Lebialem Division: Lebang people receive artefacts carted away during colonial era.

Cross section of returned artefacts

Lebang people in Lebialem Division of the South West Region, have received some of their artefacts that were carted away to parts of Europe, during the colonial period.

The artefacts were returned to the people during a ceremony in Yaounde, on March 30.  
The artefacts were returned, thanks to the Non-Governmental Organisation, NGO, RegARTless.

Hundreds of Lebang people attended the ceremony to celebrate the return of the artefacts. Some of the artefacts were said to belong to the Kungang Society, which fights against witchcraft.

Speaking at the ceremony, the President of RegARTless, Sylvie Njobati, talked about “the pain and suffering caused by this plunder…” 

She stated that: “We have decided not to wait for those who hurt us to give us closure and healing”.

Njobati also appealed to everyone “to open their hearts and let this celebration be the beginning of a journey to healing, self-emancipation and robust cultural identities.”

The Fon of Fontem, His Royal Majesty Fon Asabaton Fontem Njifua, who was instrumental in the return of the artefacts, stated that most of the items are being trafficked online.