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The Chieftaincy Institution Among The Banyang And Ejagham Ethnic Groups Of Cameroon (1884-1990): An Intersection Of Flexibility, Partiality And Interference

Volume 1 - Issue 2, August 2017 Edition
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Author(s)
Tabe James Takor
Keywords
Banyang, Chieftaincy, Chief, Elective, Ejagham, Flexibility, Hereditary, Interference, Partiality, and Rotatory.
Abstract
The paper examines the mode of transfer of power in the chieftaincy institution among the Banyang and Ejagham ethnic groups of Manyu Division, South West Region of Cameroon. The succession principles in this land was liberally democratic but not without some shortcomings. The paper made use of secondary and primary sources for the collection of data. Concerning the secondary sources, use was made of literature that offered some general and specific information about the paper. To ensure an easy understanding of the paper, we adopted a conventional analytical pattern. We used both the chronological and topical approaches. Our findings reveal three central issues: Firstly, the chieftaincy institution among the Banyang and Ejagham ethnic groups was flexible and unpredictable. Secondly, the transfer power was smooth to an extent. Finally, the magnitude of power alternation made chieftaincy disputes obvious. Above all, the paper argues that the mode of power transfer had had considerable negative peaceful co-existence and stability in the society.
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