Douala

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for the development of makossa. Post-independence in 1960, a local variant on palm wine music called assiko was popular, especially Jean Bikoko and Dikoume Bernard. Les Têtes Brulées remained the country's most well known musical export, especially after accompanying the Cameroonian soccer team to the World Cup (Football World Cup) in 1990 in Italy and 1994 in the United States. A new wave of bikutsi artists arose in the early 190s, including Les Martiens (formed by Les Têtes Brulées bassist Atebass) and the sexually themed roots singer Katino Ateba ("Ascenseur: le secret de l'homme") and Douala singer Sissi Dipoko ("Bikut-si Hit") as well as a resurgence of old performers like Sala Bekono. Bikutsi's international renown continued to grow, and the song "Proof" from Paul Simon's ''Rhythm of the Saints'', released to mainstream promotion and success in 1990, gained yet more renown from international audiences. Vincent Nguini also contributed guitar arrangements and performance to Simon's ''Rhythm of the Saints'', which became an influential world music album, introducing many North American listeners to the wide range of instrumentation and genres. August * August 30 – While taxiing out for takeoff at Douala International Airport outside Douala, Cameroon, Cameroon Airlines Flight 786, a Boeing 737-2H7C (Boeing 737) with 116 people on board, suffers an uncontained compressor failure (Turbine engine failure) in its number two engine which starts a fire. All on board evacuate the plane, although the fire kills two of them after they exit the cabin. The aircraft is destroyed. - DLA FKKD Douala Airport Douala, Cameroon - * Dakar, Senegal * Douala, Cameroon * Elizabeth (Elizabeth, New Jersey), New Jersey, United States birth_date wikipedia:Douala Commons:Category:Douala


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, 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.The centre point of attraction, the city is called Ville. Transport 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


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, Ahmadou Ahidjo. Profile at ''Afrique Express'' wikipedia:Douala Commons:Category:Douala


diversity natural

geological and cultural diversity. Natural features include beaches, deserts, mountains, rainforests, and savannas. The highest point is Mount Cameroon in the southwest, and the largest cities are Douala, Yaoundé, and Garoua. Cameroon is home to over 200 different linguistic groups. The country is well known for its native styles of music, particularly makossa and bikutsi, and for its successful national football team (Cameroon national football team). French Language French


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international audiences. Vincent Nguini also contributed guitar arrangements and performance to Simon's ''Rhythm of the Saints'', which became an influential world music album, introducing many North American listeners to the wide range of instrumentation and genres. August * August 30 – While taxiing out for takeoff at Douala International Airport outside Douala, Cameroon, Cameroon Airlines Flight 786, a Boeing 737-2H7C (Boeing 737) with 116 people on board


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inland from the Gulf of Guinea (part of the Atlantic Ocean) to the edge of a plateau. In the former western state, however, the mass of Mount Cameroon reaches almost to the sea. The plain is densely forested including areas of Central African mangroves especially around Douala and in the estuary of the Cross River (Cross River (Nigeria)) on the border with Nigeria. Seaports and harbors Of the operating maritime ports in Cameroon, Douala is the busiest and most important. Lesser ports include Kribi, used chiefly for the export of wood, and Limbé (Limbe, Cameroon), used only for palm-oil exports. Garoua, on the Benoué River, is the main river port, but it is active only from July to September. In 2005, Cameroon’s merchant fleet consisted of one petroleum tanker, totalling 169,593 GRT. The Cameroonian armed forces have bases spread all over Cameroon, including in Ngaoundéré. Air Force bases are located in Garoua, Yaoundé, Douala and Bamenda.


