Customs and traditions
When visiting a Cameroonian home, you prefer
to talk about the family and the village, and avoid
political and religious discussions - at least at the
first visit. In working life, punctuality and personal
contacts are important.
In Cameroon, most people greet each other through a
regular handshake. If you know each other well, you
usually use your fingers as a sign of friendship. Some
cheek pussies (once on each cheek), especially in the
French-speaking parts of the south. Both men and women
can sometimes hold hands as they walk, or touch each
other when they talk.
Overview of the capital city of Cameroon, including information about its population, economy, geography, history and map.
Common conversation topics when meeting for the first
time are family and the village or region you come from.
Other popular topics are football, music and food.
Politics and religion should wait until you get to know
each other better. Humor is appreciated; that as a
visitor joking about himself can help break the ice and
give both respect and friends.
In working life
Cameroonians often dress quite formally at work and
in social contexts. Clothes are an important status
symbol and as visitors one should be well dressed to be
When you come to the workplace, it is important to
take time to greet all colleagues by shaking hands. In
the workplace, most people (including managers and
subordinates) do each other and address each other with
first names. As visitors, it is still good to address
superiors with Mr (mister) or Mrs (mistress).
In the public sector, working hours are not as
accurate, while punctuality is important in the private
sector. Deadlines are usually liquid. Parties and other
social events usually begin one or a few hours after the
Personal contacts are important in business. Good
personal relationships can create trust that facilitates
Bringing small gifts with you is an African custom
that visitors should live by. This applies to business
acquaintances as well as the host or hostess as well as
the children at private family invitations. For example,
the hosts can provide fruit, wine or whiskey (but do not
provide alcoholic drinks to Muslims). Sweets or school
supplies are good for the children.
Food and meals
Meals are central to social living. In several of the
country's regions, men and guests eat before the women
and children. Washing your hands before the meal belongs
to the label. Traditionally, Cameroonians eat with their
hands (just the right hand), either from their own plate
or from a joint platter. However, influence from the
western world has meant that many nowadays eat with
cutlery from each plate.
The base of the meal is often cooked cereal or cooked
root vegetables. In the south you eat mostly root
vegetables like cassava, in the savannah the staple
goods are corn and food bananas, and in the north eats
sorghum and millet. Rice and pasta have also become
popular. The staples are usually cooked to a thick
porridge. The sauce is served with a sauce made of palm
oil and ground peanuts, and sometimes even fish or meat.
Vegetables such as ocher and squash are also served.
Common spices are strong peppers, onions, ginger and
tomatoes. Fresh fruits such as banana, mango, papaya,
oranges and avocado are common as a dessert or as a
On festive occasions such as weddings and funerals,
chicken, goat, sheep, or peanut are served. For the
meat, drink palm wine, millet beer, soft drinks and
Holidays and Holidays
Cameroonians celebrate the Christian and Muslim
holidays respectively. In addition, Independence Day is
celebrated on January 1, National Day on May 20, and
Unity Day on October 1 to celebrate Southern Cameroon's
independence from Britain and its association with
French Cameroon in 1961.
Campaign against corruption
As part of a long-running campaign against corruption, former Prime Minister
Ephraim Inoni and a former Interior Minister are arrested. They are accused of
extensive embezzlement in connection with the purchase of a jet in the United
States in 2004 for use by the president. The plane cost $ 31 million and was
described as new, but already during the first flight, it got engine trouble and
was forced into an emergency landing with the president and his family aboard.
Upon closer inspection afterwards, the plane was revealed to be old and worn but
freshly painted. How much money has been lost does not appear.
Former minister is convicted of embezzlement
Former Interior Minister Marafa Hamidou Yaya is sentenced to 25 years in
prison for embezzlement in connection with the aircraft business in the United
States in 2004 (see April 2012).
Former head of government is arrested for embezzlement
Former Prime Minister Ephraim Inoni and former Interior Minister Marafa
Hamidou Yaya are arrested on suspicion of embezzlement in connection with a 2004
US plane purchase of President Biya. The plane cost $ 31 million and was
described as new, but already during the first flight, the plane was forced to
land with the president and his family on board. An audit revealed that the
plane was old and worn but freshly painted. How much money has been
misappropriated does not appear.