Faculty & Staff

Program Director

Nicholas Hockin

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

Professor Nicholas Hockin, ethnomusicologist, has been Director of the Arts Apprenticeship program since 2007, and director of the Globalization and Sustainable Development in Cameroon program since its inception in Fall 2017. His research in West Africa 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 17 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 and Central Africa today. Professor Hockin’s current work in Cameroon includes researching the musical practices of the royal court of the Bamoun people of Foumban, collaborating on the creation of the Conservatoire Royale des Arts Bamoun, and co-authoring an article on visual symbolism and cultural heritage in the biennial Nguon festival.

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