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Pinyin People

Updated on November 30, 2013
Pinyin People
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The Pinyin people are known also as the Bapinyi. They are the people I will share for the letter P of my A to Z African People Series.

One day I will be blessed by playing, helping and sharing my love in real person with my lovely African people. Help me pray for this desire; may God open and close doors by His Divine will.

I need to clarify, before I begin my formal presentation of the Pinyin people, that the name 'Pinyin' is also used as a system to learn Chinese easier.

Who are the Pinyin people?

The Pinyin are part of the over 250 ethnic groups living in Cameroon, Africa. They are part of the Bantu, Cameroon-Bamileke people cluster; with a population of nearly 35,000 people.

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Where are the Pinyin people located?

The Pinyin people are located in the Northwest, one of the ten districts or provinces from Cameroon, Africa. They are settled in the Southwest of Bamenda commune in Mezam Department. They are part of the Santa sub-division, in a village known with their same name 'Pinyin'.

Pinyin location
Pinyin location

How do the Pinyin people live?

The Pinyin people have Quarter Chiefs (3 chiefs, handling minor problems) with a central Paramount Chief (the overseer, consulted for intervention of gravity needs). Each village has their own local market day.

Pinyin Words of Life
Pinyin Words of Life

How do the Pinyin people communicate?

The Pinyinians communicate with their language called the same way as their name "Pinyin" (pny). It is a Ngemba language.

How do the Pinyin people survive?

The Pinyin people are mainly farmers. Their farms,mostly located at the foot of the mountains on plains and in valleys, while the gardens are in swampy areas where they grow corn, Irish potatoes, lettuce, cabbages, avocados, carrots and other vegetables. With their fine farming they contribute significantly in feeding the Nation of Cameroon as well as, exporting their products to near countries.

Pinyin Farms

Pinyin, Cameroon, Africa
Pinyin, Cameroon, Africa

What characteristics define the Pinyin people?

The Pinyinians have 8 days of the week. The 'Country Sunday' which comes before the local market day and it is to be respected by all means.

They have several sayings as:

It is better to be a victim of injustice than to be unjust yourself.

Lying will get you a wife, but it won't keep her.

The darkness of night cannot stop the light of morning.

My appreciation

This was another hub of the series of African people from A to Z that took a lot of time trying to answer the outline questions. When I finished, the exhaustion left me enthusiastic of wanting to meet them in person.

There is a need of working with the translation of their language. They are still pure without being so affected by modernization, I question if it will really benefit them. They do need help translating the Bible, as for this I am raising a plea of help.

I hope you learned something in this hub of another wonderful people from Africa, the Pinyin. Blessings to all!

© Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill

© 2013 Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill


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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 4 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      GLADYS MBUYA sorry for the delay...hope one day I have the blessing of sharing within the village and walking side by side with my African brothers and sisters.

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 4 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      JustHowitSounds30 thanks for stopping by. Africa has such a diverse culture, that seems to never end. They do need help translating the Bible to their own Pinyin language. In case you will like to help I did linked:

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      Nathan Sickman 4 years ago from Ohio

      All of the overt proselytizing aside (I question how much they "need help" in translating the Bible), I think this is a good start to understanding a very specific group of the most diverse, complex and little-studied continent among us.


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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 4 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      Thanks to both of you for lifting me up when I am down. This is letter P, let me see where the letter Q takes me.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very interesting, Maria! I love this series and hope that you continue it.

      Blessings always,


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      Greg Boudonck 4 years ago from Returned to an Isla Del Sol - Puerto Rico Will Rise Strong

      Another African hub honey. Great job again. Voting up all the way.