Global Advanced Research Journal of History, Political Science and International Relations ISSN:2315-506X
March 2012 Vol. 1(2), pp 048-055
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Missionary activity in Bakunduland, Cameroon, 1873 – 1960: An historical appraisal
Joseph Ebune Betoto
Department of history, faculty of arts, university of Buea, P O Box 63 Cameroon.
Accepted 20 March, 2012
This paper is a historical analysis of Missionary activities in Bakunduland in the southwest region of Cameroon in the 18th and 19th Centuries. These activities such as Christian proselytization, Western education, health care took place in a context of opposition from the Bakundu local population. This opposition can be explained as a from of resistance to what was perceived by Western colonists and missionary officials as a civilizing mission, and by the same token considered traditional culture of the Bakundu inferior. As a result of these missionary activities, the Bakundu society was transformed. But this transformation was never complete for as the paper highlights, there is a blend of Western and African cultures expressed in syncretism, a situation that still prevails among the Bakundu.
Keywords: Missionary, Bakunduland, Evangelization, Culture.