Emmanuel Kombem Ngwainmbi
The Bali Nyonga, also known as Bali Chamba, are a part of seven ethnic groups that bear the same prefix (Bali): Bali Nkontan, Bali Kumbat, and Bali Gwangsun. The Bali Nyonga are relatively newcomers to the grass field of Bamenda. During the early 19th century, the Bali who were a part of the Adamawa people suffered famine and pressure from their neighbors. They were also raided by the Fulani. The Bali moved from Chamba, having escaped from wars, a protracted drought, and other climatic hazards. They were horsemen and therefore mounted their horses and moved out to regions in search of food. As they traveled south, they fought with other ethnic groups, taking prisoners of war along with them. Later, they focused attention on markets in the southern forests, where labor was needed for the new palm-oil industries. The Bali Chamba moved south, where they encountered contingents of the mighty ...