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British Cameroons: A Movement Develops

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This chapter follows the successful Ugandan teacher, Enoch Olinga, to the British Cameroons, as the first Baha'i pioneer to establish himself in that country. It was his continuous successes that created the largest Baha'i communities in West Africa. This chapter looks at the growth of the Baha'i religion in the British Cameroons, especially within the Basel Mission. It asks what the secrets of its success were, and looks briefly at ways in which the religion was 'Africanized' in this Cameroonian context. It also looks at evidence of the Basel Mission's response to these developments, which was surprisingly mild. The Banyangi homeland lies well north of the coast of Cameroon, in the central area of the basin of the upper Cross River, but still within the forest region. Tröster's article provides still more information and insight into the history of the spread of the Baha'i faith in Mamfe.

Keywords:Baha'i; Banyangi; Basel Mission's; British Cameroons; Enoch Olinga; Mamfe; Tröster's; West Africa

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