By Beltha Mokube – Friday July 5, 2019.
Kingmakers in Bessi-Awum, a village settlement in Batibo Sub-Division, Momo Division in Cameroon’s North West Region have named a successor to the thrown after their ruler died last Monday June 22, 2019.
According to tradition, each time a ruler dies, he’s buried same day and declared missing a week after, during which a successor is named. HRH Forkum Richardson II of Bessi-Awum was more than a hundred years old before his death.
Reports say he has been on the Bessi-Awum Throne for 82 years. The ruler had over 20 wives and 150 children, according to palace sources. Though with over 20 wives, he leaves behind (150) grandchildren to mourn him.
Forkum II reports say lost his son whom many had seen as the heir to the throne. Dan Njeck Mbah was shot, May 31, 2018 on the horse in Bessi and dumped in a cliff at Tiben, near Widikum by elements of the Cameroon military.
The kingmakers on Wednesday July 3, 2019, named Mbah Wilfred Ndam, an elder of the Presbyterian Church in Batibo as new successor with investiture billed for Wednesday July 10, 2019, National Telegraph has been told.