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Saturday, 28 May 2005


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Thanks for your Article.
I think A review of the cultral manifestations in Cameroon need be undertaken.I was surprise that one friend comment that Fon-elite relationship is history and need stay as such.Somewhere this guy must have been ingnorant of what history meant.If a particular cultural activity is obsolete or Cannot provide for an adequate survival of a People that sort of culture need be removed or modify.Thats why France is nolonger A Kingdom, thats why The Nazis left,and so goes Socialism.
Ancestral spirit could not be practicable to some extend to the People in Bamenda Town for example because not everybody is from that Tribe.Some people join the comunity from somewhere and are living happily,the population has grown and other beliefs have come in.The question is why should the cultral activites of the so call Elite been imposed on others or the Fon still having A lot of Powers to rule even on subjects who doesn't share his belives.
As you rightly pointed out the death of individuals can be prevented if there was a closer look at history,But then Better improvement and Developement Can be obtained if there is still a Better way to Blend our Various culture to produce a Better one.After All Man make culture not culture makes man.

Courtney eko

Mr Fru ndi is either jinxed or"salao",or both.Horrible and unfortunate things keep happenning in his compound or activities in which he is the main man.He should take a break,relax and allow others to continue his poltical action plan.
Why is it taking so long for Mr. Ndi to join the SCNC platform? Sir,that is the only sure way for change for anglophone cameroonians.


I like your article for its reasoned approach and logistics.
“In short, if no gun is fired during a traditional ceremony, no ancestor would be angry.”
Of course our ancestors would not be angry if no gun were fired during a traditional ceremony. Nor would they be angry, I suppose, if we brandished no spears or horsetails. It was a custom in Ibo land for people to kill as many animals as they could during death celebrations. But was the man in Things Fall Apart who questioned his dead father’s demand for a sumptuous death celebration punished by the ancestral spirits for insolence? I guess not. Man made culture as somebody rightly noted above, and man can change it. All it takes is courage. Culture should be able to evolve with the times. If the dead are really not dead, if they truly watch over us, then bang or no bang they would still be able to size how much we honored them.

If we must maintain the pump and bang that raises man’s ego at death celebrations it should be done with no loss of life. We could resort to using empty gun powder. And people are cautioned not to over load the powder into their barrels.

Yet, I would like to raise a few exceptions to your line of thought.
“Our objective is to prove that gun firing during death celebrations is counter-cultural in the Cameroon Grassfields.”
In the course of every people’s history they have borrowed from others near and far. And I think borrowing is not bad as long as it contributes positively to a people’s advancement. At first, fighting was done with the bare fists. And I think at death celebrations in those times people would brandish nothing but their fists as a victory sign over their enemies. The need for better weapons to overcome one’s opponent has taken peoples (not excepting the grassfields) through many borrowings from each other, one of which today is the gun. I would like to say here that the gun has come to be a cultural item – except you consider something cultural only when it is native to the people who use it. But I doubt how many peoples can claim half of their cultural items as being truly native to them. We cannot underestimate the gun’s role – be it active or inactive - in the building of a good number of our great kingdoms.
Anyway, if asked to choose between a million gun bangs and Fru Ndi’s raised arm accompanied by seven rounds of hurray, I would prefer the latter.



At last, readable comments by readers from readers of The Post! What happened to good old libations? Talking about borrowing noise makers, the Chinese use red fire crackers that sound like machine guns going off to bring in their New Year. Never heard about those killing people. In their case, I think the noise makers are meant to dispell evil spirits that would otherwise disturb the luck of the New Year.

I shall pour the next bottle I shall be opening to Fritz. Few, if any of us have any say about the way and the manner in which we shall go, but we certainly have a lot of choice about how we live. Fritz was a great company. I am sure he would continue to be a great guy in the next place after this one. God Bless Him.


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Gun firing is cultural, but there are some traditions that should be put to rest.

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