Kumba is a city in Southwest Region, Western
Cameroon also known as K
Kumba has an estimated population of about 400.000 inhabitants
with about ¾ of this population falling within the youthful age
group. The increase in population is as a result of increase in birth
rate and a fall in infant mortality rate as a result of improvement in
Infant health care and migrations (Rural – Urban). The N8 and N16
highways meet at Kumba.
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The city is a trade centre for Cocoa and Palm Oil, including Rubber
and has a timber industry as well.
Kumba is a local road junction,
making it the main commercial town in anglophone Cameroon. Trading in
Kumba has attracted the interest of foreigners, mostly [Nigerians]
(The Igbos), who have always controlled a greater percentage of the
Kumba main market. (culled from a personal survey, January
2011).Controlled by the
Kumba city Council it is the most income
generating source of the council. Most of the people in
farmers ad this has made
Kumba one of the leading towns in Cameroon
that provide food stuff to its neighbouring towns and cities not
leaving out some neighbouring countries like Nigeria, Equatorial
Guinea, Gabon, Tchad and a good number of African Countries.
Although it is the largest city in the southwest province of Cameroon,
it is not the provincial capital; which is located in Buea, the former
German colonial capital. Because of its size, most major roads to the
provincial interior radiate from Kumba, running to the Nigerian border
at Mamfe, the
Korup National Park
Korup National Park at Mundemba, and
Mount Koupe to the
east. The premier geographical attraction in
Kumba is lake Barombi
Mbo, the largest volcanic lake in Cameroon's volcanic chain.
Kumba is the terminus of a branch railway of the western system of
Kumba has three major motor parks; one situated at
in Barombi kang, the second is at Fiango(three corners), and the third
is at Mbonge road(Mile one)
Kumba is the headquarter of Meme division of the Southwest Region. It
has three sub-divisional councils;
Kumba Town-Kake, a part of
Kumba 2(Kosala, Hausa-quarters and Fiango) and
corners, Mambanda and a part of Buea-road) with three local mayors.
The town also run by a government appointed Senior Divisional
Officer(SDO) and a government Delegate.
Most people in
Kumba speak English,
Pidgin and to a small extend
French and at least one of a variety of indigenous languages, most
dominantly Bafaw, Bakundu, Bakossi and Mbonge.
The indigenes of
Kumba are the Bafaw and the Bakundus. Bafaw is an
ethnic group who speak Lifaw, a language similar to Duala, and the
Bakundu ethnic group who speak the Bakundu language(Orocko language),
Mboh, Bakundu Language and Bakossi, and certainly Southern Bantoid.
Bafaw people are ruled by their Paramount chief HRH Fon Victor
Esemisongo Mukete who is the current chairman of Camtel, Cameroon's
own Telecommunication company and the current CEO of Mukete
Plantations Limited, a family heirloom and plantation measuring over
200 square kilometers in different localities in Meme division. The
Bakundu people are ruled by their paramount chief Tata Itoe Benjamin
Motanga who is currently the board chairman of the most renowned
Cameroon Development Corporation(CDC). Due to its cosmopolitan nature,
the Bafaw and the Bakundu now form just a percentage of the general
population of the city, and have lost many aspects of their culture,
except for their language which is spoken mostly by the elderly and
some of the younger generation.
Kumba is the birthplace of French international rugby union player
Serge Betsen and footballer Eyong Enoh.
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Coordinates: 4°38′N 9°27′E / 4.633°N 9.450°E