Request for a Sister City

 

 

 

Name of Your Community: Bamenda City Council

 

State/Province/Prefecture: Mezam Division, North West Region

 

Country: Cameroon

 

Population: 500,000

 

Desired Country/Region for Sister City: USA, UK, FRANCE, GERMANY, THE NEATHERLANDS, SOUTH KOREA, CHINA, JAPAN

 

Brief Geographical Description of Your Community: Bamenda, also known as Abakwa and Mankon, is located in north-western Cameroon and is the capital of the North West Region. The city has an estimated 500,000 inhabitants and is situated 366km north-west of the Cameroonian capital, Yaounde. Bamenda is known for its cool climate and scenic hilly location. Bamenda is all about a city and a people whose commitment to self-reliance sets the pace in individual and collective development. Metropolitan Bamenda doubles as the capital of the North West Region and Mezam Division. This cosmopolitan city is expectant of a fresh push in development since the Presidential decree of 17th January 2008 dissolved its urban status and created Bamenda I, Bamenda II, Bamenda III Councils and the City Council.

 

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Provide Details:As a Regional capital, the city, also an administrative commune, has numerous financial institutions, woodcarvings, bronze statues, local artworks and common craftworks, a wide variety of local baskets and beads, markets, and offices. Bamenda is also about people known to be poor yet proud and self-satisfied, with few government enterprises to absorb the unemployed. Hawking is a major business activity with several roadside and makeshift shops to show. The main industries are the processing of agricultural produce such as coffee as well as that of pasture products.

The Bamenda Prescraft and Handicraft shops display specimens of fine handicraft works. In Bamenda, there are cultural sites such as the Mankon Fon's Palace with its newly constructed museum, and the Bali Fon's palace with its ancient architectural structures. The mountainous terrain around the city affords scenic views such as that from the Sabga Hill over the Ndop plain.

Your Community Information:

 

Local Cultural and Educational Facilities:As the Regional capital of the North West Region, Bamenda is the melting pot of cultural groups from across the Region and beyond. Some of the streets are named after major tribal groups that inhabit the city, groups that provide diverse cultural animation through their associations and meetings. Community libraries, youth cultural centres, sports academy, museums, handicraft centres, royal palaces, ancient architectural structures make for a very friendly cultural atmosphere. With free public primary education, there is virtually a primary school in every backyard, and the best of secondary education is offered by religious bodies. Two State universities have their antennas located around Bamenda and private initiative makes for 90% of the over 15 post-secondary tertiary educational facilities, with a bias for technology, vocational training, and mechanised agriculture.

If Applicable, Special Historical Background:In origin, the city is an amalgamation of three villages - Mankon, Mendakwe and Nkwen. The first was named after the Mankon people, an alliance of five ethnic groups, which founded a chieftaincy (a Fon) known as the Mankon Fon. Metropolitan Bamenda today constitutes the seven villages of Mankon, Nkwen, Mendankwe, Mbatu, Chomba, Njah and Nsongwa.

Bamenda's principal ethnic group is the Tikar. In the past, the Tikar faced invasions from peoples in the surrounding hills, and between 1700 and 1800, they joined a confederation established by the Mbum for defence purposes.

Bamenda was subjected to German colonialism in the late 19th century and evidence of Germany's former occupation of Bamenda can still be seen today in structures such as the Fort at the Bamenda station. After the defeat of the Germans in World War I (1914-1918) the League of Nations shared German colonial territories among victorious nations. Western Cameroon was administered jointly with Nigeria under the protectorate of the British until 1961 when following a plebiscite it attained independence by joining then the already independent République du Cameroun.

Today, many of the city's inhabitants are English-speaking, and Cameroonian Pidgin English is the lingua franca in the shops and on the streets of Bamenda.

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Desired Characteristics of a Sister City: Ready to collaborate for economic partnership and development.

 

List of Existing Sister Cities: (Holland)

 

What Kind of Sister City Activities do you Envision?

 

 


 

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In you community, is there an official sister city group that is recognised by your local government?   Yes [ * ]   No [  ] 

 

Is this request supported by your local sister city organisation?   Yes [*  ]   No [  ]

 

Does your local government support this request?   Yes [ * ]   No [  ]

 

 

Contact Information:

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Name: Waindim Jude Nsom   Title: CPRO

 

Department/Committee: Communications, Public Relations & International Cooperation

 

Company/Organization: Bamenda City Council

 

Address: P.O. Box 495, Bamenda

 

City: Bamenda, North West Region   State: Republic of Cameroon

 

Zip/Postal Code: 00237   Country: Cameroon

 

Telephone (with country code): +237-7774-6417 Fax: +237-3336-1267

 

E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Community Web site: www.bamendacity.com

 

 

 

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