ISBN 9789956616473
Pages 232
Dimensions 203 x 127 mm
Published 2010
Publisher Langaa RPCIG, Cameroon
Format Paperback

A Dictionary of Popular Bali Names

by John Fokwang

A Dictionary of Popular Bali Names is an exceptional minefield of Chamba names, meticulously assembled and expatiated for the curious user. As a pioneer in the field of dictionary-writing in the Cameroon grassfields, Fokwangís third edition counts for more than a regular dictionary. It skilfully combines a short history of the Chamba people in Cameroon as well as ethnographic issues on the naming ritual. John Fokwangís work stands in a class of its own and will serve as reference material for people of Chamba descent and those who favour the use of African names in general. This edition is an exceptionally worthy contribution to the ethnography of the Cameroon grassfields and of course, the growing literature and interest on African names and languages.

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About the Author

John Fokwang

John Koyela Fokwang was born in Bali Nyonga in the then British Southern Cameroons. He attended the Native Authority School in Bali where he later taught as a Probationary Teacher (1963-1965). John Fokwang continued his professional training and enrichment in 1965 and obtained his Teacher's Grade III, II and I in 1968, 1970 and 1975 respectively. He completed his studies for the ACP in 1980 and became a Senior Grade I teacher in 1981. In the summer of 1987, John Fokwang completed studies towards a diploma in Project Management at the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada. Always animated by the quest to enrich his professional and personal life, he trained and obtained a certificate in General Agriculture from INADES Formation Cameroon in 1998. He was a founding member of the Association for Creative Teaching (ACT) and the Kaberry Research Centre, Bamenda. He has edited many children's and teachers' literary works such as The Lion and the Monkey and The Busy Spider and Other Poems. He is also the author of the bestselling A Dictionary of Popular Bali Names, 3rd edition (2010).