Littoral Region (Cameroon)

The Littoral Region (French: Région du Littoral) is a region of Cameroon. Its capital is Douala. As of 2004, its population was 3,174,437.[2] Its name is due to the region being largely littoral, and associated with the sea coast.

Littoral Region
Location of Littoral Region within Cameroon
Location of Littoral Region within Cameroon
Coordinates: 4°00′N 10°00′E / 4.000°N 10.000°E / 4.000; 10.000Coordinates: 4°00′N 10°00′E / 4.000°N 10.000°E / 4.000; 10.000
CountryCameroon
CapitalDouala
DepartmentsMoungo, Nkam, Sanaga-Maritime, Wouri
Government
 • GovernorSamuel Ivaha Diboua (2015– )
Area
 • Total20,248 km2 (7,818 sq mi)
Population
 (2015)
 • Total3,354,978
 • Density170/km2 (430/sq mi)
HDI (2017)0.673[1]
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The Douala Edéa Wildlife Reserve is in the region.

Animals in the Douala Edea Wildlife Reserve

2008 presidential decree abolishes provincesEdit

The President of the Republic of Cameroon, Paul Biya, signed decrees in 2008 abolishing "Provinces" and replacing them with "Regions". Hence, all of the country's ten former provinces are now known as Regions.

DemographicsEdit

Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.
1976935,166—    
19871,352,833+3.41%
20052,510,263+3.49%
20153,354,978+2.94%
source:[3]

DivisionsEdit

 
Departments of Littoral
 
Assiko at Festival Mbog Liaa
 
Sawa Princess

The region is divided into four departments (départements):

  1. Moungo, with its capital at Nkongsamba.
  2. Nkam, with its capital at Yabassi.
  3. Sanaga-Maritime, with its capital at Édéa.
  4. Wouri, forming the area around the major city of Douala.

These are in turn broken down into subdivisions. Presidentially appointed senior divisional officers (préfets) and subdivisional officers (sous-préfets) govern each. Traditional leaders, usually referred to as chiefs in English, often preside over particular ethnic groups or villages; nevertheless, many of these wield very little power today.

 
Memorial of GUSTAV NACHTIGAL

CultureEdit

Traditional DanceEdit

Traditional musical instrumentsEdit

Traditional dance accessoriesEdit

Traditional clothesEdit

Hair style and head covers

Monuments in the Region

Common Dishes in the Region

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. ^ "Sub-national HDI - Area Database - Global Data Lab". hdi.globaldatalab.org. Retrieved 2018-09-13.
  2. ^ Cameroon at GeoHive Archived 2013-08-27 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Cameroon: Administrative Division population statistics