Bankim

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Bamkin
Bamkin is located in Cameroon
Bamkin
Bamkin
Coordinates: 6°4′58″N 11°29′24″E / 6.08278°N 11.49000°E / 6.08278; 11.49000
Country Cameroon
Region Adamawa
Division Mayo-Banyo[1]
Sub-division Bamkin
  not estimated
Time zone WAT (UTC+1)

Bankim, M'Bankim or Bamkin is a town and commune of the division Mayo-Banyo in Adamaoua in Cameroon. It is about 95 km from Foumban and 125 km from Banyo The area's vegetation is of shrub savanna type.

History[edit]

Bankim is said to have been founded in 1395 by the local chief Kimi who founded the Tikar kingdom.[2] Eldridge Mohammadou has given a date of 1760 to 1780 as the foundation date for the chiefdom.[3]

Hazards[edit]

Loaiasis is hyperendemic in this area, but is regarded as a generally mild and painless disease...[4] It is reported that about 17% of the population in this area carry HIV/Aids, however the survey is based on urban surveys in the capital.

Communications[edit]

Bankim is on the main road from Foumban to Banyo. The provincial road (P26) goes from nearby Nyamboya to Ndu via Atta, and Sabongari.[5] There is a post office and a cyber café. Mobile phone coverage is good.

Notable residents[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cameroon Prime Minister's office accessed 2 January 2007
  2. ^ Almanach.be accessed 1 January 2007
  3. ^ Zeitlyn, David. (1996). "Eldridge Mohammadou on Tikar Origins", Journal of the Anthropological Society of Oxford (JASO) 26 no. 1: pp. 99–104.
  4. ^ Kamgno J, Boussinesq M, Hyperendemic loaiasis in the Tikar plain, shrub savanna region of Cameroon, 2001 accessed 1 January 2007. Abstract in English
  5. ^ Planning in Contemporary Africa, Ambe J. Njoh, 2003, Ashgate Publishing ISBN 0-7546-3346-2
  6. ^ Cameroon exhibition in 2005

Coordinates: 6°05′N 11°29′E / 6.083°N 11.483°E / 6.083; 11.483