Society and Change in Bali Nyonga: Critical Perspectives
Jude Thaddeus Dingbobga Fokwang, Kehbuma Langmia
African Books Collective, 2011 - Social Science - 185 pages
Contemporary Bali Nyonga is a rapidly growing town of over 80,000 in habitants, sixteen kilometres southwest of Bamenda, the capital of the North West region, Cameroon. If Cameroon has been aptly referred to in many circles as Africa in miniature, then Bali Nyonga, since its founding in the mid 19th century is emblematic of this so-called 'multicultural' region. This book is about change in Bali Nyonga, but it is also about change in a typical postcolonial African setting grappling with a challenging new world reality. It aims to provide cutting-edge analyses of cultural change in Bali as well as inspire a new kind of scholarship in the Cameroon Grasslands - championed by indigenous intellectuals. The contributors to this volume come from diverse academic backgrounds and as will be evident in the various chapters, their disciplinary perspectives have largely shaped their approaches to the topics under study. Hence, this book draws on anthropological, theological, literary and media studies perspective.
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While in search for scientific data on the current state of modern technology and its opportunities for cultural connectivity among the young generation in Bali village and those in the diaspora, i discovered this publication by Fokwang and Langmia. kudos to its known authors. Highly informative and relevant in providing strong evidence to substantiate the current focus by community organisations such as Nkumu Fed Fed in promoting communication through modern technological means in primary educational establishments in Bali Nyonga as an inevitable strategic option to urgently reverse the declining trend in the use of the mungaka language and the loss of cultural identity of the Bali people. The central role of children in this approach and the connectivity it provides for the younger generation across the continents is an option far likely to provide the expected behaviour and cultural change proposed by your publication and calls for collective action by all who recognise the contribution of the rich cultural and traditional diversity of the NW region, of which Bali is a subset, to peace and development.