Based on historians, the Tikars ancestors was living long time ago in the Arabian Peninsula in the area between Yemen and Palestine. Some wars between Arabs make the Tikars ancestors to migrate in the area between Sudan and Egypt.
They found themselves settling in Saudi Arabia but with the domination of Islam on the rise, the ancestors of Tikars was surrounded and ordered to give all their magic power to the people in charge of Islam. All the precious belongings of the Tikar was taken and buried in a place that the Muslims consider today to be Mecca, under the Black Stone (Kaaba).
But some of the Tikars was smart enough to hide some of the symbols of the Tikar. One of these power symbols was a magic arrow weapon that could fly, and another was a type of small carpet that could transport people.
After the Arabian Muslims realized that the Tikar ancestors were not submissive to their authority and they refused to convert to Islam, the Muslims started to look for a way to exterminate them. One of the elders of the Tikar ancestors had a dream or revelation that he should look at the position of the sky and follow the magic arrow and carpet until they touched down. And where this carpet and arrow touch down, it will be the final resting place of all the Tikars. The long migration process started and based on some historians it took them 150 to 250 years to follow the magic arrow.
They move Egypt where they were established for a long time, to Sudan, to the Adamaoua region, to the actual Plane of Tikar in Cameroon. Adamaoua is between Nigeria and Northern part of Cameroon. It is from Adamaoua where the Tikar ancestors with the Princess WouTen migrated to create the actual Tikar land. The Tikar name came from that dispute in Adamaoua between the King of Tikar and Princess WouTen. She is the Mother of all the Tikar and by extension the Grand Mother of the Bamilekes.
The Tikars were called in a language that was spoken by the Tikar ancestors when WouTen was asked by her Dad to leave the palace to go away and leave them alone. The Princess took it as the name of her people who accompanied her. Her Dad asked her to leave the village and with the help of other Princes close to her she decided to go away. Tikar means “Leave us alone…. get away…don’t bother us”. That’s where we got the name Tikar, after that episode of dispute in Adamaoua.
Remember, that part of the power of Tikar was the magic arrow? Well, when they left Egypt in the revelation it was told to them that they should not rest until the magic arrow came down and when they see it come down, that will be the final place that the ancestors want them to reside and nobody will ever defeat them in that land. The magic arrow landed in the actual Tikar land, and all the people that fought against the Tikar including the German and the French was never able to penetrate Tikar land via war.
Note: Wouten’s name in Tikar is Wouaintang (Wouaing Tang)
Tikar meaning for Wouaing is a title for a princess who is from a palace or born in the palace and Tang means beautiful.
The Bamileke of Cameroon are descendants of Tikar. The Bamileke origins was traced to Egypt, migrated to what is now northern Cameroon between the 11th and 14th centuries. They are a large and diverse population. They are very economically strong and independent. Known for great business skills as well as rich culture.
Though greater part of the Bamileke people are from the West region, it is estimated that almost half of Bamileke are from the English-speaking regions, the majority of which are from the North-West region. There are 123 Bamileke Kingdoms in these regions.
One of these many kingdoms is Bamena.
The Bamena are a Bamileke people in the West Province of Cameroon. The name “Bamena” means “Throne of the stolen goat”.
The Bamena are often teased with humor as goat thieves. This joke is not at all unfounded. Instead, it has a direct relationship with the history of the village.
Here is the story behind the name Bamena…
For a very long time, the village was hit by a famine and the people asked the dignitaries and great hunters to procure meat, which caused them (Dignitaries & Hunters) to run towards hunting. However, one of them (Blingoun) very clever after only a few kilometers grabbed a goat and put it in a bag and brought it back to the people as the game he was claiming. Despite protests, Blingoun brought the population to accept his offer by making them recognize that they had asked for the meat without specifying whether it was that of a domestic animal or not.
Having won the bet, Blingou Njonvueup became the Paramount Fon of Bamena before the other dignitaries had returned from hunting. Later it was discovered that the Fon had stolen his game and that is why he was called the “King Robber Goats.” Since then, the Bamena are teased as well as their Fon as goat thieves.
This just one of the many stories from the Bamileke peoples.
For more on the Bamileke People, please visit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bamileke_people
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