Traditional Coup D’états In The Bamenda Grassfields Of Cameroon Chieftaincy Institution: A Historical Exploration

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ABSTRACT

One  of  the  most  noticeable  features  of  the  social-cultural  heritage  of  the Cameroon  Grassfields  is  the  chieftaincy  institution.    Chiefs  are  a  permanent feature  of  the  Cameroonian  Grassfields  society.  Throughout  history, Grassfields  chiefs  have  been  at  the  center  of  the  political,  social-economic  and cultural  life  of  their  respective  societies.    This  paper  reveals  that  the  violent dethronement  of  chiefs  in  the  Grassfields  region  of  Cameroon  is  not necessarily  a  new  dimension  in  the  institution.  From  the  structure  and organization  of  chieftaincy  in  the  Grassfields,  removing  chiefs  from  office  was usually  done  using  traditionally  prescribed  methods  which  by  and  large excluded  forceful  dethronement.  Exploring  the  numerous  existent  cases  on the  violent  destitution  of  some  Bamenda  Grassfields  traditional  rulers  from office,  the  study  concludes  that  the  traditional  mechanisms  for  the  exercise  of chiefly  power  and  authority  have  not  changed.  The  apparent  changes  in  the methods  used  for  the  dethronement  of  chiefs  are  the  response  by  the community  to  reclaim  and  re-establish  communal  rights,  privileges  and mechanisms  which  are  increasingly  confiscated  by  disrespectful  chiefs.  The study  suggests  that  the  desire  by  the  population  to  use  republican  principles to  exercise  power  and  authority  endangers  the  survival  of  traditional authority  in  the  Bamenda  Grassfields  of  Cameroon  and  further  undermines the chieftaincy  institution. 

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APA

Carnelian Journal of Law and Politics, C (2021). Traditional Coup D’états In The Bamenda Grassfields Of Cameroon Chieftaincy Institution: A Historical Exploration. Afribary.com: Retrieved January 22, 2021, from https://afribary.com/works/4-kaze-traditional-coup-detats-in-the-bamenda-grassfields-of-cameroon

MLA 8th

CJLP, Carnelian Journal of Law and Politics. "Traditional Coup D’états In The Bamenda Grassfields Of Cameroon Chieftaincy Institution: A Historical Exploration" Afribary.com. Afribary.com, 05 Jan. 2021, https://afribary.com/works/4-kaze-traditional-coup-detats-in-the-bamenda-grassfields-of-cameroon . Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

MLA7

CJLP, Carnelian Journal of Law and Politics. "Traditional Coup D’états In The Bamenda Grassfields Of Cameroon Chieftaincy Institution: A Historical Exploration". Afribary.com, Afribary.com, 05 Jan. 2021. Web. 22 Jan. 2021. < https://afribary.com/works/4-kaze-traditional-coup-detats-in-the-bamenda-grassfields-of-cameroon >.

Chicago

CJLP, Carnelian Journal of Law and Politics. "Traditional Coup D’états In The Bamenda Grassfields Of Cameroon Chieftaincy Institution: A Historical Exploration" Afribary.com (2021). Accessed January 22, 2021. https://afribary.com/works/4-kaze-traditional-coup-detats-in-the-bamenda-grassfields-of-cameroon