as well as inspire a new kind of scholarship in the Cameroon Grasslands - championed by indigenous intellectuals. The contributors to this volume come from diverse academic backgrounds and as will be evident in the various chapters, their disciplinary perspectives have largely shaped their approaches to the topics under study. Hence, this book draws on anthropological, theological, literary and media studies perspective.

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Reviews

“This book does an excellent job of analyzing certain facets of crucial developments in Bali and by extension, contemporary Africa. It crystallizes and presents its findings in persuasive essays, metaphysical reflections and insightful commentaries.”

Dr Jerry Komia Domatob Alcorn State University, USA

“If ever there was a need for a people to establish their claim in the only way that modern day realities have imposed, namely that authorship is the only real and veritable statement of ownership, then this publication has fulfilled that need, and in resounding fashion. For a people that have been imagined, represented, possessed, and spoken for largely by curious 'expatriates' however well-intentioned, this is a refreshing statement of reclaiming and re-owning that which is intrinsic to their cosmology.  Nothing can surpass the effort of people who heretofore have perceived themselves only through alien lenses but have now, stepped forward to establish a voice that cannot be silenced or overlooked, by adapting academic and scholastic methodologies that would stand any empirical scrutiny in their effort. This publication rejects the much clichéd and facile grain of 'protest' or even 'contest' declarations; rather, it stands on its own merit, its own coherency, and its own ethos and compels others to take notice.”

Dr Pascal P. Buma, University of Akron, USA

“There is ample truth in the cliché that those who ignore their cultural values are adrift, but it is also true that uninspired and slavish adherence to age-old values in an increasingly inter-connected world stifles creativity and progress. This book is about change in Bali Nyonga, but it is also about change in a typical postcolonial African setting grappling with a challenging new world reality. The profundity of the scholarship points to the core umbilical connection to the motherland and the understanding that only devoted and genuinely concerned researchers are able to share with such novelty and forthrightness. Anyone who reads this book taps into a reservoir of knowledge about a society facing its challenges with unbridled fortitude.”

Dr Victor N. Gomia, Kentucky State University, USA
About the Editors

Jude Fokwang

Dr Jude Fokwang received his PhD in Anthropology from the University of Toronto and his MA from the University of Pretoria. In the spring of 2006, he was a visiting lecturer in the Anthropology Department at Rhodes University. Currently, he is a lecturer in the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Cape Town. Dr Fokwang has published widely on youth activism and identities as well as on popular culture and citizenship issues in Africa.

Kehbuma Langmia

Kehbuma Langmia teaches courses in Mass Communications, Broadcast Journalism and Media Studies at Bowie State University. With previous degrees in fine arts, television and film, he earned his PhD in Mass Communication and Media Studies from Howard University. He also has an MA degree in theatre arts from the University of Yaoundé, Cameroon; and is a graduate from the Television Academy in Munich, Germany. Dr. Langmia writes, produces and directs independent productions, and serves as executive producer for students' television projects at Bowie State University.

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