Who We Are
The BAKUNDU CULTURAL AND DEVELOPMENT UNION abbreviated as BACDU is a socio-cultural economic development non-governmental organization that was created in 1974. Its headquarters is in Kake Bongwana also known as Kake I. BACDU was formed to replace the defunct BAKUNDU UNION/BAKUNDU CULTURAL AND DEVELOPMENT MEETING an organization that existed during the pre-colonial and colonial era for the same people and with similar objectives.
The Bakundu people are one of those ethnic groups who owe their origin to the great ancestor Ngoe (father) and Sumediang (mother). The lineage extends to most of Mungo division in the Littoral Province. Other people sharing the same ancestry are: Aboh, Bafaw, Balong, Bakossi, Balondo, Bakem, Baneka, Muamenam, Mwangel, Mbo and Miamilo.
Ngoe is said to have lived around the Muaneguba lakes and his descendants migrated from there to the various areas occupied today. Mukundu 1, the fifth son of Ngoe’s seven sons migrated and settled around the Ngolo area in a village called Boama near the Ndian river. Settling in this area, Mukundu 1 had a number of sons: Ngoe, whom he named after his father, Mukundu II, whom he named after himself, Balue, Batanga, Ngolo, Mbonge etc. These children also migrated and settled in different areas.
Mukundu II left and settled in Itoki where he too had his own children. The most prominent of these children is Mbakwa. Present day Bakundus are all descendants of Mukundu II. They occupy a total of thirty-six villages in the north, south and west of Kumba. The largest of such villages are Mbakwa Supe and Banga Bakundu with over 3,500 indigenes.
What We Do
Symbolism of the BACDU Logo
- The BACDU Logo has two circles in which the name of the union is written in full as follows: BAKUNDU CULTURAL AND DEVELOPMENT UNION on the upper side and the abbreviation BACDU follows.
- At the Centre of the circle is the NYAMA weed ( Irish Spring ) and PEMBE ( white clay ). These are the major symbols of Peace and Unity for the BAKUNDU PEOPLE.
- The other items at the Centre of the circle are a small drum, two traditional brooms and a pair of traditional gongs. The drum and gongs are rallying instruments while the broom symbolizes Unity. This is because many broom sticks are difficult to break while it is easier to break a single stick.
- At the bottom, is the inscription KUNDU CHA BAKUNDU (which could be translated as “THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE BAKUNDU PEOPLE” ). The white chalk or clay ( Pembe ), is a sign of Fertility.