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A nyongo sorcerer was identified through his modern house with its zinc roof, which was a mark of sudden wealth. Zinc houses indicated possession of sudden wealth, and it was believed that modern houses could not have been constructed ordinarily. To the extent that it attacked an indicator of prosperity, belief in Nyongo was an obstacle to economic growth.
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Case 2: Witchcraf Accusation among the Bakweri, Cameroon ..2 Nyongo as an obstacle to Economic Development Few villagers dared to construct zinc houses, and several modern houses that existed remained empty. New forms of wealth were considered dangerous because their beneficiaries were immediately suspected of having Nyongo. The Nyongo phenomenon was a “traditional” obstacle to development. Impact of the Bakweri Cooperative Union of Farmers In 1951, a few Bakweri intellectuals founded the “Bakweri Cooperative Union of Farmers.” The Cooperative promoted cultivation of banana for the export market in Europe.
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Case 2: Witchcraf Accusation among the Bakweri, Cameroon ..3 Impact of the Bakweri Cooperative Union of Farmers More villager cultivated banana and became wealthy. The banana-boom increased Nyongo accusation significantly. The youths accused their elders of trying to drag them into Nyongo. By 1955, the village council of Lysoka agreed to seek Obasinjom as the solution to the Nyongo crisis. The Arrival of Obasinjom Obasinjom juju was bought from Bayangi to identify and punish those who had wealth witchcraft.
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Case 2: Witchcraf Accusation among the Bakweri, Cameroon ..4 The Arrival of Obasinjom With the Nyongo witches identified, more modern houses were constructed and occupied. But after 1963, banana prices fell and the business became unattractive. The post banana boom disappointment coincided with a new witchcraft scare. It was alleged that the Bakweri were transformed into zombies to work in a new seaport under construction. Again, during the SAP induced austerity measures, Nyongo resurrected. By end of 1988. Obasinjom was once again dancing all across the mountain villages to unmask sorcerers.
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Case 2: Witchcraf Accusation among the Bakweri, Cameroon ..5 Cycles of witchcraf accusation coinciding with economic change Witchcraft accusation is seen to play an active role in economic change among the Bakweri . People considered to be rich during times of hardship were accused of witchcraft. At the same time, fear of being accused of witchcraft caused many people to limit accumulation or hid their wealth. Nyongo was not an equalizing force, it was the danger of being accused of Nyongo that had the equalizing impact. Belief in Nyongo was an obstacle to new forms of enrichment. Obasinjom itself can be described as a form of witchcraft, an anti-thesis of Nyongo. Using any case study of your choice, show that witchcraft accusation is a manifestation of the struggle for resources and contradiction between different classes of the society
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REVIEW QUESTIONS 1. Using any case study of your choice, show that witchcraft accusation is a manifestation of the struggle for resources and contradiction between different classes of the society.
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