Read the full article by the American Ethnology Society here.
From the article:
Bamenda is a kind of happiness hub, a Carrefour de la joie. There is a cult of orality that defines living in this place. So much of conviviality happens through the mouth. Life is in the palate. Living and living well happens through saliva. In Bamenda, people chop life. In fact, locals, also known as Abakwa people, hold that every great problem can always be sorted through an “arrangement,” which can also not happen without chopping.
Reference: Fuh, D. 2020. "Smiling Behind the Mask". American Ethnology Society.