Bambili Culture: New Dawn as village enthrones 15th Fon! HRH Afungchwi III

By Bakah Derick in Bambili 

Article first published by The Guardian Post of Monday December 16

Sons and daughters of Bambili Village in Tubah Subdivision Mezam Division of the North West Region Saturday December 14th welcomed with unprecedented euphoria the dawn of a new era with the coronation of a new Fon.

     The coronation event opens a new chapter in the history of the Bambili fondom as Awemo Charles ascends the throne with the choice name for his reign being Afungchwi III as the 15th Fon of Bambili. Colourful as it was, sons and daughters of the university felt comforted by the welcome accorded their new king at the Bambili palace courtyard by not fewer than ten North West traditional rulers amongst who were the Fons of Ngen Muwah, Bambui, Ashong, Nkwen, Kedjom Ketingoh.

HRH AC Afungchwi III
HRH Afungchwi III

    Though the brief traditional enthronement rites were central to the day's event, the committed Presbyterian Christian, an Elder, a dedicated member of the Christian Men Fellowship and other Religious values the new ruler encarnates gave enough reason for an ecumenical Church service which allowed friends and villagers celebrate the King in songs and prayers.
Messages during the service presented in more ways than one His Majesty Afungchwi III as the God anointed man to move Bambili forward in peace and progress. Rev. Pastor Wayi Emmanuela's sermon was sufficiently motivating with the hope of inspiring the new Fon to emerge as the King of Peace, Unity and Reconciliation. 

It was a college of Presbyterian, CBC and Catholic Pastors and Religious who prayed for His Majesty Afungchwi III to be exemplary in leadership for it is in the Bible that when the righteous are on the throne, the people rejoice.

HRH Afungchwi III
HRH Afungchwi III

   Rev. Jum Ignatius, the PCC Moderator's representative in what sounded like a prayer of dedication prayed God to lead the new Fon in best ways so he can lead the people of Bambili according to God's dictates. It was a rare moment for Christians of the PCC who sounded off about their Christian member as the chosen one to promote, protect and preserve the customs and traditions of Bambili.

 The Fondom that hosts the Bamenda University of the future has over 40 quarters. Fair weather was on duty when on behalf of North West Fons, His Highness Teche Njei handed a Bible to the new Fon as an instrument for a reign that reassures. The King makers of Bambili were challenged to become King helpers and villagers inspired to stand solidly by the Fon for God's purpose to be fulfilled for Bambili and their people. His Majesty Afungchwi III succeeds His Majesty Tamukum II who disappeared some ten months ago. 

HRH Afungchwi III
The new Fon described by many as the new hope for Bambili is a retired Senior Servant of the Ministry of Transport. He is credited as a fine mixer who excels in Public Relations. 


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