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Fon (title)

A Fon is a chieftain or king of a region of Cameroon, especially among the Widikum, Tikar, and Bamiléké peoples of the Bamenda grass fields (the Northwest, West Region) and the Lebialem of the South West Region. Though once independent rulers, most Fons were brought under the German rule or military subjugation during the colonial period. Following the defeat of the Germans in World War I, the Fons came under British or French rule, depending on whether their territory fell into British Cameroon or French Cameroon. Since Cameroon's independence in 1961, the Fons are under the jurisdiction of the Government of Cameroon. However, they maintain semi-autonomous union councils and jurisdiction over their hereditary land.

Some of the historically significant Fons of the Northwest are:

  • Fon Angwafo III of Mankon
  • Fon of Anong-Timah Bamtie
  • Fon of Ashong
  • Fon of Awing
  • Fon of Bali-Gansin
  • Fon of Bali-Gashu
  • Fon of Bali-Gham
  • Fon of Bangwa
  • Fon of Batibo
  • Fon of Bessi
  • Fon of Bum
  • Fon of Zang Tabi
  • In the Southwest region, only Lebialem division has Fons, the most notable of them being The Fon of Fontem.

  • HM Asabaton Fontem, Fon of Fontem
  • HM Fon Lekunze, Fon of Bamumbu
  • HM Fotabong Achenjang, Fon of Lewoh
  • HM Fonjumetaw, Fon of Nwehbetaw
  • List of incumbents

    This table provides a list of current Fons in Cameroon.

    References

    Fon (title) Wikipedia


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