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, Cameroon publisher Hong Kong Observatory accessdate December 6, 2012 source 2 Weatherbase (record highs and lows, humidity) wikipedia:Douala Commons:Category:Douala


association football

birth_place Douala, Cameroon residence DATE OF BIRTH December 15, 1984 PLACE OF BIRTH Douala, Cameroon DATE OF DEATH # Lagos, Nigeria # Douala, Cameroon # Libreville, Gabon The '''1972 African Cup of Nations''' was the eighth edition of the Africa Cup of Nations, the association football championship of Africa (CAF (Confederation of African Football)). It was hosted by Cameroon, in the cities of Yaoundé and Douala. Just like in 1970 (1970 African Cup of Nations), the field of eight teams was split into two groups of four. The Republic of Congo (Congo national football team) won its first championship, beating Mali (Mali national football team) in the final 3-2. - style "background-color: #DDDDDD" Douala wikipedia:Douala Commons:Category:Douala

and passes through Bélabo before heading north to Ngaoundéré in the Adamawa Province. There is a regional airport in Bertoua that is officially part of state-owned Camair's network, but it has been out of service since 2003. In addition, the Nyong River is navigable from Abong-Mbang to the Centre Province town of Mbalmayo during the rainy season. '''Jean-Alain Boumsong-Somkong''' (born December 14, 1979, in Douala) is a French (France) football defender (association

football) defender who currently plays for the Greek team Panathinaikos (Panathinaikos FC) and the French national team (France national football team). DATE OF BIRTH December 14, 1979 PLACE OF BIRTH Douala, Cameroon DATE OF DEATH With ocean access and vast tracts of forest, the South is home to a good deal of industry. Timber is a substantial part of the region's economy, and various logging companies have operations in the area. However, because


close personal

and close personal friend of former General of the Army and President of the United States Dwight D. Eisenhower; Arnold Kirkeby, a millionaire realtor and former head of the Kirkeby chain of luxury hotels; Louise Lindner Eastman (Louise Lindner), whose daughter Linda Eastman would later marry Paul McCartney of The Beatles; Irving Rubine, producer of the film ''The Guns of Navarone (The Guns of Navarone (film))''; Emelyn Whiton, a 1952 Olympic (1952 Summer Olympics) sailing gold medalist; and the Broadway (Broadway theatre) stage manager Bob Paschall. In addition, 15 abstract paintings by the artist Arshile Gorky in the plane wikipedia:Douala Commons:Category:Douala


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, Cameroon publisher Hong Kong Observatory accessdate December 6, 2012 source 2 Weatherbase (record highs and lows, humidity) Culture and contemporary life

Douala

'''Douala''' (German: Duala) is the largest city in Cameroon, the capital of Cameroon's Littoral Region (Littoral Region (Cameroon)) and the richest city in the whole CEMAC region of six countries. Home to Cameroon's largest port and its major international airport, Douala International Airport, it is the commercial capital of the country. Consequently, it handles most of the country's major exports, such as oil (Petroleum), cocoa (Cocoa bean) and coffee, timber, metals and fruits. As of 2010 the city and its surrounding area had an estimated population that surpassed 3,000,000 inhabitants. The city sits on the estuary of the Wouri River and its climate is tropical.

Settlements had already existed on present-day Douala prior to the arrival of the Portuguese, British, and Germans; however, it was during the German colonization that the city began to develop rapidly as a commercial and political hub of the German colonial administration. During World War I a bitter battle was fought for control of Douala. The City surrendered to British and French forces on the 27th of September, 1914. A joint Anglo-French condominium governed the city until a comprehensive agreement ceded it (and much of Cameroon) to the French. After the independence of Cameroon, Douala has grown rapidly. Local industries, trade, and other opportunities have attracted an unprecedented influx of migrants, especially from the western region of Cameroon. People from other countries in the region have also permanently settled in the city; they include Nigerians, Chadians, and Malians. In recent times city authorities have been overwhelmed by rapidly increasing population; services are stretched and there is an urgent need to enhance the city's ability to cope with the rapid growth.

Douala is the 27th most expensive city in the world and the most expensive in Africa, overtaking Lagos. It is ranked 27th for 2009, up from 34th in 2008. Douala is the first city in tropical Africa to have a piped natural gas supply (presently serving only industrial customers).

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