Faculty & Staff

Program Director

Nicholas Hockin – Director, Arts Apprenticeship in Cameroon

  • Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology, Carleton College
  • PhD Candidate (Ethnomusicology); MA Music (Ethnomusicology), Wesleyan University; BFA Music (Performance), York University (Toronto)

Professor Hockin has been directing the Arts in Cameroon program since 2007. He is an ethnomusicologist completing his doctoral degree at Wesleyan University. The working title of his dissertation is “Drumming Modernity: The Rise of the Djembe in Bamako, Mali.” In addition to an active career as a percussionist in various jazz, pop and world music ensembles (South Africa, Brazil, Indonesia, Cuba, West Africa), and as creative collaborator in modern dance and theatre projects in his home city of Toronto, Nick has extensive experience teaching Malian and Guinean djembe and dunun repertoire and Senegambian kuotiro, as well as some Shona mbira music from Zimbabwe.

Professor Hockin’s research in West African music has focused on the Mande cultural region of Mali and Guinea since 1999. His experience as a student and performer of Mande music provides the practical grounding for his theoretical work on indigenous, local engagement with tradition and modernity in an increasingly globalized world. Over the last 16 years he has developed an extensive international network of contacts, including visual and performing artists and artisans who personify the unique bridging of historical and contemporary cultural elements so prevalent in urban West Africa today.

Buea Arts Mentors and Guest Lecturers

  • Masango Sone: logistics coordinator, guest lecturer, director of Green Cameroon
  • Max Lyonga: painter
  • Mosaso Gilbert: musical director, University of Buea (UB) choir
  • Teke Nelson Tetuh: dance instructor, UB
  • Anurin Nwunembom: artistic director, Artcity short film festival
  • Harouna Ismaila: fashion design, tailor
  • Kingé: natural fibers, jewelry
  • Sally Enanga: President of Cha Cha Ndolo, Bakweri Folkoric Dance and Music Troupe
  • Ngo Grace Ewang: Regional Delegate of Arts and Culture, Buea
  • Dr. Alembong Nol: Dean of the Faculty of Arts, University of Buea (UB)
  • Dr. Agborbechem Peter Tambi: senior lecturer in the Faculty of Education, UB
  • Dr. Christine Abonge: Head of Women’s and Gender Studies Department, UB
  • Dr. Ekoka Andrew Molindo: lecturer in the Faculty of Education, UB
  • Ngwa Marcus Suh: Acting Head of Industrial Design, UB
  • Sadjo Amoah: Deputy Director, Buea Regional Linguistic Centre
  • Nicolas Cartron: Head of Français Langue Etrangère (FLE), UB

Foumban Arts Mentors and Guest Lecturers:

  • André Njoya: Directeur adjoint, Institut des Beaux Arts de Foumban (IBAF)
  • Idrissou Njoya: Chef de département des arts décoratifs, IBAF
  • Edgard Fortuné Bengono: Chef de département des arts plastiques et histoire de l’art, IBAF
  • Ruth Afané Belinga: département des arts plastiques et histoire de l’art, IBAF
  • Mirelle Arétouyap: département des arts du spectacle, IBAF
  • Nadine Epoh Youfedi: Directrice administration et finances, IBAF
  • Chikou Bengono: fashion design, tailor
  • Nji Oumarou Nchare: Directeur des affaires culturelles, palais des rois Bamoun
  • Prince Mfouapon Yaya: Directeur, Ensemble Artistique Royal de Foumban
  • El Kabir Nchankou: Chef choreographe/danseur, les Ballets Traditionels Bamoun