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A region and former German protectorate of west-central Africa. After World War I the territory was divided into British Cameroons and French Cameroons.


(ˌkæm əˈrunz)

n. (used with a sing. v.)
1. a region in W Africa: a German protectorate 1884–1919; divided in 1919 into British and French mandates.
2. Also called British Cameroons. a former British mandate (1919–46) and trusteeship (1946–60) in W Africa: by a 1961 plebiscite the S part joined Cameroon and the N part joined Nigeria.
Cam`e•roon′i•an, adj. n.


pl the CameroonsKamerun nt
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In recent years, Anglophone resentments have found growing expression in overt secessionist groups like the Ambazonia Movement, or organisations advocating a return to federalism like the Southern Cameroons National Council.
Today, Cameroonians of English extraction feel that the government's position that Cameroon is one and indivisible is contrary to the federal constitution of 1961, which guaranteed the rights of the two Cameroons to coexist as separate entities.
This ensures that they comply with applicable national, regional or international standards and technical regulations, protecting the health, safety and environment of Cameroons citizens from substandard imported goods and giving them the assurance they need in their local market.
The plebiscite ended in favour of British Cameroon re-unifying with French Cameroons on 1st October 1961 (Ngoh, 1996).
The political leaders of the two Cameroons took part in a number of meetings and discussed reunification.
When the Cameroons arrived at the World Cup, it was with a confident roar, fresh from successfully defending their African Nations Cup title, saying they would become the first African team ever to reach the semi-finals.
For example, Simon Staats developed into one of best education administrators the church had in Nigeria and the Cameroons between 1935 and independence.
Britain further divided her territory into two: British Northern Cameroons and British Southern Cameroons.
After the union of the French and English Cameroons on 1 October 1961, we had the Federal Republic of Cameroon, not the United Republic of Cameroon.
Despite his stance against partition, the Southern Cameroons National Council (SCNC) called on Fru Ndi to be the President of the Anglophone territories, which the SCNC declared independent in 2001.
CAMEROONS living in Ireland last night warned that the football stars of their native country will ruin Ireland's World Cup dream.