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Commune and town
Wum is located in Cameroon
Location in Cameroon
Coordinates: 6°23′N 10°04′E / 6.383°N 10.067°E / 6.383; 10.067
CountryFlag of Cameroon.svg Cameroon
ProvinceNorthwest Province
1,109 m (3,638 ft)
 • Total26,123
Time zoneUTC+1 (WAT)

Wum is a town and commune in Cameroon. It is the capital of Menchum division in the Northwest Province.


Wum is the third biggest town in the North West Region of Cameroon. It lies on a plateau at an elevation of about 1100 m near the edge of the western highlands of Cameroon. It is 80 kilometres (50 mi) north of the regional capital Bamenda (by dirt road). It lies near Lake Wum, one of five small crater lakes within 15 km of the town in the hilly, volcanic landscape. Lake Nyos, a crater lake from which a limnic eruption killed nearly 2000 people in 1986, is 25 km to the east.

Population and language

In 2012 Wum's estimated population was 80,123 inhabitants.[1]

The Aghem language, spoken in Wum, is also called Wum.[2]



  1. ^ [1] Archived June 22, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-07-20. Retrieved 2010-12-04.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)

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Coordinates: 6°23′N 10°04′E / 6.383°N 10.067°E / 6.383; 10.067