Here in Cameroon, there are a wide variety of culture and language as well, depending on the region. So each point of the country has its own ways and beliefs.
As my parents are from different regions, I’ve got the culture from the center province ( Yaounde) and the one from the west province (Bafoussam). The people from the western Cameroon are called « Bamilekes », a very typical group, which the culture is strongly based on a system of kingdom, with a firm attach to the ancestors, which is less emphasize in the center province’s culture.
Believe it or not dear friends,the witchery phenomenon is widely spread as well. it’s no longer as uncommon as it used to be. You may have heard some anecdotic stories about albino children’s murders, which are far from being a joke. As far is Cameroon is concerned, you can meet on the road a very traditional person, traditional in the way he is dressed, and in the way he thinks or does think. the word « traditional » here ,may be understood as « really cultural » , or may be « rudimentary », depending on your approach on the globalization. In the other hand, you can meet someone different, who looks and thinks in a quite strange modern way, trying to « run away » from where he comes from, from his culture. And at last you can come across someone very modern, but remaining in a certain way, where he is from. So the one firmly rooted will hardly try to get to know people from different culture, as his own seems to be the core of his life. The one who is uproot will adopt another culture, and many at the same time, and will end up in a sort of « loss » as to know how to keep and maintain his beliefs, especially if he has not succeed in making himself accepted by the people with the culture he has opted for. The last one will benefit from the differences he will get from the other culture. He will also feel free and eager to share his culture with the others. Well friend, this is a view, which may not be very expressive, or significant, but is still a part of the long-detailed approach on the cultural polemic in Africa.
p.s. There are no smileys in this entry. I don’t know why. Let me just put one ( ¨ ; ¨ )