The Virtual Institute of Mambila Studies

The Virtual Institute of Mambila Studies seeks to collate and connect the different research and researchers with an interest in the Mambila people of the Nigeria - Cameroon borderland and their neighbours; their languages and the area in which they live. We take a broad view of Mambila, including other groups speaking related languages such as Kwanja, Vute, Wawa, Nizaa, Njerep (3 speakers at last count!) Twendi (35 speakers), Tep, and others. Our research is primarily of an anthropological and linguistic nature; abstracts or full texts of papers are available at the site. The currently available work includes reports on Zeitlyn's research on kinship and language and his annotated version of Meek's early ethnological work in the region, and Connell's comparative linguistic research and work on tone realization in Mambila, as well as a full bibliography of anthropological, linguistic, and related research on Mambila. VIMS was established by David Zeitlyn (anthropology) and Bruce Connell (linguistics). We would welcome your comments addresses below.

The following inline image acts as a link to photographs of the "Physical Institute of Mambila Studies" in Somié, Cameroon which has been the base for much of this research.


Pages of historical documents captured as jpeg image files

Notes and images from essays written by Mambila geography students in Mubi in the 1970s

Starting Jan 2006: Documentation of endangered languages and cultures in the Nigeria-Cameroon borderland


A diary written during fieldwork in late 2003-early 2004

2003/4 Evans Pritchard Lectures

In autumn 2003 David Zeitlyn gave the 2003/4 Evans Pritchard Lectures, All Souls College, Oxford: Sample of One: The life of Diko Madeleine and the History of Somié in the Twentieth Century
site under construction

Other researchers known to be working on Mambila and related groups

Research projects currently underway

Other material on Mambila

Data on Mambila can be found at the following locations:

Other related material


Send EMail to Bruce Connell.

To Email David Zeitlyn d.zeitlyn@ukc.ac.uk

More information about David Zeitlyn,

Bibliography of David Zeitlyn

Reader in Social Anthroplogy, 
Centre for Social Anthropology and Computing, 
Department of Anthropology, 
Eliot College, The University of Kent, 
Canterbury, CT2 7NS, UK. 
Tel. (44) 1227 764000 -Extn 3360 (or 823360 direct) 
Fax (44) 1227 827289

Created July 1995, last modified 18 August 2006


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Link to Alice Zeitlyn's 1988 thesis "MATURE STUDENTS in HIGHER EDUCATION: the Career of a Cohort of Mature Students in a Public Sector Institution."