Fang love poem
Eve'ela djoé éne go'bé,
Mi tilan bifia ma dan nye'e,
Djika'a bo é nga maneya ntcham,
Efia nja nsulan “ma djin wo”.
Nsisim wuia angobete
One ma veañ bi fia
Madjogua boya avoo a chamban
Ane mesugu efia madjing wua
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Fang love poem (Pamue, Okak, Ntum, Pahouin, Ntumu, Ogowe, Make, Mvan, Pangwe, Ntoumou, Mvae, Mvay).
A translation in the language of the Equatorial Guinea (610,000), Cameroon (120,000), Congo (7,000), Gabon (400,000). These words in fang are for a really pretty turbaned Guinean lady. Its turban is its trademark!
1.2 millions of fangs, distributed in all these countries, speak this Nigerian-Congolese Beti Bantu language.
This shows the importance of this language of West Equatorial Africa, which straddles several countries.
The Fang includes several dialectal forms, as well as Creoles. This Bantu language is closely related to other languages of Cameroon, Bulu, Ewondo (Yaoundé), babele and Eton.
It's important to note that there is no word in the fang language to designate the chief.
The Fangs or Pahouins are farmers (cocoa, manioc, palm, peanut, corn), they also practice hunting, breeding (goats, pigs, poultry, sheep) and gathering. Despite a family organization which was based on patrilineal filiation, the application of the birthright, and the existence of several political-religious associations, the fang society was weakly structured.
The Fangs keep their traditions, and as is often the case in Africa, weddings and the cult of the dead are celebrated through festivals and dances. Among the Fangs Kә̀fә́nә̀ the harvest festival is a particularly important meeting.
Cameroon an other Fang country, is located at the crossroads of Central and Western Africa. This country is considered to be "Africa in miniature", because of its geographical and cultural diversity. There are more than 240 ethnic groups, including the Fangs.