Nkongsamba is a city in western Cameroon. It is located in the Moungo department, which is in the Littoral region. The city had a population of 104,050 inhabitants at the 2005 Census. The city is a centre of farming of Palm oils, Bananas and Coffee, and is situated between two mountains, the Manengouba Massif (2,396m) and Mount Nlonako. The centre point is called "Ville", which is the same as downtown. The places away from Ville or downtown are measured in "Kilo", for kilometer. Mbo (Manenguba) is one of the languages used locally: in the district around, such languages as Kaa and Baneka are used, both reportedly somewhat like Mbo.
About 10 Kilo, or 10 km from Ville or downtown is Baré village, it is a place where market is set up. Every Thursday, farmers from different places gather to sell their goods.
You can even reach Baré through the highway without turning right for Ville.
Nkongsamba was the terminus of the 172 km western railway line from Douala. Completed by German colonists in 1911, the railway line played a critical economic role in facilitating the shipment of agricultural commodities, especially coffee, to the port of Douala. Nkongsamba slid into economic decline with the closure of the last 50 km segment of the line from Mbanga. The town's charming art deco railway station remains but has been converted to housing. The city also has an abandoned airstrip.
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