The Ngonso Cultural Festival is an exciting event during which Nso people exhibit their cultural heritage.There is an exhibition of works of arts.
One of the objectives of Ngonnso cultural festivals is to revive and keep to posterity the rich cultural heritage of the Nso people. This rich cultural heritage can also be identified in the arts and crafts of the Nso people. Their geographical, anthropological historical and traditional sites constitute part of this heritage.
During the festival, there are a several of activities. One such activity is the show of jujus. A juju is a person disguised in a costume for traditional entertainment purposes. The Nso Palace is divided into two houses each of which is represented by a different juju. The Ngiri house is represented by Wanmabu and the Kwerong house is represented by the Nko.
These two houses are thought to be secret societies. Membership into any of the two houses is either by royalty or by fulfilling the rites of initiation.
They have two main rules, entertainment and assisting the Fon in special duties such as resolving of conflicts anonymously.
Ngonnso is the founder of the Nso Dynasty (Nso Fondom), found in Bui Division of the North West Region of Cameroon. This woman is said to have left Rifem in the Adamawa Region of Cameroon in 1394 with her two siblings. On the way, they had different fortunes and misfortunes. While Nchare moved towards a different direction to found the Bamoun Dynasty and Mfoomban moved his own way to found the Mbam Dynasty in Bafia, Ngonnso moved to found the Nso Dynasty.
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