Africa’s cultural and political identity cannot exist without its traditional rulers. For centuries, traditional rulers, some known as “chieftaincies,” “Igwes,” or “queen mothers,” have been key in maintaining peace, preserving customary laws & in helping to ensure the legitimacy of post-colonial politicians/leaders. Their influence in maintaining Africa’s cultural anchoring was and is still key. Now, they are working to tackle climate change in a fight to preserve their ways of life. This session will explore the critical role traditional rulers have played in community-led restoration projects in Nkambe Cameroon and will feature the stories of Chiefs from GLFx Nkambe, Cameroon, Chapter.
Nfor Blessing MbontuChapter facilitator
GLFx Nkambe, Cameroon
Ekoaba Cevie EngoweiProgram Manager
Mbeh Divine Nformi NforRuler, farmer
Saah village in Nkambe Central
Irene OjuokResearcher at Right Livelihood College at the Center for Development Research
University of Bonn, Germany
National Multi Stakeholder Platform on land governance in Malawi (NES MALAWI)
Mankfu Findo Marie Louis KwimbuQueen Mother of Bondede
Augusta SenenssieFounder, Head of Research
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