IndexAfricaCameroon → Nso’


Featured: (Nso’, Beti / Eton, Maka, Etap, Pangwe / Fan, Baifa / Banen, Fali, Mouktélé, Bangwa, Bali




A woman is regarded sexually mature after menarche, but a usual delay of two to three years until marriage is customary (Paul, 1996:p43)[1]. “Pre-puberty marriages for girls were common, but when such did take place, the future husband was regarded as a liiwan or guardian of the child until maturity when the girl was taken back to her parents who then formally handed her back as a jin (bride) to the husband. Until this was done, the marriage could not be consummated even when all outstanding premarital issues had been settled and all obligations discharged”.










Janssen, D. F., Growing Up Sexually. VolumeI. World Reference Atlas. 0.2 ed. 2004. Berlin: Magnus Hirschfeld Archive for Sexology

Last revised: Sept 2004


[1] Paul, M. N. (1996) Rituals of Initiation in the Western Grassfields of Cameroon: The Nso’ Case. Bamenda: Kaberry Research Centre