By Yerima Kini Nsom
The rumbling gongs of Kwifoyn thundered deafeningly. Other instruments did the synergy, producing some kind of weird music that is in tandem with the mythical ideology of the Kom Kwifoyn.
Basking in rhapsodies, the “nikangs” ululate in all mellifluity. “Ouuuhu, Ouuuhu!;” they roared from their fief at the Kwifoyn compound. This was the atmosphere that greeted visitors to the Kom traditional capital, Laikom, during festive periods. That was then-when Laikom was Laikom in all its ramifications and aura. That was when Laikom, in whose bowels the Kom palace resides, had not yet been dispatched to the dustbin of past glories. That was when that destination of the mythical python trail still had the remnants of the tanangkoli era.
         Abiding cold pierced into your bone marrow when you arrived at the Itinilah, the first neighbourhood at Laikom. That was when climate change had not yet turned things upside down. A violent breeze did a gentle rock dance with the trees in the patches of forest around.

Tifôyn ti Kom

Iziyn i fôyn

tu’ i Sa’ni

Njinà I






Yû’ I





Njinà II


Yû’ II















               Source : Mìchi mikom 2005

Ameng - Laikom - Newest Village in Kom Kingdom?

"... Ameng used to be a quarter in Laikom. Those who first settled at Ameng were people from Laikom who used to come to farm at Ameng and due to the distance,  they started constructing bush houses and would come farm for a month before going back to Laikom.

As time went on these houses became compounds and today we have a very big village. Amongst the first settlers of Ameng were Bobe Ngoutum, Njugwi,Mashi Yuhnjang, Kou iyouah, Munteh, Toh, Mihdahkhi and Malicos.

This quarter has been under the direct control of Laikom until a year ago when the Paramount Fon of Kom gave them autonomy and today Ameng has a BohNteh by name Bobe Shaddrack Kuma (Yindo Mashi)."

How to help develop Ameng? Food, Water, Health + Education?

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Subject: THE PATH TO LAIKOM - Intro [Part 1 of 14]

Dear WoinKom,

As the subject line indicates, this is just Part One of a 14-part academic paper. All thanks to Nawain Shanklin [Ayongn'a Nawain] for graciously offering her research work to WoinKom and to 'WayneBobe', George Mbeh for taking time off babysitting his newborn 'njii_ndo', to proofread this precious document. No one is receiving a bill in the mail for this work, but the ancestors are not sleeping ...

There will be a two-day lapse between each part to enable you to read, digest and react to the information. This also gives you time to better manage your mailbox. At the end of it all, those who need a complete copy of the document [in Word format], with kindest permission from NaYaounde, will get it as an attachment - for printing and other purposes. Kom will hopefully be printed and distributed so many times that even the Chinese will want to know The Path to LaiKom.

On your marks, get set and ... yi jel ajung!


Laikom was the place of first settlement of Kom people, who believe they were led there from Bamessi by an incarnation--in python form--of their first Fon. As I have noted elsewhere (Shanklin, The Track of the Python, this volume), this myth emphasizes two important principles of Kom tradition--matrilineality and guidance by the ancestors--and, ..., the python has had important implications for Kom architecture, particularly Laikom architecture. Culled from Nawain Eugenia Shanklin's Research Paper titled - "The Path to Laikom: Kom Royal Court Compounds," Conference Proceedings: Palace Architecture, Grassfields Working Group, Oxford, 1982. Paideuma 31-111-150.