By Francis B. Nyamnjoh
Recently I have been contacted by some African-Americans and agents of African-Americans who have traced their origin to the Tikar of Cameroon and would like to know more about this group of people. I have therefore written up these notes to assist them and interested others in their quest to capture their multiple dimensions of belonging.
If you are an African-American looking for Tikar communities in Cameroon, here are the four places to start, once you have landed at the Douala International Airport:
- Bamenda (Western Grassfields, North-West Province)
- Fumban (Eastern Grassfields, Western Province)
- Bankim (Tikar Plain, Upper Mbam, Mayo-Banyo Division, Adamawa Province)
- Ngambe (Tikar Plain, Upper Mbam, Mbam Division, Central Province)
The Tikar have not attracted much direct scholarship as a group (David Price being one of the few exceptions – see 1979), but many studies of various other groups, of groups claiming Tikar origin, and of the Grassfields in general include accounts on the Tikar.