Introduction / History
The Mbuko are grouped on and around a small chain of hills in the Dimare Department of the Far North Province of Cameroon. They are divided into clans according their descendance from one of the six sons of the original founder of the area. Agriculture forms the mainstay of their economy, and millet is the main crop.
Christianity began to have an impact in the 1970's when a Gemzek (neighboring people) woman married a Mbuko man, and her sons from a previous marriage began to share the Good News in their new home. The Mbuko have responded well to the Gospel and approximately thre-quarters would call themselves Christian. The translation of the Bible is in progress. The Mbuko are very interested in having the Bible in their own language.
Tembew is a kind of toad with a fat belly, and the Mbuko have written a lullaby about it. If a person is looking after the child of another person and the child begins to cry for his or her mother, the babysitter will sing, 'You are crying for your mother, you have a toad belly'.
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