Size: 53rd in world. Slightly larger than California.
Currency: Central African CFA franc
What makes this nation attractive to tourists?
Tourism (and eco-tourism) in the country, is a growing but relatively minor industry. Since the 1970s, the government of the nation has cultivated the industry by creating a ministry of tourism and by encouraging investment by airlines, hotels, and travel agencies.
Cameroon has many iconic animals of Africa. This is a major attraction for safari-goers and big-game hunters.
The nation excels in the field of sports. In 1991 FIFA World Cup, they were the first African country to reach quarterfinals, led by Roger Milla. The football/soccer team also won a gold medal in the 2000 Olympics.
Makossa is a type of funky dance music, best-known outside Africa for Manu Dibango, whose 1972 single "Soul Makossa" was an international hit. Outside of Africa, Dibango and makossa were only briefly popular, but the genre has produced several pan-African superstars through the 70s, 80s and 90s. Following Dibango, a wave of musicians electrified makossa in an attempt at making it more accessible outside of the country. Another pop singer in 1970s was André-Marie Tala, a blind singer who had a pair of hits with "Sikati" and "Potaksima".
One of the trail-blazers of music in the country's history, Manu Dibango
The main cash crops, which provide about 40 per cent of the nation's exports, are cocoa (The country is the world's fifth-largest producer), coffee and cotton.
Bauxite deposits have been identified but remain unexploited; there are also deposits of iron ore and potential reserves of gold, diamonds, uranium, rutile, industrial clays and low-grade nickel and cobalt. Tin is mined on a very small scale. Investment by large mining companies is needed to exploit underground riches. A new mining code is planned to encourage foreign investors. Read more on the economy
Mining and oil extraction are dominant, constituting about 46 per cent of total exports in 1999 making oil a principal source of the government's revenue. Offshore oil production (light crude) began on a commercial scale in 1977, peaked in 1985 and has since been falling. Cameroon generally follows OPEC pricing policy. Crude oil exports go mainly to France and the USA, but this nation has been a net importer of oil since 1995.
According to the 2008 BP Statistical Energy Survey, Cameroon produced an average of 82 thousand barrels of crude oil per day in 2007, 0.1% of the world total and a change of -5.7 % compared to 2006.
Cameroon is another bed of opportunity in Africa, with its rich culture and music the future is bright. Africa is a continent on the rise, it is time to unveil the hidden treasures.
Check out great music on the top right-hand side, "Cameroonian tunes."