Afo Akom Cultural festival is a gathering by the Kom people each end of year in Laikom at the Fon`s palace. This festival is lasted for two days with tradition activities and cultural dances of the kom people. Afo-A-Kom is a primitively carved wooded statue used annually by Kom inhabitants, for ceremonial purposes. It is an important emblem of Kom stored with other sacred Kom groupings at the Royal compound in Laikom. The statue was made at about 1865 by Fon Yuh, the 7th ruler of Kom.
Afo-A-Kom was stolen to New York City in 1966, discovered and returned to Kom 7 years later and through intense diplomatic maneuverings. The incident brought Kom to international prominence. The Afo-A-Kom is a Royal standing figure holding a baton in front of the chest, standing behind the throne and supported by buffalo heads. The male figure depicts the Royal family. Afo-a-Kom is a portrait of Fon Yuh, mother of the queen, a royal wife, and a child and 2 court attendants.
It is beaded in red and blue for unity and diversity. It is balanced on the throne of authority. The scepter represents the oath of office. In Kom dialect, Afo-A-Kom means something that belongs to Kom. Afo-A-Kom is a symbol of continuity, solidarity and social stability; it is a symbol of love, hospitality and generosity; it is a symbol of unity, diversity and tolerance; and of justice and sovereignty.
Kom is traditionally divided into 43 villages. The villages make up the kingdom and compounds or homesteads make up the villages. The villages are grouped into traditional councils for administrative purposes with each village governed by a village Head appointed by the Fon. The origin of Kom is not known but according to oral tradition, Kom people came to settle in their present day location after being led by a track of a python.
Day 1: Arrival at the Douala international Airport, meet with our professional guide and driver then transfer to the hotel, a light briefing about tour dinner and overnight in Douala.
Day 2: Douala – Bamenda - Fundong. Pickup in the morning after breakfast and drive to Bamenda which is 365km. Arrive Bamenda and stopover for lunch. Continue to Fundong, arrive and check into the hotel have a rub down and have some city tours, return to hotel dinner and overnight in Fundong.
Day 3: Festivities. Drive to Laikom immediately after breakfast to part take in the traditional exhibitions, take pictures, and listen to the origin of the kom people. Continue to the evil forest and climb up the evil mountain where evil people were being ruled to dead. Return to Fundong in the evening and transfer to the hotel, dinner and overnight in Fundong.
Day 4: Festivities. Drive to the Palace in the morning after breakfast. Continue to take pictures of the traditional dances which did not display yesterday. Stopover for lunch, continue to the museum return to Fundong have dinner and overnight in Fundong.
Day 5: Departure day. Immediately after breakfast drive to Bamenda and continue to Douala. Arrive at about 4:00 pm and transfer to the Douala international airport for departure.
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