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Nguon 2012

Celebrating HISTORY, Culture and Tradition

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Left: the Sultan welcomes warriors returning with captives. Below: dignitaries attend festivities at the Royal Palace courtyard; the Bamoun people return to the Royal Palace after the triumphal parade just ensuring food supply to the palace to traveling throughout the region in order to gather information about the grievances of people and detect abuses committed in the name of the King. They had a responsibility to inform and advise the King and his ministers (now known as high ranked advisers or Nkom). The Nguon had become more of a secret police and intelligence service for the palace. During the harvest season, when villagers brought their products to the palace for redistribution, the owners of Nguon talked with counselors. The people, on their part, looked forward to the three days Nguon celebration. Logically, the colonial administration did not appreciate this way of governing, which gave so much power to the traditional ruler. Thus the French colonial administration banned the Nguon in 1924 after deposing Sultan Njoya, and forced the King of the Bamoun into exile in 1931. The Nguon did not return in force until after independence, although the Bamoun resurrected it at the funeral of Sultan Njoya in 1933. Sultan

Njimoluh Seidou, King Njoya’s successor, restored the Nguon later after the independence. The Nguon festival will become a purely cultural event and an opportunity for the Bamoun men and women to transmit their history, culture and traditions to their children. During this festival, many activities such as the triumphal march and entry into the Kingdom, food, fantasia parades and more abound. However, the pinnacle of the festivities is when the King is deposed, judged on his governance for the last two years and eventually reinstated. Ibrahim Mbombo Njoya, the current monarch, has modernized this festival, transforming it into an international event attended by tourists from all over the world. As he celebrates his 20 years of reign with his joyful subjects, Sultan Mbombo Njoya has masterfully revived one of the best traditional and cultural festivals in Africa. The Nguon is thus an event one should live, not told ■

Cameroon Traveler Magazine • APRIL– JUNE 2013

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