HELLO VISITORS, WELCOME TO MY PAGE/ COLUMN. MY NAME IS ELIVE LUMA NGALE WESLEY, A NATIVE OF BAKWERI LIVING IN LIMBE. I AM AN EDUCATIONIST, MUSICIAN, ARTIST AND RESEARCHER ON CULTURE, ESPECIALLY FAKO CULTURE. YOU WILL FIND BELOW SOME ARTICLES ON THE HISTORY OF THE ORIGINS OF THE BAKWERIS AND OTHER FAKO TRIBES, INCLUDING SOME CULTURAL ASPECTS OF FAKO PEOPLE. IN DUE COURSE, I WILL UPDATE YOU ON THE CULTURAL EVOLUTION OF FAKO DIVISION WHERE I WILL LOOK AT MUSIC, LITERATURE, FILMS, CULTURAL DANCES AND SPORTS.
The Bakweri’s use of the term Mokpela Nambongo to refer to a free-born Bakweri. This gives rise to the nomenclature whereby “Mokpeli” could be termed as child of Nambongo. Other examples may include Kul’a Kombe, meaning Kulu, son of Kombe. Ittman reports that the Bakweri’s claim the same ancestor as the Dualas.Historical records show that the Mokpes originally came from the Bomboko (Womboko) country of the South – Western slopes of mount Cameroon
In the face of such a strategy, the Dahomean troops opened fire indiscriminately against the Gbea people, who too retreated over the ravine and took position behind the fence. From this position the Bakweri opened fire after a final alert from a look-out who eventually sounded the slit drum while the soldiers had crossed the enemy the enemy lines.
A married couple in the Mokpe culture is looked upon with contempt especially if the marriage is not blessed with a child. Couples without children must wait with a lot of patience for the almighty God to answer their prayers. Newly married maidens are advised to be kind to children.
Immediately the bride becomes pregnant, jubilation starts in the family. The woman is told to refrain from strenuous activities as her progress with the pregnancy. Either her mother or mother –in –law might come to stay with her to direct and guide her on what types of herbs to use for enema (Wosongi) before putting to bed.