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Republic of Cameroon is a unitary republic of central and western Africa. It is bordered by Nigeria to the west; Chad to the northeast; the Central African Republic to the east; and Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, and the Republic of the Congo to the south. Cameroon's coastline lies on the Bight of Bonny, part of the Gulf of Guinea and the Atlantic Ocean. The country is called "Africa in miniature" for its geological and cultural diversity. Natural features include beaches, deserts, mountains, rainforests, and savannas. The highest point is Mount Cameroon in the southwest, and the largest cities are Douala, Yaoundé, and Garoua. Cameroon is home to over 200 different ethnic and linguistic groups. The country is well known for its native styles of music, particularly makossa and bikutsi, and for its successful national football team. English and French are the official languages. Early inhabitants of the territory included the Sao civilisation around Lake Chad and the Baka hunter-gatherers in the southeastern rainforest. Portuguese explorers reached the coast in the 15th century and named the area Rio dos Camarões , the name from which Cameroon derives. Fulani soldiers founded the Adamawa Emirate in the north in the 19th century, and various ethnic groups of the west and northwest established powerful chiefdoms and fondoms. Cameroon became a German colony in 1884. After World War I, the territory was divided between France and Britain as League of Nations mandates. The Union des Populations du Cameroun political party advocated independence but was outlawed in the 1950s. It waged war on French and Cameroonian forces until 1971. In 1960, French Cameroun became independent as the Republic of Cameroun under President Ahmadou Ahidjo. The southern part of British Cameroons merged with it in 1961 to form the Federal Republic of Cameroon. The country was renamed the United Republic of Cameroon in 1972 and the Republic of Cameroon in 1984. Compared to other African countries, Cameroon enjoys relatively high political and social stability. This has permitted the development of agriculture, roads, railways, and large petroleum and timber industries. Nevertheless, large numbers of Cameroonians live in poverty as subsistence farmers. Power lies firmly in the hands of the president, Paul Biya, and his Cameroon People's Democratic Movement party, and corruption is widespread. The Anglophone community has grown increasingly alienated from the government, and Anglophone politicians have called for greater decentralisation and even the secession of the former British-governed territories.

   
 
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Cuisine of Cameroon Most Varied in Africa - Yaounde
Cuisine of Cameroon Most Varied in Africa The cuisine of Cameroon is one of the most varied in Africa due to its location on the crossroads between the north, west, and centre of the continent; added to this is the profound influence of French food, a legacy of the colonial era. Staple foods in Cameroon include cassava, yam, rice, plantain, potato, maize, beans, and millet. The French introduced French bread and Italian pasta, which are not as widely consumed, however, due to their price. The soil of most of the country is very fertile and a wide variety of vegetables and fruits, both domestic and imported species, are grown. Common vegetables include tomatoes, bitterleaf, cassava leaves, okra, and garden egg. The main source of protein for most inhabi...

Cameroon : Traditions and Costums - Yaounde
Cameroon : Traditions and Costums Cameroon's ethnic diversity makes it a contry of rich and vibrant traditions exemplified through the variety of its folklore, its handicraft, its habitant and its life styles. Each region has a specific type of folklore as well as traditions around which the life of the contry and its inhabitants revolves. In the South, storytellers and epic poets animals 'Bafia, Bikutsi and Assiko ballet dances as wall as other dances that transport the visitor to a world of dream and ancestral myths. In the West, Bamileke dancers enchant the eyes with the thousant colours of their masks and costumes. Finally, the North is the frantic cavacades. Handicrafts can be found everywhere. They are the link between the traditions and moderni...

Cameroon : Local Transport - Yaounde
Cameroon : Local Transport Travelling within Cameroon can be done by air or by car. There are aiports in Bafoussam, Bamenda, Bertoua, Douala, Garoua, Maroua, Ngaoundéré and Yaoundé. More than 1,500 km, a railway line, the Transcamerounais runs across the contry from East to West and from Noth to South, it links Douala to Ngaoundere via Yaoundé, There is a regular minibus and bus service between the major urban centres. There are different types of taxis with varied fares as concerns movement in town. In village and urban centres, transportation is done by bush taxis. It is possible to rent cars with or without drivers.

Enjoy the Trekking on Mandara Mountains of Cameroon - Maroua
Enjoy the Trekking on Mandara Mountains of Cameroon Trekking in the spectacular landscapes of the Mandara Mountains west of Maroua is one of Cameroon's best and most popular attractions, especially for the more adventurous travelers. The whole region is full of traditional hillside villages of round huts, huge stone formations and wide green valleys. There are many fascinating villages, including Rhumsiki, with its striking mountain scenery; Djingliya and Koza, set against steep terraced hillsides; Tourou, known for the calabash hats worn by local women; Maga, with its unique domed houses made entirely of clay; and Mora, which has a particularly notable weekly market. Hiking between villages is one of the best ways to appreciate the scenery and culture alike.