Etiquette in Cameroon

Cameroon is located on the Atlantic coast of Central Africa and has a population of around 22.5 million people.

The nation is a dominant-party presidential republic.

The official languages of Cameroon are English and French. However, the largest majority of people here speak French.

Around 70% of Cameroonians practice Christianity, while another 18% practice Islam. Small minorities follow traditional faiths or have no religious beliefs. Witchcraft is widely believed in.

The currency of country is the Central African Franc.

Greeting Etiquette

Take your time with greetings and inquire after family, health, and well-being of someone with whom you are friends.

In English-speaking Cameroon, the West African handshake is common among close friends. In French-speaking Cameroon, friends may embrace, brush cheeks, kiss the air near the cheek, and shake hands. Men in both areas shake hands.

Practitioners of Islam may not shake hands across genders.

Women might avert their eyes during greetings.

Dining Etiquette

Expect formality during a meal and observe your best manners.

Though men typically eat first, a female guest will be expected to eat with the men.

You should expect to eat with your hands. You’ll be offered soap and water to wash your hands with first.