The Nso’ people migrated from Tikari in the Adamawa Region of Cameroon when there was a bloody succession after the death of Chief Tinki in 1387. The enthronement of Mveing as successor of Tinki sent all rivals to the throne away from Kimi. Ngonnso’, the founder of the Nso’ dynasty, left Kimi with a few followers together with her brothers Nchare Yen and Mbombam and their respective followers. After parting company with her brothers, Ngonnso’ and her followers first settled in Mbo’nso’, then later to Ndzennso’, Kovifem, Taavisa (for security), back to Koovifem, then to Kimbo (Kumbo). The tribe got its name from Ngonnso’, and is one of the largest tribes of Cameroon.
Nso shares a vast culture. this is usually exhibited during the cultural week festival “Ngam Ngonso”. This festival brings together all the various aspects of tradition and culture shared not only the Nso people but amongst the other tribes around Nso. “Jujus” are seen on display from the palace to other quarters of Kimbo town. It is a good view for visitors and indigenes of Nso.
The Nso society is divided into groups according to lineage. Each lineage group is led by a “Fai”. Tradition dictates that the hand of a Fai is not to be shaken. Fais can be recognized by their glass bead necklaces and fancy walking sticks. A Fai is instituted by a Fon. Other leaders are called Sheys, and are a level below the Fais.
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Kumbo is the second biggest city in the North West region of Cameroon, after the region’s capital of Bamenda. Affectionately we refer quarters as the ‘burbs, since it’s a quick walk/bike ride to town, very quiet, and not quite a village.
This area mostly consists of the people of Nso, or Banso (the prefix “Ba” usually indicates “the people of”). The language here is Lamnso (the prefix “La” is for “language of”), though luckily for me most people also speak English.
Following liberation in 1960, francophone Cameroon joined with anglophone Cameroon to form their current republic. Seeing the fallacies and difficulties of the colonial state, the fledgling post-colonial government aimed to forge a new, self-reliant state centered around using the state itself as the main source of production. On the surface, it may appear that the hybrid of parliamentary-style government and the traditional fon structure was done to pay homage to the foundation upon which the current republic is forged, but it was done to implement a new type of indirect rule. While there are three classifications of chiefs, each class serves as a function of the larger state and turning fons into clients.