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.