Did you know: Cameroon?

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  • Cameroon is the first African country to reach the quarter-final in soccer world cup.
  • There are a star and three colours on the country’s flag; green for vegetation, red for independence and yellow for sunshine.
  • The name of it in Portuguese means River of Pawn, given by Portuguese explorers in the 15th century.
  • Doula is the largest city in Cameroon, which is the center of the major port and airport of the country. It was founded in the 15th century. Today it has a population of about 2 million.
  • Cameroon has 7 national parks and Waza National Park is its most famous one with numerous elephants, lion, giraffe, antelope and birdlife and has some of the richest flora and fauna found in Africa.
  • CFA Franc is the currency used in the country, where CFA stands for Communaute Financiere Africaine. One CFA Franc is further subdivided in to 100 centimes.
  • This nation received its independence from French and English colonies on October 1, 1960.
  • Cameroon is famous for producing coffee, cocoa, cotton, bananas and oilseeds.
  • Oil extraction  and cultivation of cocoa, are the key sectors of the economy.
  • One third of population lives below the poverty line.

          LANGUAGE FACTS

    • Beside the official languages as French and English, it also has other native African languages. It is home to 230 other languages as well.

      GEOGRAPHICAL FACTS

      • Mount Cameroon is the highest mountain in West Africa. It’s an active volcano that stands over 4095 meter

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      • This land is one of the wettest places in the world with 1028 cm rainfall per year.
      • Cameroon is located in  a tropical region with the terrain consisting of flat plains, mountains and coastal plain.
      • Cameroon has soil rich of minerals and enriched by natural Resources like oil, timber, hydroelectric power,natural gas, cobalt, nickel, iron ore and uranium.

        CULTURAL FACTS

        • Traditional religions like Christianity and Islam are practised by most of the people of Cameroon.
        • Cameroonian culture is greatly influenced by Music and dance. Makossa and bikutsi are two from mainly depicted in the culture.
        • The Beti are best-known for bikutsi music, which has gain immense popularity and has become a rival for the more urban and accessible makossa of Douala.
        • The famous and the national dance of Cameroon-The Oku Juju Dance Yaounde or Subi Yaounde. They are both tried to maintain the originality but as well changed to march the modern time.
        • There is an interesting fact that if you are invited to a Cameroonian’s home, it would be nice to bring fruit, whiskey, or wine to the host.
        • Masks of people there carrying different messages are a very important part of their culture.
        • You will be surprise by how the little country is able to provide the great cultural, ethnic and geographic diversity and horizons.
        • Visitors come to see hippos in Benoue National Park and forest deer called bongos, which have white stripes to help them evade hunters.

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