BY ATIA TILARIOUS AZOHNWI
Fon Forchesiri III is the new traditional ruler of Bamendankwe, a village in Bamenda I Subdivision, Mezam Division of Cameroon’s North West region.
The 26th Fon of Bamendankwe was presented to the public Wednesday, September 2, 2020. The official, yet traditional, ceremony at the esplanade of the Fon’s palace unfolded under the watchful eyes of the Senior Divisional Officer, SDO, for Mezam, Simon Emile Mooh, among other administrative, traditional and municipal authorities.
Fon Forchesiri III succeeds his father, Fon Forsuh Nforngwa II, who ruled Bamendankwe for over three decades.
The “disappearance” of Fon Forsuh Nforngwa II was announced early Wednesday morning. The announcement was followed by the expression of grief from the Bamendankwe people who had converged on the palace from far and near.
“The high point of the event was when the new Fon was brought out to the arena to be symbolically ‘stoned’ before being taken back into the inner chambers of the palace,” said Bamendankwe elite, Solomon Mforgham Tembang. “This, according to the customs and tradition of the Bamendankwe people, is symbolic in that it empowers the Fon and indicates that the entire population of Bamendankwe has given him absolute power and authority over the village. It also means henceforth the Fon would have to be respected without question and becomes the custodian of the Bamendankwe tradition and the link between his subjects and their ancestors.”
The villagers went to nearby streams where they took off their sackcloth and ashes. They later returned to the Bamendankwe palace where they celebrated the appearance of their new Fon.
Christened Amah George Nforgwa at birth, Fon Forchesiri III holds a BA in Banking and Finance. He is currently a student at the Advanced School of Administration and Magistracy, ENAM.
Following Wednesday’s enthronement, Tantoh Emmanuel, president of the Bamendankwe Cultural and Development Association, BAMEDCA, called on the people of Bamendakwe to rally behind the new Fon.
Bamendankwe is bordered to the North by Awing and Santa, South West by Nkwen, South East by Akum, West by Bambili, Babanki Tungoh, Balikumbat and Banjah.
“The village is headed by a Fon. It has 36 quarters headed by quarterheads. These quarter heads and a traditional council assist the Fon in administering the village. Bamendankwe is the village that hosted the administrative headquarters of the former Bamenda division and currently hosts that of the North West region. In this regard, the importance of Bamendankwe dates back from the time of the German administration of the Western Grassland plateau in the year 1902,” Tembang says.
On Thursday, Fon Forchesiri III paid a courtesy call on North West Governor, Adolphe Lele L’Afrique.