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
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
I've begun field work. I visited two rural villages outside Mandjou - Ngamboula and Bazzama. Both are just a few houses in size, and predominantly Mbororo. I did two interviews. In Ngamboula, I spoke to about 50 Mbororo men, including the village chief and Mboscuda president. I asked about twenty questions and also let me… Continue reading Field work
So I've finally settled in Mandjou. Mandjou is about 10-km outside Bertoua, the capital of the East region. These cities are significant because they are at the crossroads of many East-West routes in Central Africa. So many drivers stop either temporarily or for a few days to rest, get supplies, fix their lorries, or unload/load… Continue reading Mandjou
Yesterday I took the bus from Yaoundé to Bertoua. I was accompanied by my good friend Oumarou - who has been an absolutely exceptional host while I was in Yaoundé. We were also accompanied by another Mbororo (Adama) who is finishing his PhD in Netherlands on legal anthropology. His topic is fascinating - as he… Continue reading The road to Mandjou/Bertoua
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?
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
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