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Powerful Arts of Cameroon by The Amadou Njoya Collection
Powerful Arts of Cameroon
The Amadou Njoya Collection
January 30, 2014 - March 10, 2014
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Nji Amadou Njoya

Born into a family of distinguished artists, tradesmen, and advisors to the Fon (King), Amadou Njoya is a fourth generation member of the Bamum Kingdom of Cameroon. In 2005, in an inaugural ceremony presided over by Fon Imbraham Mobombo Njoya, Amadou Njoya succeeded his father Nsangou Mama taking the title Nji which was passed down from his great-grandfather.

Aside from advising the Fon, Njoya’s title implies a cultural role: to transmit Bamum customs to the next generation through an oral tradition dating back to the late 14th century. In addition, he is responsible for the enactment of religious rituals, annual commemorative festivals, initiations, and other celebratory practices.

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