Thursday, August 9, 2012

Harvest Ceremony in Chomba

A village on the outskirts of Bamenda, Chomba celebrates the contributions of the women in its community through an annual harvest ceremony. Women from the village bring a portion of their harvest to the palace of the Fon, and in return, they are given food and drink and an audience with the Fon if they have concerns to share. As one of the Fondoms being considered for the Widowhood Rites project, a group of VSO and Peace Corps volunteers had visited with the Fon the previous day and we were invited to return to participate in the harvest ceremony.

The Fon of Chomba on his throne.

Preparing the food to be shared with the community.
Beans, corn, chicken and eggs were on the menu.

Palm wine being prepared. Very strong - I limited myself to two glasses.

VSO volunteers Mandy and Marja
and Peace Corps Volunteer Ben enjoying their meal.

After the meal, the Fon gave a speech and went
to the monument that represents women to pay his respects.

The ceremony ended with all of the women coming together
 in a traditional dance.The Fon and the volunteers also joined them.

More of the dancing.

One of the dancers encouraging the volunteers to join in.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Signs, Signs, Everywhere Signs

Attendance at this year's fair is expected to reach an all-time high.

I wanted to go in, but I wasn't sure if they would like me as a customer.

For some reason, sales of Masarch seem to be off.

For those who thought pliers were their only option.

The good doctor's techniques were rumoured to be somewhat invasive.