Bafo people

Bafo - Bafaw

Bafo / Bafaw

Bafo People they are also known as Bafaw and they are Bantus living in Meme division of the South West Region of Cameroon.

They make up 10 towns or villages, namely:

Bafo people

Population is about 15,000 according

Each village is ruled by a chief known as “Nfon.” The Bafaw Paramount chief is His Royal Highness Nfon Ekoko Mukete.

The Bafo language are related linguistically, culturally and historically to the Mbo, Bakossi, Belongs, Bassossi, Bakundu and Douala tribes.

Bafo People are related to the Mumuye, Balong, Bakundu and Mbonge.

Agriculture, cattle breeding and hunting and fishing plays a big role in their economy.

They also carved sculptures which some of them are made up of Bronze, sculptures and masks are used during ceremonial events such as Intiation festivals masks such as Masque Batie both Mumuye and Bafo used masks and ceremonial horns which they used it to performed special dances.

According to the oral history they can trace their roots or origins back to the great Esambe Ngoe from the Mbo plains due to migrations they settled at a place called Mashui near Kokobuma one of the 10 Bafo or Bafaw village one of the fearless hunter called Midiki Uke Bokeng went for hunting and founded Kumba around the 1640s later discovered under an umbrella which is ekomba, Midiki was the head of the Bashibi family.

According to Professor Lovette Elango he also claimed that the Bafo or Bafaw have hailed from Mwekan bodering on the Mbo plain following the admonition of their ancestors to move South Westerly direction after they leaved Mwekan of the Bakossiland where they sojourned for some time later founded a number of settlements around Nyandong , there is cultural similarities between other ethnic groups such as the Bakundu, Balong and Mbonge.

Their dishes are Mekere na donga which is plantain and Pepper, Mberibi which is Coco leaf with meat soup meat such as bush meat.