NGONDO : HISTORY, PEOPLE, CULTURE

Ngondo! A word which, when mentioned, evokes images of an annual water-centred festival. Images of members of the Jengu cult diving into the Wouri river, spending minutes under water, and emerging with a message from the underwater kingdom of the Miengu, or water deities. Ngondo! The word immediately brings to mind images of a carnival-like atmosphere, of Sawa royalty and masses, clad in traditional regalia. But, the Ngondo is not just a festival of the Sawa people. The Ngondo is a traditional Assembly, a historical institution whose roots, can be traced to the pre-colonial period. An institution, which at its origin, played both judicial and legislative roles. One, which served as a diplomatic instrument, and one of the pioneers of the defense of the interests, not only of the Sawas, but the entire nation. In this webdoc you will get to read about the role played by the Ngondo, from as far back as the 1840s.

And then, each year, at the Ngondo festival, the most beautiful girl is crowned Miss Ngondo. But just what does it take to be designated as a traditional beauty queen? Get to see beauty, from a cultural lens. Also in this webdoc, discover the origin of Ambasse Bey, the Sawa traditional music, with German colonial roots, as the King of Ambasse Bey, Salle John, gets the ultimate recognition from his people, in 2019.