Soppo

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Soppo
Soppo is located in Cameroon
Soppo
Soppo
Location in Cameroon
Coordinates: 4°9′N 9°17′E / 4.150°N 9.283°E / 4.150; 9.283Coordinates: 4°9′N 9°17′E / 4.150°N 9.283°E / 4.150; 9.283
Country Flag of Cameroon.svg Cameroon
Province South West Province
Elevation 2,300 ft (700 m)

Soppo is the name of two villages, Great Soppo and Small Soppo in Buea, western Cameroon. It is located at around 4°9′N 9°17′E / 4.150°N 9.283°E / 4.150; 9.283.

From 1904 to 1914 it was the headquarters of the German colonial military forces ("Schutztruppe"). Because of its moderate temperatures, owing to the altitude of the village (approximately 700 m), the Baptist missionary Carl Jacob Bender turned Great Soppo into a retreat for missionaries in the coastal regions of Cameroon. The church he built in the 1930s still hovers above the village.

The current traditional ruler of Great Soppo is chief Etina Monono.