600 Years Old Ngiri Ntu’ufu Ancient Cultural Heritage From African

Ngiri Ntuufu is an ancient cultural art collection from a small village,  in a West African country called Cameroon.

This collection is over half a millennium and an estimate from world cultural experts says they are worth over USD$3,600,000 within the international cultural world.

Ngiri Ntufu art collection is registered with UNESCO under the International cultural heritage database with Reg#  “UNESCO389269BV0-CM”. This art collection is rich in history and of great cultural heritage to the people of these villages.

According to their Certificate of Authenticity done by German Cultural experts after their examination in 1912, this collection dates back to 15 Century Produced by the Baligan Si’in people in honor of their founding fathers and fallen heroes.

Many Tribal wars have been fought over this art collection as they are believed to be the ‘gods’ of protection and prosperity to the people in control and have changed hands from village to village over the centuries through bloody tribal wars but have been under Baligan Si’in ownership authority for over a two Centuries now.

Ownership Transitions over a Span of 600 years as follows

  • Early 15 Century Produced by the Baligan Si’in people in honor of their founding fathers and fallen heroes
  • End of the 16 Century was under the Baligashu village for half a century
  • Early in the 17 Century, Returned to the Baligan Si’in village
  • Mid 17 Century was under the Bafanji Village for a short period of fewer than 20 years
  • Towards the end of the 17 Century went back to Baligashu Village for less than 10 years
  • End of the 17 Century was under the Bamunkumbit Village for almost 30 years
  • 18 Century went back to the Baligan Si’in people till date 23/071911 under  Gwarrlav.

Note Bafanji, Baligan Si’in, Baligashu, Balikumbat, and Bamunkumbit are all siblings and descendants of “Mangeh” the ruler of the ancient Mangeh village.

Ngiri Ntu fu Ancient Mythological Ritual Practices And Beliefs

In the past, it was well-established traditional mythology for over 400 years, that the villages associated or villages in possession of these artifacts practiced Human Sacrificial Rituals to them, as records show that during intertribal wars, many rivals defeated tribe chiefs, warlords and village heads were beheaded on these artifacts for Sacrificial rituals as a sign of victory, prosperity and ownership control.

This art collection was worshipped as “gods” to the Baligan Si’in people and related villages and had been the cause of many tribal wars and bad blood within tribes for their control and ownership.

The local record has numerous human ritual sacrifices being performed on these artifacts for over four centuries. These objects and noble materials are strictly controlled by the kings and have a great cultural heritage in the Baligan Si’in people/community.

Regarding the history of these cultural relics in question; it has always been considered as a witness of values and legacies throughout North West Cameroon in general “Baligan Si’in” people in particular where all these statues have always represented commemorating the memory of valiant warriors who died during tribal wars between clans and neighboring villages.