Fako 2008 Traditional Wrestling Finals: Buea Zone Steals the Show
By Moki S. Mokondo and Thomson Findi in Buea for Fako News Centre
Buea Zone wrestlers have won the 2008 edition of the Fako Traditional Wrestling finals. They won a total of thirteen bouts, had two ties and lost five, while their Limbe zone counterparts won only five bouts out of a total of twenty three. A bout was cancelled due to the poor behaviour of the wrestlers.
These FECA UK-sponsored finals took place at the Buea Town Green (Municipal Stadium) on
Talking to the Limbe Team leader Samson Lifongo Monyongo at the end of the competition, he disclosed that their team had a poor performance due poor preparations. He explained that the wrestling culture is fading in their zone due to lack of sponsorship. According to Mr Monyongo, they are more focused on canoe racing, which is a regular sporting event in their zone. He also maintained that they where informed just about two days to the finals(the finals had been postponed from 27 Dec. to 3 January).
However, the Limbe Team leader called on the Fako Elements in
On his part, the traditional ruler of Likoko Membea in Bokwaongo, Buea, Chief Benard Fende Ngeke, said that traditional wrestling is a cultural sporting event that is expected to bring Fako sons and daughters to discover each other and make new friends out of their immediate communities. He maintained that in the days of old, young men and women who got married usually got their first meeting in wrestling grounds. He explained that many young girls fell in love with wrestlers due to their performances and many benefited from their talents in winning women’s affections.
Chief Benard Fende Ngeke also added that wrestling competitions expose people to those of different communities. This is because wrestling contests were usually organised from one village to the other. They therefore created avenues for socialising, he concluded.
At an evaluating assembly at the end of the contest, members of both zones including the Chiefs all prayed that the Fako Elements transform this event to a cultural festival. They have proposed that a cultural festival to display other Bakweri cultural values be included for next edition. However, responding to their wish, the Chairman of Fako Elements Cultural Association in
If all moves well, lovers of the Bakweri culture would by the end of 2009 have a long weekend of activities. Fako News Centre has been tipped that activities in the next edition would include a fashion parade, a beauty contest, singing and choral competition, champ-champ dance, maleh, dance, Motio, chacha dance, wrestling competitions etc.
At the end of the wrestling finals, this was how the individual bouts were recorded :
Buea Zone Remarks Limbe Zone
Makoko Emmanuel lost to Yesu
Johnson Luma beat John Njoje
Kum Cyril beat Elias Essingila
Henry Moki beat Edward Ikome
Esembe Jacob drew with Simon Njonjo
Eugene Lifambe drew with Ngollo Gabriel
Andreas Likafi beat Peter Ndeka Moki
Monono Joka lost to Elias Essingila
Njie Martin beat Ekoka Mbongo
Gabriel Moleka cancelled due to bad behaviour John Eko
Abel Moseke beat Thomas Motande
Okia Godwin lost to Emmanuel Motulu
Noah Nganje beat Simon Keka
Henry Moki lost to Emmanel Motale
Tieko Michel beat Ngomba Fritz
Lima Yanick beat Ndumbe James
Fidelis Lima beat John Eko
Mbonde Samuel beat Thomas Motande
Daniel Elinge beat Francis Wose
Mokake Joseph beat Joseph Likute
Njoh Isaac not recorded Ewoke George
Ngomba Ralph lost to Emmanuel Motulu