NEW YEAR TRADITIONAL CELEBRATIONS IN THE BONAVADA AREA OF BUEA
Moki S. Mokondo in Buea for Fako UK/Fako News Centre
2nd January 2012
While youths elsewhere visited night clubs and bars to celebrate the beginning of the year 2012, some youths around Wova, Ewonda and Wonakanda gathered at the Wonjimba neighbourhood in Wova II with their traditional drums and other instruments to mark the start of the year dancing to the rhythm of chacha, a popular traditional dance of the indigenous inhabitants of Fako, the Bakweri people.
The youths danced and feasted from 8pm to when the clock ticked to the zero hour marking the start of the New Year, and then they continued to about 5am on January 1, 2012. This event was the initiative of one of their brother, Nyoki Mbella from USA who is spending the Christmas Break in Cameroon with other family members.
Before the feasting and dancing, Mola Nyoki also organised a football match in Wonakanda during the day. There was enough to eat and drink as he also organised a barbeque to enable everybody to replenish his/her energy lost during the event. Mola Nyoki confirmed that one of the things he misses most in the USA is the Bakweri culture.