When the Kom people left Babessi and were led by a python to where they are now, the land was not empty. In the land were the Mendankwe people, Nkwen people, Mujang people, Bum and the Babanki people. The first three groups did not want any trouble with the Kom people, so they walked out of the land in peace. The Fon of Kom each year will have to pay tributes to the Fon of Bum and the Fon of Babanki. After so many battles the Fon of Kom whom many say was Fon Yuh called a conference at Laikom. He invited the Fon of Bum and the Fon of Babanki for peace talks. The conference ground is call Itimekain. Both Fons honored the invitation and came with their delegations.
On the first day of the meeting the delegates said that since it is the fon of Kom who called the meeting it is important that the first place be given to him to speak or to address the conference. The fon of Kom took a whole day to talk. We do not know how long the meeting was but the fact is that after he spoke the meeting was tabled for the next day. This first day of the conference became known as (ITUK KOM).
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.
Kom Brief History: Oral traditions have been the unique source of Kom early history. Their traditions of settlement linked them with the so-called Tikar of the central Grassfields who migrated from the Upper Mbam river and its tributaries. The Grassfields which extend from the highlands of the North-Western to the Western regions of the country Cameroon, were for centuries, a 'scene of movement of small groups of peoples and the diffusion of institutions and material culture.
Kom language is slowly coming of age as an institution in academia. Woynkom, itoŋt(ɨ) iyemi sɨ zɨ (or Mà wèyn toŋtɨ). Children of Kom, greetings to you. Ma chi meyn ila’ i Kom a fèyn beŋsɨ tâyn gvi wi a nchɨyntɨ Kom. I have lived in this Kom land for 5 years without coming to Kom meetings. Iwo na yèynì bem nô bɨ. This situation is not good at all. Fɨbùyn fɨ bu timi fvɨ abû’ ni gvi mô abû’ a ŋweyna. A squirrel has never forgotten the way back to its hole.
Location:Lat 6° 7', 6° 24' N | Long 10° 41',10° 31' E.
Surface Area: 1592^2km or 615^2mi.
Population: 233.000 inhabitants.
Villages: 44 Villages @ 4000-5000 citizens each.
History: Settled here in the mid-18th century.
Govt: Traditional with the Fon as CEO.
Religions: Animism, Christianity , Islam.
Economy: Cash crops - coffee, kola-nuts.
Subsistence: corn, pumpkins, yams, vegetables, etc.
Eco-Tourism: Largest montane rain-forest in West Africa.
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