OROKO Yi - Welcome Home

Several years ago in the Oroko regions, messages were transmitted from one village to another by the beating of wooden drums, - the "Elimbi". The neighboring villages interpreted the rhythms from these drums to obtain the messages and responded accordingly. Later on, a messenger was dispatched carrying a "Desungu", - ( a special stick tied like a bundle with special leaves ) to the next village.  From the look at the special bundle, the village elders interpreted and understood the messages and responded accordingly. Specifically, when a chief had a message for his villagers, this messenger would run around the village ringing a bell and relating the message to the villagers. This person was called the "Town Crier". This web site is the Town Crier for every reader, and particularly for all OROKOS. It will provide the public with special events in both the association and the Oroko Culture. We will be a vehicle to announce cultural and community events across the USA and worldwide as the need arises. We would like to promote businesses owned by OROKO indigenes at home and in the diaspora. After browsing our web site, please take a moment to use the feedback form to let us know how you feel about the Oroko Culture.

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From Your President

Fellow Oroko Brothers, Sisters, Mothers, Fathers, and Children, Let me start by giving thanks to the almighty father for taking all of us to and from the 2013 Oroko Annual Convention in New Jersey / New York, where history was made. (more…)

President Mabian’s Address – 2012

My dear Brothers and Sisters, Happy New Year 2012! The National Executive Members wish to sincerely thank you for your selfless efforts in keeping this organization together and productive for the good of our people in Orokoland. (more…)

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Building Knowledge and Awareness of the Community Around Us

Who Are the Orokos

"If there is one thing to acknowledge of the Orokos besides their rich cultural background and natural intelligence, it is their sense of hospitality. This spirit of hospitality has now made them to look like the Achebe’s proverbial lunatics who may be outnumbered even though they own the place. The heterogeneous nature of the ethnic group has also systematically regrouped the various clans into natural characteristics like" ( by Edmund Nofuru)

  • The Intelligence of the Balues
  • The Wisdom of the Ngolos
  • The Oratory of the Batangas
  • The Beautiful Queens of Bima
  • The Handsomeness of the Mbonges
  • The Tolerance of the Bakundus
  • The Marvellous Singers of Balondo Banangas
  • The Hospitality of the Balondo Badikos
  • The Courage of the Ekombes
  • The Black Magic of the Bakokos

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We Are Passionately Committed To Serving Our Folks and Upholding Our Cultural Heritage

Prince Fred Mediko

President

Iya Olive Mosah Beseka

Treasurer

Iya Caroline Elangwe

Financial Secretary

Tata Daniel Esoe

Public Relations Officer

Adolf-Ebile

Tata Adolf Ebile

Secretary General

Tata Adolphus Ati

Technical Director

Tata Mosongo Nanje

Assistant Secretary Gen.

Tata Sammy Diony

Vice President

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Oroko Musical Maestros

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Oroko Georgia Sponsors Feasiblity Studies on Orokoland

The authors of this report wish to express their heartfelt gratitude to the traditional chiefs, traditional council members, government, church and groups officials as well as the people in the different villages for their collaboration with the field team in the course of this study. Special thanks to Wilson Elangwe and Joyce Mote who understood the importance of the study and engulfed all odds (bad roads, trekking long distances, boating on open sea waters, limited finances, etc.) in implementing this study.

Our thanks also go to Rev. Dr. Sam Esale and Jackson Nanje, executive management representatives of the Dikome Balue Development Corporation (DEDICO) in USA for participating in joint planning meetings with Georgia Oroko Cultural Association’s Project Committee and for helping to coordinate activities of DEDICO field volunteers in Cameroon.
Indeed, our sincere thanks go to all members of Georgia Oroko Cultural Association for conceiving this great project and for allocating funds to ensure the study is carried out from start to finish. Thanks to Mr. Ati Adolphus for the pool of information he brought from his private trips to Cameroon. Those information have been included in the document.   (more…)

Clans in OrokoLand
10
Villages in OrokoLand
217
Oroko Chapters in the USA
6
Orokos in the USA
921

What our elders say

“It took me a visit to the United States to once again eat plantains the way our fore-fathers used to prepare it. i.e with the skin. But my host, unaware of this delicacy kept apologizing to me.”

Chief Isoh Itoh Paramount Chief, Ekondo-titi

“If there is one thing to acknowledge of Oroko people besides their rich cultural background and natural intelligence, it is their sense of hospitality.”

Tata Nofuru Edmund Oroko Historian

Commentaries

School Bench Project 2016 (Samuel S. Diony)

CLASSROOM BENCH PROJECT IN CAMEROON REPORT: This report is a narrative of how the Oroko-USA Association managed to launch the Classroom Bench Project in Cameroon. The project should be considered to be the first phase of how Oroko-USA can help improve the dilapidated conditions of our Oroko primary schools; especially […]

Tourism in OrokoLand (By Fred Bebe)

Although there are many sites of touristic importance in Orokoland, they are yet to be developed, and advertised as such. However, a feature of immediate and growing importance is that of ecotourism. “Ecotourism is a form of tourism that strives to minimize ecological or other damage to areas visited for […]

Ndian Division. A Neglected Treasure ( By Andrew Edimo )

A common saying goes that the deeper a treasure is buried, the more anxious the pirate is to get to it.But that is not the case with Ndian Division, which is a treasure neglected. Part of the beauty of the Korup National Park here, the deplorable nature of roads is […]

Education in OrokoLand ( By Jackson Nanje )

As Oroko people, we have suffered a lot. Oroko clan has a total of 227 villages scattered in two divisions (Meme and Ndian) with a population of Ndian division well over 130,000 people based on the 1975 censors. Probably estimated today at about 200,000 people. The book drive is not something […]

My Proffer for the First Oroko World Conference ( By Andrew Edimo )

Since the idea of organizing an oroko world conference came into existence in the circle of Oroko Cultural Association – USA, until when it was agreed that it is a project worth perusing during an executive meeting in Maryland, some years ago, I have being pondering on how this august […]

‘Welcome” in hindsight, is an Oroko contradiction. ( By Loius Etongwe)

The last time that I checked the Webster dictionary of the English language, unabridged edition; “Welcome” which also means ‘Oroko’ in our ancestral derivation; is to greet hospitably with courtesy and cordially? ‘Welcome’ also means to accept with the occurrence of…or receive gladly into ones presence or companionship, giving pleasure, […]

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Where Are The Orokos?

The Orokos are found in the SouthWest Region of Cameroon, covering a large portion of the Meme and Ndian divisions.They are made up of 10 clans, each speaking their own dialect as shown in brackets.

  • Balondo Ba Diko (Londo)
  • Balondo Ba Nanga (Londo)
  • Balue (Lolue)
  • Batanga (Lotanga)
  • Bima (Bima)
  • Ekombe (Ekombe)
  • Mbonge (Mbonge)
  • Bakoko (Lokoko)
  • Ngolo (Longolo)
  • Bakundu (Lokundu)

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