A Dictionary of Popular Bali Names is an extraordinary minefield of Chamba names meticulously assembled and expatiated for the modern user. This edition combines a short history of the Chamba people in Cameroon as well as detailed ethnographic description of the naming ritual among the Bali Chamba. John Fokwang’s work stands in a class of its own and will serve as a reference material for all people of Chamba descent in Nigeria and Cameroon as well as for individuals who fancy the use of African names. This edition is a worthy contribution to the ethnography of the Cameroon Grassfields and indeed, the growing literature and interest on African names and languages.
This newly edited volume, Bali Nyonga Today covers about thirty years of (1985-2015) developments in Bali Nyonga, Cameroon. With fresh contributions from 12 leading scholars, this volume covers a wide variety of themes including updates on the revival of Mungaka as a tool of literacy in modern Bali society.
This primer of 29 alphabets and sound combinations that make up the modern Mungaka language is a much-welcome addition to the instructional needs of indigenous languages in Africa. First time learners as well as seasoned speakers of Mungaka will find this book very easy to navigate given its simple layout, large print and colorful illustrations. This book is the first in a series of educational materials that aim to revitalize and accelerate the pace of Mungaka’s status as a language of literacy in the Cameroon Grassfields and beyond.