Created shortly after the Second World War, precisely in 1946, the Bakweri Land Committee (BLC), which is now officially referred to as the Bakweri Land Claims Committee (BLCC), has been at the forefront of the Bakweri campaign for compensation for, and restitution of, their lands initially expropriated by the Germans at the end of the 19th Century, and taken over by the Government of Cameroon, immediately after the reunification of British and French Cameroons in 1961.
Since its creation, the BLCC has undergone numerous transformations, with virtually all the members of the original land Committee having passed on. The last of these was the venerated land activist Chief Phillip Mofema Ewusi, President of the BLCC in its 1990s incarnation, who, unfortunately, passed away in November 1999, just as the BLCC struggle was entering its most critical stage since the the Cameroon reunification.
Today, the BLCC's membership and leadership cuts across numerous generations of Bakweri, both at home and in the Diaspora, who are determined to keep the issue alive for as long as it takes the Cameroon government to finally concede that the people of Fako division do, in fact, have a legitimate claim to the lands under the control of the Cameroon Development Corporation (CDC), which the government has so far failed to fully privatize as a result of the unresolved land dispute.
The BLCC is controled by a Board of Trustees elected in 2000. The Board is headed by:
- A President - Chief Peter Moky Efange of Wonganga, Small Soppo
- Four Vice Presidents
Chief David Ikome Molinge of Muea
Chief Lobe Njembele of Missellele
Chief Samuel Ekum of Bimbia
Chief Mokoko of Bibundi
- A Secretary General - Mola Njoh Litumbe
- Four Assistant Secretaries
Mola John Mokako Endeley
Mola Smith Molua Becke
Mola Mokako Elali
Dr. Gladys Martin
- A Communications Department
- And a host of legal, Technical, Diaspora and other advisers
- Ex Officio members include former and current MPS and all Fako Chiefs who constitute the Chiefs Advisory council.
The BLCC also has a branch in the United States, the BAkweri Land Claims Committee in the United States of America - BLCC-USA.