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Bafoussam

Administration
Full nameBafoussam
Official nameBafoussam
CountryCameroon
ProvinceWest
DepartmentMifi
Geography
Elevation4990.2 ft (1521 m)
Demography
Total Population239287 (2005)

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Bafoussam is the capital of the West Province of Cameroon, in the Bamboutos Mountains. It is the prefecture of the Mifi department, one of three arrondissements in the department. The city had a population of 239,287 inhabitants (at the 2005 Census). The city is the region's center of trade. People are farming coffee, tobacco and tea. The city has also a coffee processing facility and brewery. It is the main city of the Bamiléké people and is home to a chief's palace. The city of Bafoussam has grown to now include the three traditional "chefferies" of Baleng, Fusap and Bamougoum. The main neighborhoods of the city are Banego, Djeleng, Famla, Kamkop, Quartier Eveché, Quartier Haussa and Tamdja.

Bafoussam has two main markets (Marché A and Marché B), several internet cafes, restaurants and supermarkets and a movie theater. Most of Bafoussam nightlife centers on the area called Akwa (so-named in honor of the neighborhood in Douala). Akwa features several bars, stores, and a live music venue, along with customary vendors of soya (grilled meat brochettes), poisson braisé (grilled fish) and other foods.

This is the birthplace of footballer Geremi and his 17 brothers and sisters, as well as the birthplace of his cousin Pierre Achille Webo.




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