Along the way we stopped at Chutes d'Ekom Nkam, which we previously saw towards the end of the rainy season two years ago. While the waterfall wasn't as impressive (the rains are just beginning), it did mean that we could get a lot closer than last time.
|Main entrance to Foto chefferie's palace, Dschang.|
|Entrance to new museum at Foto chefferie. The panther/leopard|
represents power to many West Region communities.
The Petite Futé's description of Keleng was certainly accurate, as the chef happily welcomed us into the family compound, although as our friend noted this included "aggressive West African hospitality" and the occasional yelling at the women of the household. That said, he settled down after squiring us around Foto, and we had a nice evening eating and chatting with his family. The accommodation was quite comfortable (especially with the cool weather), and I'd highly recommend a visit.
|"The chefferie: serving the development of the village.|
|Passing the chefferie of Bansoa on the road to Foumban: "Together we are stronger."|
|The museum incorporates the main symbols of Foumban's Sultanate:|
the two-headed snake ("Double power!") and the spider (wisdom).
After visiting the palace, we proceeded to check out the old war drum of the Bamoun people, kept in a special building next to the market. (The caretaker of the keys is a lady selling bras in the market.) Ali, who also showed us around during our last visit, explained that the drum was used to summon the ruler's warriors to battle.
|Old rifles outside the Sultan's palace.|
|The war drum.|
|Sultan Ibrahim Njoya, who shifted between Christianity and Islam as alliances dictated.|
The Bamoun people are now mostly Muslim as he eventually settled on Islam.
|Foumban market with drum house.|