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Bimbia Slave Village Tour

Country: Cameroon
City: Limbe
Duration: 4 Day(s) - 3 Night(s)
Tour Category: Archaeological Tours
Departure Date: Thu 01 Jan '99

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Bimbia was an independent state of Isubu people of Cameroon, in 1884 annexed by the Germans and incorporated in the colony of Kamerun. It lies in Southwest Region, to the south of Mount Cameroon and to the west of the Wouri estuary. Is situated at the East coast of the Limbe Sub Division.

Bimbia consists of three villages:

- Dikolo

- Bona Ngombe

- Bona Bille

In 1932 when the population of Bimbia was about 2500 peoples.

Bimbia was the first place white men, the Jamaican and English Baptist missionaries led by Rev.Alfred Saker set foot on the Cameroon shore in 1858, from Fernando Po. There he built the first school and first church. Later he went to Victoria where he built the Ebenezer Baptist church. The Bimbia man was the first person to go to Saker's school and the first to become Christian.

The centuries-old slave houses and other structures of historic essence here have gone to pot. What remains of this historic site are just a few structures.

For the Bimbia site to qualify, the Cameroon Government will have to prepare its documents in collaboration with “a wide variety of stakeholders, including site managers, local and regional governments, local communities, NGOs and other interested parties and partners,” states information from the World Heritage Committee website.

The Bimbia man fishes in many different ways namely: Ndemba, Ngoto, Mbunja, Efese and Moleke.

The women are yam planters. People come to buy benyanya, smoked njanga, smoked mwanjamoto and other fish. Women come from chop farm with raw food to exchange for fish and bring things like accra banana, groundnuts and koki beans.

The women dry all the fish, sell it, or battler for household needs. During the dry season, the men go to sea at night. The women work until morning on the efefe to sort out the fish in their different species, put on very big baskets called ‘ndenge’ and start drying them on the ‘wokas’. Woka is a stab make of bamboos from the palm tree. Then carry the wokas to the ‘etaka’ or bandas where a long fire is made to smoke the fish at night. The dried benyanya is stored away to give way for other fish to be dried also. When the season for meyo is over, the season for mwanjamoto and crayfish (njanga) starts.

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