Bambili: Fon Tamukum II officially presented

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Fon Tamukong addresses his people in his first offical outing

Fon Tamukong addresses his people in his first offical outing

The people of Bambili now have a new fon, Tamukong II, who has been officially presented to the administration and the general public at a ceremony on Friday February 7, 2014 at the Bambili Palace Esplanade.

Mezam SDO, Nguelle Nguelle Felix told an excited crowd of over 10 000 people including North West Governor, Lele L’Afrique, senior academicians of the Bamenda University, political leaders, mayors and parliamentarians,  Fons and religious authorities, and the sons and daughters of Bambili to give the new fon all their support and blessings to enable him discharge his duty.

Mezam SDO Nguelle Nguelle Felix officially presents the new Fon

Mezam SDO Nguelle Nguelle Felix officially presents the new Fon

He called on him to stop the illegal sale of land that has become a common issue in Bambili, promote peace, the respect of law and order, peaceful coexistence between all those living in Bambili and above all to continue with the development of Bambili which his father Fon Awemo II had started.

The late fon Awemo II

The late fon Awemo II

Fon Tamukong II

Fon Tamukong II

To the new Fon, it’s a huge challenge for him to step into his father’s shoes, but count on the blessings and support of the entire Bambili population, the administration and above all his peers the fons to succeed.

The event proceeded with a special traditional dance where Fon Tamukong II joined to dance with members of the palace dance to the applause of the crowd and general gun firing.

Fon Tamukong II Dancing with the special dance group

Fon Tamukong II Dancing with the special dance group

Earlier in the afternoon, there was an ecumenical service to thank God for the life of the late Fon Awemo II, and to ask for his guidance during the reign of Tamukong II.

Fon Tamukong II is the 14th in the Bambili royal dynasty and is a trained history teacher by profession and succeeded his father Awemo II who reigned for 62 years (1962-2013). The late Fon had 12 wives ( 7 of which are of late) and 42 children with three of late.

The official enthronement of Fon Tamukong II also marks the beginning of the official mourning of the late fon. Friendly fondoms  and groups will start passing by from Saturday February 8, 2014 celebrate with the people of Bambili. this will run up to Friday February 28, 2014 that will mark the end of the official mourning.

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NW Governor chats with fons

NW Governor chats with fons

Cross section of Invited Guests and dignitaries

Cross section of Invited Guests and dignitaries

over 40 fons were in attendance

over 40 fons were in attendance

Thousands turn out for the presentation

Thousands turn out for the presentation

General gun firing was part of the celebration

General gun firing was part of the celebration

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