Cameroon

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INFORMATION

Capital: Yaoundé

Government: Unitary Dominant-Party Presidential Republic

Current President: Paul Biya

Economy:

  • Modest oil reserves and favorable agricultural conditions lend Cameroon one of the best-endowed primary commodity economies in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Commercial and economic leader in the sub-region.
  • Highly dependent on commodity exports.
  • Despite this, the economy in Cameroon suffers from economic mismanagement, pervasive corruption, and a challenging business environment (for local and foreign investors).

Population: 23,135,000 (2014)

Land Size: 475,442 sq km (183,568 sq miles)

Major Ethic Groups:

  • Cameroon Highlanders (Bamileke, Bamoun): 31%
  • Equatorial Bantu (Bassa, Douala): 19%
  • Kirdi: 11%
  • Fulani: 10%
  • Northwestern Bantu: 8%
  • Eastern Nigritic: 7%
  • Other African: 13%
  • Non-African: < 1%
Religions:

  • Indigenous beliefs: 40%
  • Christian: 40%
  • Muslim: 20%

Language(s):

  • Budu
  • Beti
  • Pidgin
  • English (official)
  • French (official)

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RECENT NEWS

  • Sat - Sep 23, 2017: English Speakers Protest in Cameroon, Demand Equal Rights Amid Calls for Secession - AllAfrica News: Cameroon
    [Deutsche Welle] The Anglophones in the predominently French-speaking country say they feel like second class citizens. Now some say equality isn't enough - they want independence.
  • Fri - Sep 22, 2017: Cameroon Uses Anti-Terror Law to Silence Critical Press - AllAfrica News: Cameroon
    [PR Newswire] New York -Cameroon's broadly worded anti-terror law is being used by authorities to arrest and threaten local journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists found in a report released today. The report, "Journalists Not Terrorists: In Cameroon, anti-terror legislation is used to silence critics and suppress dissent," finds that despite a presidential decree ending legal proceedings against at least four journalists, the law that was used against them is still in place as next year's elections approach.
  • Fri - Sep 22, 2017: Weightlifting - Tsinga Welcomes Weightlifters - AllAfrica News: Cameroon
    [Cameroon Tribune] The Cup of Cameroon tournament will take place at the esplanade of the Government High School Tsinga in Yaounde tomorrow. Organised by the Cameroon Weightlifting Federation the competition will bring together weightlifters from clubs across the country. Over 100 athletes are expected to take part in the competition.
  • Fri - Sep 22, 2017: Chess Game - Board Game Players Converge in Yaounde - AllAfrica News: Cameroon
    [Cameroon Tribune] The Cameroon Chess Game Federation (FECADE) will organise the 2017 edition of the Cup of Cameroon tomorrow September 23, 2017 at the Yaounde Conference Centre. The competition will bring together players, clubs and associations of chess game clubs from across the country.
  • Fri - Sep 22, 2017: MTN Elite One - Canon Relegated to Second Division - AllAfrica News: Cameroon
    [Cameroon Tribune] The Yaounde based club crashed before Feutcheu FC 2-1 yesterday during the 32nd day of play in Yaounde.