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Price Per Person

USD 3,152
Country: Cameroon
City: Bamenda
Duration: 5 Day(s) - 4 Night(s)
Tour Category: Culture Tours
Departure Date: Thu 01 Jan '99

Package Itinerary

It is a common perception that in many societies, rituals such as male rites of initiation serve to reinforce the ideology of the superiority of the male gender. In a bid to critically analyze and challenge this view, this paper draws on research conducted in the ESU fondom, a Tikari tribe in the North West Region of Cameroon.Across the globe, different festivals are celebrated which have a symbolic representation and are diverse in character. In the North West Region of Cameroon, lies the beautiful fondom of Esu in all its splendour. The Esu Fondom is one of the twenty components of Fungom Sub Division, Menchum Division in the North West Province of Cameroon. She lies 25 kilometres north of Wum, the divisional headquarters; is encircled like two giant horseshoe magnets by one neighbouring country, three sub divisions and a string of chiefdoms. This Tikari town, founded about three centuries ago has undergone a metamorphosis that has projected her as one of the economic nerve centres of Fungom and a place to reckon with in Menchum.

 Like the other tribes of the North West Region, Esu is known for her rich, unique and diverse cultural heritage - one which over the years has been jealously protected. In addition to its language, art and scenery are its festivals which make the Esu village the envy of its neighbours. There are about 50 different cultural dances or groups in the Esu Fondom. Some are public dances while others are private and even individual. Some are only manifested on request while others remain sacred societies in the village. Some are annual dances such as “Fenkiy” and “Tetchua”. I shall elaborate on the “Fenkiy.”

Special Dance for Men of Status

Fengkyi is an annual dance that is performed as soon as the first harvest has been made. Only males who have had children as a test of their virility and manhood dance it. Its orchestra comprises friction drums, gongs and flutes. When is being performed, women and initiated males are allowed to watch it while the males who are qualified but have not performed it, are ferociously chased away.

A Fengkyi dancer is referred to as Tsua-fengkyi and is expected to dress expensively. The dress consists in a loin tied round the waist to form a large skirt, rattles in the ankles, a beautiful necklace, cap and whisk in hand. He moves majestically and a flute blown by a close friend who accompanies him announces his arrival. This dance is performed in the months of June and July each year and also when a member dies except during the period when crops have not yet matured for harvest.

Performing this dance is a sign of wealth, dignity and total manhood. This prestigious dance was not the original invention of the Esu people. It was captured from the people of Zhoa

The Esuans had once shot an elephant that continued to escape and finally died in Zhoa territory. When the hunters notified the Chief of Zhoa, he gave them assurance of the safety of their catch. But the following day, the Esuans were puzzled when they discovered that the Zhoas had played a trick on them and carried their game away. They immediately retaliated by attacking and defeating the Zhoas. As a punishment, the Fengkeyi war dance was seized. 

Up till this time the Esus had admired the dance not knowing how to make the orchestra. When the Fengkyi was brought over to Esu, it was given for storage to the Quarter Head of Kendongho who passed it on to Mbwug Asia. This dance is therefore not the property of any quarter or compound in Esu.  It is everyone’s property because it was the whole village that captured it in a war.

Special Dance for Women of Status

The Kensiami is for the women what Fengkyi is for the men. Women who have had children and are able to pay an expensive fee dance it. The orchestra includes calabashes and pipes.

Itinerary For this tour

Day 1
Yaoundé – Bamenda, relaxation.

Day 2
Trek tour in the village

Day 3
Esu Palace, a traditional dance, people, food, museums, shrines, craft shops, Honey Center, etc.

Day 4
Female tradition ritual dance performed.

Day 5

Relaxation  in the evening departure for Bamanda. return flight End of Tour.

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