Batibo

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Batibo is a town in Cameroon, Africa. It is located along the Trans-African Highway, 27 miles west of Bamenda and about 100 miles east of Nigeria. Batibo is the economic, social, political and cultural heartbeat of Moghamo as well as the Greater Widikum tribe. Batibo, formerly referred to as Aghwi, is home to a people including farmers, traders, and craftsmen.

Batibo Village is southwest of Bamenda in the northwest region of Cameroon, along the Bamenda - Mamfe road; some 40 kilometers from the City of Bamenda. It is located between latitudes 575 and 590 north of the equator,[1] longitudes 975 east of the Greenwich meridian,[clarification needed] and at the transition between the equatorial forest in the south and the savannah to the north.

Climate[edit]

Batibo experiences two seasons, the rainy and the dry seasons and the average number of rainy days is 165 within a calendar year, with annual rainfall recorded at approximately 2500 mm.

Statistics[edit]

  • The time zone ID for Batibo is Africa/Douala.
  • The population is estimated at twenty-thousand.

Culture[edit]

Batibo culture portrays itself in rhythmic music, traditional outfits, artwork, and folklore and traditional rites.[2] Batibo is sandwiched between the savannah and the tropical forests. The transitional climatic and vegetation zones have endowed the people with subsistent and cash crops. Crops include yams, beans, corn, peanuts, cassava, potatoes, tomatoes, bananas and plantains. Also cultivated in Batibo are perennial trees that produce palm nuts, plums, cashew nuts, kolanuts, coffee and cocoa. Fruits and vegetables grown include pineapples, passion fruit, guava, sugar cane, monkey kola, berries, okra, Bitter leaf, leeks, oranges, avocados, water melon and pawpaw.

Wine[edit]

Batibo and its catchment area of Moghamo is the palm wine capital of the world. The sweet white wine is tapped from the raffia palm tree. The white wine locally referred to as Fitchuk is a staple at all occasions including birth celebrations, engagements (knock-door), weddings, funerals and others. The wine is exported to all the other nine regions of Cameroon with areas as far as Yaounde and Douala. Fitchuk hardens with age and has actually been frozen and shipped to Europe and the USA where it is used to grace birth and marriage celebrations.

Food[edit]

Nang-tari is a pourish made of coco-yams, and vegetables. Huckle Berry vegetable (Njama Njama) and cocoyams is a frequent meal. The over twelve types of yams are cooked with meat, fish, chicken, vegetables and spices. Other foods consumed by the Batibo people include: rice, fufu, ndole, eru, achu, miyondo, koki, garri.

The inhabitants of Batibo engage in animal husbandry. Animals raised in Batibo and Moghamo include goats, sheep, cows, rabbits and pigs. Pigs are commonly eaten on social events. In addition to those animals, chickens are also raised both in poultries and as free range.

Music[edit]

It is an inhabitant of Batibo who originated the quote "Music is the fruit of life's creative and rhythmic juices".[citation needed] A visit to any cultural occasion in Batibo will reveal the rhythmic culture. The Batibo inhabitants and their catchment area of Moghamo have a culture that is full of music, folklore, and dance. The traditional dances include the Tiwara, Nchibi, Mareway, Ambolo, Njang, and Ngo, not forgetting the Royal dance and the Nere.

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