Southwest Region (Cameroon)

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Southwest Region
The capital Buea from the foot of Mount Cameroon
The capital Buea from the foot of Mount Cameroon
Location of Southwest Region within Cameroon
Location of Southwest Region within Cameroon
DivisionsFako, Koupé-Manengouba, Lebialem, Manyu, Meme, Ndian
 • GovernorBernard Okalia B.
 • Total25,410 km2 (9,810 sq mi)
 • Total1,553,320
 • Density61/km2 (160/sq mi)
HDI (2017)0.599[1]
medium · 6th of 10

The Southwest Region or South-West Region (French: Région du Sud-Ouest) is a region in Cameroon. Its capital is Buea;[2] as of 1987, its population was 838,042. Along with the Northwest Region, it is one of the two anglophone (English-speaking) regions of Cameroon,

Divisions of Southwest province

The region is divided into six divisions or departments: Fako, Koupé-Manengouba, Lebialem, Manyu, Meme, and Ndian; these are in turn broken down into subdivisions.[3] Presidentially appointed senior divisional officers (prefets) and subdivisional officers (sous-prefets) govern each respectively.

The region was notable for having the first English-speaking university in Cameroon (the University of Buea),. Towns include the capital Buea, Limbe, Tiko, Kumba and Mamfe. Limbe in particular is a popular tourist resort notable for its fine beaches. Korup National Park is also a major attraction. Buea itself, meanwhile, sits at the foot of Mount Cameroon, and possesses an almost temperate climate markedly different from the rest of the province.

Coordinates: 4°10′N 9°14′E / 4.167°N 9.233°E / 4.167; 9.233


  1. ^ "Sub-national HDI - Area Database - Global Data Lab". Retrieved 2018-09-13.
  2. ^ User, Super. "BUEA". (in French). Retrieved 2017-08-07.
  3. ^ "Région du Sud-Ouest". (in French). Retrieved 2017-08-07.