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Title:African cultures at the crossroads: an ethnographic analysis of the Bambui people of North West Cameroon
Authors:Athanasius Amungwa, Fonteh
Aletum Tabuwe, Michael
Periodical:Revue africaine d'études politiques et stratégiques = African Journal of Political and Strategic Studies
Geographic term:Cameroon
ethnic groups
cultural change
social change
Abstract:The purpose of the paper is to criticaIly analyze the traditions and customs of the Bambui people in Tubah sub-Division in Cameroon's North West Region to assess how globalization has impacted on their culture. The overall design of this study fell within the paramerers of field research using participant observarion, in-depth interviews, focus groups, and document analysis for data gathering. Findings show that globalization has had both negative and positive effects on the Bambui culture. Globalization has not only generated the erosion of some cultural values and virtues of life but opened the Bambui people's lives to other cultures and their creativity. Some of the hitherto sacrosanct cultural practices of Bambui that depict irrational worldviews and belief systems, are fast becoming unattractive and some are actually phasing out. Thereafter, in the analysis, the paper proposes the way forward for stemming the tide of cultural atrophy of African cultures. Bibliogr., notes, ref. sum [Journal abstract, abbr.]