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, Duala
the chief port and largest city in W Cameroon, on the Bight of Bonny: capital of the German colony of Kamerun (1901--16). Pop.: 1 980 000 (2005 est.)



(also Douala), a people of Cameroon, inhabiting the shores of the Gulf of Guinea.

The Duala are subdivided into the Mboko, Bakwari, Pongo, Wuri, and several other tribes. The Duala and the related Balundu and Bassa peoples number about 700,000 (1967 estimate). The language of the Duala is related to the northwestern branch of the Bantu linguistic family and is one of the principal languages in southern Cameroon. Although the majority of Duala are Christians, some have preserved their ancient traditional beliefs (the worship of natural forces and ancestors). Their chief occupations are agriculture (millet, manioc, cacao), the harvesting of the fruit of the oil palm, the gathering of rubber, and, on the coast, fishing. Some Duala work in enterprises in Douala and Kribi.


Dugast, I. Inventaire ethnique du Sud Cameroun. [Douala] 1949.
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Dessajan, Severine, 2000, << Les Duala et le Ngondo, ou comment une assemblee traditionnelle permet a un peuple du Cameroun d'affirmer son identite >>, These de doctorat en Anthropologie sociale et ethnologie,
Assemblee traditionnelle du peuple duala, Yaounde, Centre d'Edition et de Production de manuels et d'Auxiliaires de l'Enseignement.
As a second thought Duala has an alternative proverb in: "The heart's case is hard to open.
Kevin Duala was to meet his crew in the Turkish resort of Bodrum on Sunday for a Summer Holiday 2001 segment.
A full scale revolt against the Carl Woermann treaty happened in Duala in 1884.
Adolf Ngoso Din (born in Cameroon) was the secretary to the Cameroonian leader, Rudolf Duala Manga Bell.
The hard and cruel measures taken by the [German colonial] government in Duala in the implementation of the dispossessions has so outraged the entire population that they were forced to carry out a war using knives.
ON PARADE: Sir Bob Scott, chief exec of the bid with Elaine Duala, centre, Maria Paul, left, and Penny Caffrey
And Kevin Duala pays a visit to Majorca - one of the top holiday destinations for Britons - to check out a family holiday.
Amsterdam, now almost as popular as Paris for a city break , features when Kevin Duala goes on a culture- crammed weekend, but he still manages to slip in a few of the hot nightspots among the art galleries and museums.