Field work continues

Two or three days per week I venture to the field with my trusty and helpful companion, Aliou (see photo below). He gives me access to meet with Mbororo, and I wouldn't be able to conduct this research without him. We visit small communities and villages ("chefferie", "village," or "commune" in French) with large Mbororo… Continue reading Field work continues

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The context of East Region, Cameroon

What is the East Region of Cameroon? It is one of the largest regions, yet the least populated (about one million for the entire region). It is primarily rural, with few urban centres. It is a mix of many different tribes and shares many qualities (language, ethnicity, religion, history) with bordering regions of DRC and… Continue reading The context of East Region, Cameroon

Who are the Mbororo?

The Mbororo Mbororo is a term given to a sub-group of Fulani pastoralists. Fulani is one of the largest and most familiar ethnic groups of Africa - residing in a number of Central and West African nations. Mbororo number about 1.5-2 million in countries including Niger, CAR, Cameroon, Chad, and Nigeria. They are represented by… Continue reading Who are the Mbororo?

First meeting

Our first meeting took place on the afternoon of May 21st at the Mbororo Yaoundé office. A number of representatives gathered to introduce me to Mboscuda and answer some questions.     It was a very productive and enlightening meeting. Thanks so much for their kindness and for sharing their knowledge. It was helpful to… Continue reading First meeting

A week in Yaoundé

My first week in Cameroon will be spent in Yaoundé. I arrived on Saturday the 20th of May - which is an auspicious date in Cameroon called National Day. This date is the national date of unification between the Anglophone and Francophone regions, which took place on May 20th 1972.     I am staying… Continue reading A week in Yaoundé