Cameroon is a country in West Africa located in “the hinge of Africa”, on the Atlantic coast, next to Nigeria. It is often referred to as Africa in Miniature, because of its huge diversity in relief and culture. The relief ranges from beaches and rainforests to deserts and mountains. Cameroon is remarkably diverse in its culture as well. The population is about evenly divided between urban and rural dwellers. Cameroon is slightly larger than California and has a population of over 20 million.
Cameroon is a bilingual country with 80% speaking French and 20% English. English is spoken in the Northwest and Southwest Regions as is Pidgin English – a mixture of German, English, French and tribal dialects. There are also over 250 tribal languages. BA Cameroon is located in the Southwest region so English is the predominate language.
Climate: BA Cameroon is located in Buea in the Southwest Region. The town is located at the base of Mount Cameroon so Buea tends to be cooler than most of Cameroon. We experience rainy season from June to September so those may not be the best months to visit.
The territory of the Cameroon prior to 1884 was populated by various indigenous African ethnic groups and was organized into empires and kingdoms. It became a German colony in 1884 and was divided between France and England after WWI. In 1960 the northern French portion won it’s independence from France and in 1961 the southern British portion merged with it. It is now called the Republic of Cameroon. There is a tension between the French and English regions.
Religious practice includes Christian Protestants and Catholics, Muslims, Pagan and Animists. Both polygamy and monogamy are practiced in Cameroon. There are a variety of native indigenous cultural religious practices, which include witchcraft in some.