Bafanji Village ( also known as Fieh Lunglue Mangieh)
Native Language: Chufie’, Chuufi, Nchufie
Other Languages spoken: English language, French and Pidgin English
Population: 17,000 (2008 SIL).
Location: North West region: Ngo-Ketunjia Division, west of the Ndop plain.
Geographical coordinates in degrees minutes seconds: (WGS84)
Latitude : 5 50' 00''
Longitude : 10 22' 00''
Sunrise : 07:13:37
Sunset : 19:36:19
Rainy: March 15 -November 15
Dry season : November 15 - March 15
A man without culture is like a tree without its roots., the tree can never develop its branches, twigs, leaves flowers and fruits. The fruits of man's earthly existence is to develop our inert potentials and contribute to "an ever advancing civilisation". know your culture so that you may know your true self .
History: Bafanji traces its dynastic origin from the Tikars and originated from the dynastic quarrels over the throne amongst the princes of Ndobo, in the Adamawa from where they migrated to the present site about 450 years ago.
Bafanji has preserved its culture and traditional administrative structure as a kingdom / Fondom under the leadership of the Fon. Also known traditionally as Mbeih , Meh and Fuoh. The traditional power structure has been in place from the time of the first Fon Hon Piak Mamekah (circa 1600AD) to the present Fon HRH Fon Ngwefuon II (2011 to present). The seat of administration is the Fon’s Palace also known as ‘Ntuah Fieh’. Traditional administration operates in collaboration with modern administration at all levels.
The Fon is the administrative and spiritual head of the people. The Fon shares power with a council of elders and the "Kwehong” (Ngumba). Membership to the Ngumba is restricted to commoners. The only member of the royal family who can be initiated into the “kwehong sacred house is the Fon. Commoners who serve in the Kwehong are ranked as nchindas (servants) to notables ( Nkung) One can become a notable through merit or hereditary. The most powerful unit of the Kwehong is the nine- member council of kingmakers which act as a check on royal power. Membership to the council of kingmakers is hereditary.
Music and poetry.