|Ni John Fru Ndi and Hon Awudu performing the gun shooting culture|
On the other hand, the former mayor of Nkambe council Mangoh Jones Tanko castigated the intention by some traditional rulers to politicize the (wi) Mbum culture. This he said could lead to the destruction of the tradition which remains the identity of the people. The Paramount Fon of Warr Clan, HRH Fon Mbunwe of Mbot warned that “a cry-die is like njangi and when you do not come to visit your brother when he is in trouble do not expect him to visit you when you are in a similar situation”. He re-echoed that some palaces may end up with empty seats if he is the one to enthrone their successors given that they boycotted him in the name of politics.
|The traditional salute|
The euphoria in Njap was splendid when the HRH Fon Chifu Stanley Tumi and the Ma-Yaah emerged from the palace to the palace court yard. Singing and dancing, masquerades display took the central stage. There was silence safe to the little bird who was making a mark from the near by forest. The signal was the announcement and the entry of the highest traditional authority of the land. The “Ye-nwarong” the lone masquerade that presents the new fon to the public. Even little children who are fun of crying could not. Everyone was up. No one could sit on the chair. The message from the ancestor was clear, that “The Fon is Back, Long Live the Tiger”. Every step of the fon as he moved round the court yard as approved by a gun-shot. Two distinctive personalities were charged with that responsibility, Hon. Awudu Mbaya and Mangoh Jones Tanko. The message from the Nwarong secret society warned the youth against societal ills, the widespread of HIV/AIDS, poor dressing and witchcraft. It was also a moment to sound the last warning that blackmail, backstabbing should stop. That it can sink people. At the end of the presentation, the gods were honoured with the slaughtering of a goat, which as prophesized, the ancestors have accepted and the gods are happy.When News Breaks Out, We Break In. Minute by Minute Report on Cameroon and Africa