Banyo, Cameroon

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Banyo is located in Cameroon
Location in Cameroon
Coordinates: 6°46′48″N 11°49′12″E / 6.78000°N 11.82000°E / 6.78000; 11.82000Coordinates: 6°46′48″N 11°49′12″E / 6.78000°N 11.82000°E / 6.78000; 11.82000
Country Flag of Cameroon.svg Cameroon
Province Adamawa Province
Division Mayo-Banyo
Elevation 1,259 m (4,131 ft)

Banyo is a town and commune in Adamawa Province, Cameroon. It is located at around 6°47′N 11°49′E / 6.78°N 11.82°E / 6.78; 11.82, and is predominately Muslim. Though a government prefect serves in the town, the lamido still holds great sway among the populace. The current lamido, S.E. Mohaman Gabdo Yahya, has written his own history (2009). The geographer Jean Hurault has published on the demography of the area, and summarised some of the history in his 1955 work (see references below). In the nineteenth century Banyo separated from Koncha and Tibati (see Adama, H. & T.M. Bah 2001).



  • Adama, H. & T.M. Bah 2001. Un manuscrit Arabe sur l'histoire du royaume Peul de Kontcha dans le Nord-Cameroum: XIXe-XXe siecle. Rabat: Institut des Etudes africaines, Université Mohamed V.
  • Hurault, Jean M. 1955. Le Lamidat de Banyo. Yaoundé: Unpublished Report. Archives L'IRCAM.
  • Hurault, Jean M. 1975. Histoire du Lamidat Peul de Banyo. Outre-Mer: Academie Sciences.
  • Hurault, Jean M. 1983. Fecondité et Mortalité dans L'Agglomeration Urbaine de Banyo (Cameroun). Cah. Orstom ser. Sci. Hum. 19(3): 247-267.
  • Hurault, Jean M. 1994. Les noms attribués aux non-libres dans le lamidat de Banyo. Journal des africanistes 64(1): 91-107.
  • Yahya, Mohaman Gabdo 2009. Le Lamidat de Banyo: épreuves d’hier et défis d’aujourd’hui Douala: AFREDIT (africaine d’édition).