Bangou, Cameroon

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Bangou is located in Cameroon
Location of Bangou in Cameroon
Coordinates: 5°12′N 10°23′E / 5.200°N 10.383°E / 5.200; 10.383Coordinates: 5°12′N 10°23′E / 5.200°N 10.383°E / 5.200; 10.383
Country Cameroon
Province West Province
 • Mayor Mboutchouang Rosette
 • Total 12,000
Time zone WAT (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) not observed (UTC+1)

Bangou is a village of the Bamileke people in the West Province of Cameroon with a population of around 12,000. However, most people that consider themselves "from Bangou" do not reside in Bangou, but in Yaoundé, Douala, Nkongsamba or other cities in Cameroon and the world.

In fact there are Bangou associations in France, United Kingdom, Belgium and the United States as well as possibly other countries. There are also NGOs formed exclusively for the development of Bangou such as Association Solidarité France Bangou (ASFB) and American Association for the Development of Bangou (AADB).

Baloungou is a district of Bangou with a population of about 3,500.

The current mayor of Bangou is Mboutchouang Rosette, the mother of Chantal Biya, President Paul Biya's wife.

The traditional Chief is Tayo II Marcel. While the Chief does not have legal or political authority, his role as a traditional leader helps to settle disputes among groups of people and families in lieu of the legal court systems.

Like many other villages in the West region, agriculture is the predominant economic subsistence in Bangou. The main staple crops that are cultivated are corn, potatoes, yams, bananas, plantains, and beans. Sources of meat are beef, goat, pigs, fish and "bush meat" that people hunt from the forests.

In addition to the numerous primary schools, there is a hospital in Bangou, a small bank that deals in microcredit and a hotel (the Hotel de la Paix).

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