Ngoketunjia

Ngoketunjia is a division in the Northwest Highlands region of Cameroon.

Ngoketunjia refers to a grasslands plain overlooked by the Ngoketunjia mountain. As such it is an environment of breathtaking beauty, inhabited by semi-Bantu and Fulani people. It is a region where tradition and culture remain strong.

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Ngoketunjia consists of 13 villages. All of which start with the letters “Ba”. This is derived from the times of the German colonization denoting “people of”.

Each of the villages has its own unique language and tradition presided over by the traditional hierarchy. As such each of the villages is a Fondom and has a traditional ruler – the Fon.

The villages of Ngoketunjia are as follows:

  • Bangolan
  • Babessi
  • Baba I
  • Babungo
  • Bamunka
  • Bamali
  • Bamessing
  • Bambalang
  • Bafanji
  • Bamunkumbit
  • Balikumbat
  • Baligashu
  • Balinganshin

Cameroon has two seasons. A wet season and a dry season. The wet season spans the months of March to October. The dry season spans the months of October to March.

The villages of Ngoketunjia are surrounded by mountains and the Ngoketunjia plain is elevated. Therefore the conditions are more moderate than in the rest of Cameroon. Ngoketunjia is more arid than the humid southern cities and although hot, the heat is more moderate than in the northern regions.

Administration consists of the government authorities and each ministry will have a representative delegation in the centre of the division. For Ngoketunjia the administrative centre is the village of Bamunka.

As such the hierarchy follows the following order:

  • Senior Divisional Officer (SDO): responsible for the division
  • Divisional Officer (DO): responsible for the sub division
  • Lord Mayor: responsible for the village
  • Delegates: responsible for the representation of the various ministries in the division

The governmental hierarchy exists alongside the traditional authority. This consists of a system of secret societies represented by the Fon. The Fon delegates duties to a traditional council, Quarter heads and Sub-quarter heads. The Fon is the custodian of all the land in the village.

Rulings by the court of law and by the traditional council have equal weight.

Ngoketunjia falls within the Anglophone North West Province of Cameroon and therefore English is widely spoken.

However, the region is unique due to the diversity of native languages and each village has its own language.

As such a mix of English/French and the native languages (Pidgen) is widely spoken.

The villages of Bamessing, Bamunka, Babungo Baba I,and Babessi are on the ring road circling the Ngoketunjia plane.

The villages of the Ngoketunjia plane can be reached from Bamenda. Share taxis run from Mile 4 park. In addition the bus operator Amour Mezam offers a bus service to Kumbo which will stop in Bamessing, Bamunka, Babungo and Babessi.

For the other villages, share taxis can be taken from Bamunka.

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