Fon (title)

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Fon Angwafo III of Mankon, photographed in 2012

A Fon is a chieftain or king of a region of Cameroon, especially among the Widikum, Tikar, and Bamiléké peoples of the Bamenda grass fields (the Northwest, West Region) and the Lebialem of the South West Region. Though once independent rulers, most Fons were brought under German rule or military subjugation during the colonial period. Following the defeat of Germany in World War I, the Fons of British Cameroon came under British rule, and the Fons of French Cameroon came under French rule. Since Cameroon's independence in 1961, the Fons are under the jurisdiction of the Government of Cameroon. However, they maintain semi-autonomous union councils and jurisdiction over their hereditary land.

Some of the historically significant Fons of the Northwest are:

  • Doh Gahnyonga II (Fon of Bali Nyonga)
  • Fon Angwafo III of Mankon
  • Fon Asanji II of Chomba
  • Fon of Anong-Timah Bamtie
  • Fon of Ashong
  • Fon of Awing
  • Fon of Kung HRM. Fon KUM Gilbert
  • Fon of Bali-Gansin
  • Fon of Bali-Gashu
  • Fon of Bali-Gham
  • Fon of Bangwa
  • Fon of Batibo
  • Fon of Bessi
  • Fon of Bum
  • Fon of Zang Tabi
  • Fon of Guzang
  • Fon of Mendankwe
  • Fon of Bafut
  • Fon of Nso
  • Fon of Bafanji
  • Fon of Oku. HRM Fon Ngum IV

In the Southwest region, only Lebialem division has Fons, the most notable of them being The Fon of Fontem.

  • Asabaton Fontem, Fon of Fontem
  • Lekunze, Fon of Bamumbu
  • Fotabong Achenjang, Fon of Lewoh
  • Fonjumetaw, Fon of Nwehbetaw
  • Nicasius Nguazong, Fon of Fossungu Nguazong

List of incumbents[edit]

This table provides a list of current Fons in Cameroon.

Index Fondom Incumbent Tenure
1 The Fon of Akum Fon Ngwashi Ndikum George Since 1958
2 The Fon of Ambo Fon Tegum A. M
4 The Fon of Anong Fon Timah Moses Awenjang II
5 The Fon of Ashong Fon Christopher Mbah Mbafor III Since 2000 (order no. 0156/6/MINAT of 14 July)
6 The Fon of Awing Fon Fozoh II Since 1998
7 The Fon of Baba II
8 The Fon of Babanki
9 The Fon of Bamum
10 The Fon of Bacham
11 The Fon of Bali-Nyonga Fon Doh Gahyonga
12 The Fon of Bali-Kumbat Fon Doh Gahnyami III Since 2006
13 The Fon of Batibo Fon Tebo II R.A.M. Since 2006
14 The Fon of Bafanji
15 The Fon of Bafut Fon Abumbi II Since 1968
16 The Fon of Bambalang. Fon Fosi Yakum Ntaw
17 The Fon Babungo Fon Ndofoa Zofoa III Since 1999
18 The Fon of Bamesing
19 The Fon of Bangolan Fon Chafah XI
20 The Fon of Bawock Nana Wanda III
21 The Fon of Bessi Fon Forkum Richardson
22 The Fon of Bessom
23 The Fon of Befang
24 The Fon of Bellah Charles Morfaw Since 1991
25 The Fon of Chomba Fon Forbuzie II Martin Asanji Since 1963
26 The Fon of Efah
27 The Fon of Eewen
28 The Fon of Enyoh
29 The Fon of Esu Fon Kum-a-Chuo II Albert Chi Kawzuh Since 2007
30 The Fon of Ewai
31 The Fon of Fontem Asabaton Fontem
32 The Fon of Fossungu Nguazong Fon Nicasius Nguazong
33 The Fon of Guzang Fon GWAN MBANYAMSIG III Charles
34 The Fon of Kedjom Keku Fon Vubansi
35 The Fon of Kom Fon Vincent Yuh II
36 The Fon of Kung Fon Ekia Gilbert KUM
37 The Fon of Kulabei
38 The Fon of Kuruku
39 The Fon of Mankon
40 The Fon of Mbantu
41 The Fon of Mbe
42 The Fon of Mbengkok
43 The Fon of Mbengwi
44 The Fon of Menka Fon Moses Tadoh Azah
45 The Fon of Mbengwi Fon Thaddeus Njokum
46 The Fon of Nkambe
47 The Fon of Nkeh Fuankeh Ekokobe
48 The Fon of Nkar
49 The Fon of Ngyen muwah Fon teche Nje II
50 The Fon of Nkwen. Fon F.S.N Azehfor III
51 The Fon of Nso Fon Sehm Mbinglo I
52 The Fon of Nsongwa Fon Fo'Ngwadé Nzaah III
53 The Fon of Pinyin
54 The Fon of Oku Fon Ngum Merlin IV Since 12th May 2021
55 The Fon of Teze-Ngie Fon Ateughap Justin IV
56 The Fon of Kung Fon Ekia Gilbert KUM
57 The Fon of Zang Tabi Fon J.A. Tabi

References[edit]

  • "Cameroon traditional states". Worldstatesmen.org. Cahoon, Ben. Retrieved 2010-08-16.
  • "Lebialem Fons Conference" (PDF). Journalducameroun.com. N/A.