With about 450.000 inhabitans, Bamenda is the 4th biggest city of Cameroon, and the most important economical and cultural metropolis of the english speaking minority and capital of the north-west province. The city is located 360km north-west of the capital Yaoundé, between the 2.600m high Bamenda-mountains. The climate in the region is rich in precipitation and hot, during the rainy season it is often foggy and cool.
Because of its cultural background the city is a important center or the opponent Social Democratic Front..
Although the airport is no longer used Bamenda is still an important trading center and transportation hub. There are transport links to the major Cameroonian cities of Yaoundé and Douala. In addition, Bamenda is the starting point for the small and large „Ring Road“. A road that connects the historical centers of the “ grassland“.
The economy consists mainly of coffee processing, soap making, various metal processing plants and electrical trades. Bamenda has numerous schools and even a university and is also the seat of a Catholic archbishopric, important Baptist missions and a Presbyterian Church Center.
There are still several buildings from the German colonial era in Bamenda and the surrounding area, including the Fort Bamenda, a fortification enthroned above the city, and behind that the German graveyard.