First inhabited by the mysterious Pygmies, and then the Bantu and Sudanic peoples, Cameroon would eventually become an infamous source of slaves for Muslim and European traders.
Missionaries arrived in the mid-19th century, and the land was subsequently colonized by Germany who set their sights on improving the colony’s foundation – albeit with a harsh system of forced labor.
In the early 1900’s (during World War I), it was invaded by both Britain and France, and later divided between the two countries.
French Cameroun, as it was called, integrated their culture with the present economy, and advanced the country’s infrastructure in much of the same way as the Germans had done previously; however, Britain governed their portion from Nigeria, which caused natives to feel neglected.
Cameroon first flirted with independence in 1960, but then a long series of internal political juggling between north and south, and the bloody coups of the 1980s delayed that process until the 1990s.
Amidst the political turmoil, a natural disaster occurred on August 15, 1984, as Lake Monoun exploded in a limnic eruption, and released carbon dioxide into the air. A larger eruption at Lake Nyos in 1986 killed upwards of 1,800 citizens and 3,500 livestock; both disasters are the only two ever recorded of their kind.
Presently, Cameroon still struggles to achieve peace within its boundaries, and unrest amongst its citizens continue to persist.
Paul Biya was born Paul Barthélemy Biya’a bi Mvondo, 13 February 1933. He is a Cameroonian politician who has been the President of Cameroon since 6 November 1982. A native of Cameroon’s south, Biya rose rapidly as a bureaucrat under President Ahmadou Ahidjo in the 1960s, serving as Secretary-General of the Presidency from 1968 to 1975 and then as Prime Minister of Cameroon from 1975 to 1982. He succeeded Ahidjo as President upon the latter’s surprise resignation in 1982 and consolidated power in a 1983–1984 power struggle with his predecessor.
A union strike in Douala in February 2008 culminated into violent protests, becoming the worst act of violence the country had seen in 15 years – in spite of the incessant tension mounting over decades past.
Cameroon is ethnically diverse with over 225 individual groups. The local economy is driven by foreign aid, a wide variety of agricultural ventures and oil and timber production.
Tourism is limited, but those who venture here enjoy the beach areas near Kribi, the interesting capital city of Yaoundé, and the abundant wildlife of the national parks, especially the elephants found in Waza National Park.
Edea is one of the city found in Littoral, Cameroon. It is located 3.80 latitude and 10.13 longitude and it is situated at elevation 27 meters above sea level.
Edea has a population of 203,149 making it the 2nd biggest city in Littoral. It operates on the WAT time zone, which means that it follows the same time zone as Douala. Edea power supply is primarily from waterfall generation similar to that of Idaho power company.