The SouthWest Region (French: Région du Sud-Ouest) is a region in Cameroon. Its capital is Buea. As of 1987, its population was 838,042. Along with the Northwest Region, it is one of the two anglophone (English-speaking) regions of Cameroon,
The region is divided into six divisions or departments: Fako, Koupé-Manengouba, Lebialem, Manyu, Meme, and Ndian. These are in turn broken down into subdivisions. Presidentially appointed senior divisional officers (prefets) and subdivisional officers (sous-prefets) govern each respectively.
The region was notable for having the first English-speaking university in Cameroon (the University of Buea),. Towns include the capital Buea, Limbe, Tiko, Kumba and Mamfe. Limbe in particular is a popular tourist resort notable for its fine beaches. Korup National Park is also a major attraction. Buea itself, meanwhile, sits at the foot of Mount Cameroon, and possesses an almost temperate climate markedly different from the rest of the province.
|Location of Southwest Region within Cameroon|
|Divisions||Fako, Koupé-Manengouba, Lebialem, Manyu, Meme, Ndian|
|• Governor||Bernard Okalia B.|
|• Total||25,410 km2 (9,810 sq mi)|
|• Density||61/km2 (160/sq mi)|