How did the Kom people come about the name NJONG for their military group?
Before the arrival of Foyn YUH I to the throne, this KOM military unit was called (NDO-IGHONG/KINTIM). Foyn YUH overthrew another Foyn before becoming Foyn himself. The commander in chief who lead the NDO-IGHONG/KINTIM in 1865 to overthrow the Foyn for YUH to take over as Foyn, was called NJONG.
NJONG was the commander in chief of the NDO-IGHONG/KINTIM of Bobe Aboh. When he succeeded in his mission and enthroned YUH as the Foyn in 1865 the name NDO-IGHONG was changed to NJONG and that name has remained so till today. The real Bo Njong in Kom is the Foyn. The Njong unit heads in Kom are actually care takers of those units. The njong unit heads report their activities to the (MFORMIE) Commander-in-Chief who is based in the palace (Laikom). The Mformie transmits all reports to the Foyn. Decisions from the Bo Njong, the Foyn, are transmitted to the Njong units through the Mformie in Laikom. Foyn YUH II revamped the NJONG in 2008. Their role today is no more to raid other chiefdoms but to keep the Kom cultural activities alive.
It is with a great sign of relief that I announce to this fora the enthronisation of the the new Bobe Aboh, Bo Foyn Kom last Friday the 22nd of November 2013 at Abe Aboh. He is 18 years old and an upper sixth Science student. He is Bobo Ndzi A. Ngwainbi.
Arrested some three weeks back, he jumped the gates of Laikom and escaped far off the Kom Kingdom. Since the funeral of his father who disappeared on September 30th 2013, the Aboh village remained in a mourning state and by the tradition, no woman went to the farms. A hunger epidemy was predicted until the "miyini mi Kom" led him back to Laikom on Sunday the 17th of November 2013.
Last Friday the Kwifoyn Kom led him from Laikom to the inner circle of the the Abe Aboh popularly know as "mbayn". The ritual ceremony took many turns, some discret and some public.
The following has been written and revised several times at different times after several consultations with several informants. The most typical characteristic of Oral History is variation. I am ready to revise and rewrite this from the comments, corrections and any additives that may follow. You will be able to distinguish analytical/cross references, personal opinions from the facts.
Ayongni a kie.
KOM: FROM CAPITAL PUNISHMENT THROUGH
OSTRACISM TO HOUSE ARREST.
Long before colonization the people of Kom had a judiciary system and judiciary procedures as well as affiliated institutions and instruments that were similar or comparable to contemporary Republican Institutions. All through the ages Kwi’foynkom has been moving with the times tailoring and redressing them to reflect the minds and times of succeeding generations.
Think you know Njong (The Military Club of Kom Kingdom)?
Njong = 'the right arm of Kwifoyn'
Some WoinKom sometimes refer to drinking alcohol as "se nyiiv njong". All conquest states were built on strong armies. As a conquest state, Kom had an effective military organization that helped in the territorial expansion and in the defense of the territory against intruders.
Njong was a military club composed of young men of fighting age. Every village had its own Njong. For national defense the efforts of the village military clubs were coordinated by the palace military club (ndo njong nii foyn). The club house was usually built on the major road entering the village. Sessions were held once in the Kom eight-day week. The members paid no entrance fee but were required to provide palm wine in turns.
Someone has to recruit you .
The FOYN or some SENIOR NCHINDO nchindo who has graduated or has acquired some ranks within the institution can recruit.
The first step is the recruitment itself and the acknowledgement of the individual to join,
Secondly, he must provide the chicken of the "head hair patch" (we shave your head except a patch of hair that indicates your newly acquired status).
Thirdly, you pay the "small muyo" (muyo boll) and then muyo ghani(the big muyo)
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