Bali Nyonga Todayby: Vincent Titanji
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 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 linguistics. 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.
Praise for this Title
Bali Nyonga Today is an outstanding collection of over 30 years of sociocultural change in the kingdom of Bali Nyonga with contributions from some of the leading scholars on Bali heritage. The scope and depth of its themes would be of tremendous interest to both new and avid consumers of Bali scholarship. Readers will be fascinated in particular by the “thick” descriptions of various life-cycle rituals in Bali, including those associated within indigenous knighthood, festivals, herbal medicinal accomplishments and novel developments in the arts, language, and music of the Bali. This volume is an extraordinary contribution to Grassfields studies and its relevance couldn’t be more emphasized.
-Dr Jude Fokwang, Anthropologist and Co-editor of Society and Change in Bali Nyonga: Critical Perspectives (2011)
“This is a salutary project in the business of keeping track of the sociocultural specificity of the people of Bali Nyonga.”
-Dr Victor Gomia, Associate Professor, Delaware State University, USA