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Somalomo is a town and commune in Cameroon.On October 5, 1992 President Biya of Cameroon signed the decree No. 92/206 officially creating 47 new administrative subdivisions and districts units in the country, consequently setting up new urban centres at the head towns of newly created District units.Somalomo, in the Eastern province then, Upper Nyong Division and Messaména Subdivision, was among these new administrative units and towns. From its 100 inhabitants at that time, Somalomo has now grown to more than 1000 people. It hosts a Sous-Prefecture, a Police station (gendarmerie), an Education Office, a Secondary school, a health centre, Wildlife Protection and Revenue Collection offices. Although official administrative buildings and housing for civil servants have not yet been completed, this new administrative unit offers and provides basic public services to at least 10,000 people.Before the GermansHowever, the history of that then sleepy and dusty village was anything except uneven. It did not start with the presidential decree. According to a reliable source, the late Mr. Bolap Paul-René who was chief of the village at that time, the site was populated at least one hundred years back.Led by their patriarch, called NTEUH, the Bampel and Elephant clan of the Badwee ethnic group, part of the larger Koozime tribe (made of the Ndjémé, Zimé and Koozimé) belonging to the Maka-Ndjem Western Bantu lineage first of all settled 15 km to the north of their present location, on a place called Bifolone, then at Mpoulabizame and afterward at Mpele, under the now leadership of Ndjankoum, son of Nteuh. Among Ndjankoum’s sons was the elder, Mampomo aged 25 years then (around 1880). Having heard of white, ghost like people coming from overseas and settling in Lomié with the Nzimé parent group, he decided to meet them. Due to his courage and initiative, he was recognized as the paramount chief of the Southern Badwee group of the Koozimé. Moving many times from Bilofone, he was established at Mpe’ezi, along the river Dja, between the present day cities of Lomié and Bengbis, in the Eastern and Southern Regions.Somalomo is in South Region. Make Somalomo central to your Cameroon travel plans using our Cameroon online tour planner .
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