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Nyem Nyem Festival

The Nyem-Nyem Festival in the city of Ngaoundéré in the Adamawa Region is an annual cultural event that celebrates the local resistance against German penetration and control of their land in the elevated location of Mount Djim.

There are typical endless caves in the rocky Mount Djim, in the mountains of Galim, in western Ngaoundéré that served as refuge for the Nyem-Nyem people. The Nyem-Nyem entrenched themselves there to escape the slave trade raids that raged on the Adamawa plateau in the 18th and 19th centuries.

There is an esplanade on the mountain with a series of polished and hewn stones. The Nong, a big flat stone on which the Nyem-Nyem used to poison their spears and arrows is located there. There is direct access from the esplanade to the caves that stretch for about 23 kilometres. In case of alarm, villagers were easily rallied by a gong whose sound is easily decoded by members of the community.

The next festival will be held in April 2014. All tourists and lovers of culture and tradition (without any distinction of colour or race) are welcome to participate in this festival!


 
 



     

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