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Atlantika Mountains

The Atlantika Mountains are an extension of the Cameroon line of volcanic mountains, spanning the border between Nigeria and Cameroon. They lie to the southeast of Yola, the capital of Adamawa State in Nigeria, and southwest of the Mandara mountains. In Cameroon, they are part of the North Region. They are north of the Adamawa Plateau and west of the Faro National Park in Cameroon.[1] The massif rises to about 1,300 metres (4,300 ft) above the Faro River, a tributary of the Benue River.[2] The range includes a belt of volcanoes, most of which are inactive.[3]

The line of mountains of which the Atlantika range is a part were taken as a natural boundary between Nigeria and Cameroon by the colonial powers.[4] The Koma people took refuge in the mountains in the last half of the 19th century, apparently to avoid paying taxes to the colonial government. They remained unnoticed until 1980, when they were found by an Indian schoolteacher who was working for the government.[5]

Alantika means where Allah hasn't yet arrived in the Kanuri language, due to the Koma people keeping their own religions, despite being mostly surrounded by Muslims.[6]


  1. ^ Thomas Breuer. "Diet choice of large carnivores in northern Cameroon" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-19. Retrieved 2011-02-05.
  2. ^ Bernard P.K. Yerima, E. Van Ranst (2005). Major Soil Classification Systems Used in the Tropics:: Soils of Cameroon. Trafford Publishing. p. 136. ISBN 1-4120-5789-2.
  3. ^ Jim Hathaway (1989). Cameroon in Pictures. Lerner Publications Co. p. 13. ISBN 0-8225-1857-0.
  4. ^ " the case concerning the Land and Maritime Boundary between Cameroon and Nigeria" (PDF). International Court of Justice. 18 February 2002.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ ROWLAND CROUCHER AND OTHERS (December 11, 2003). "Update from HCJB World Radio: NIGERIAN MINISTRY MARKS 20 YEARS OF OUTREACH AMONG PRIMITIVE TRIBE". John Mark Ministries. Retrieved 2011-02-05.
  6. ^ "Alantika Mountains". Archived from the original on 26 June 2012. Retrieved 27 May 2012.

Coordinates: 8°39′43″N 12°38′33″E / 8.661809°N 12.642517°E / 8.661809; 12.642517