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Bonanjo is between Akwa and Deido, one of the three original villages of the Douala ethnic group established on the left bank of the mouth of the Wouri. Its urbanization begins during the German colonial period, an urban plan is established in 1910 based on a separation of the native and European districts. Bonanjo and Joss are reserved for administrations, public services and European residences and indigenous princely families1. In 1910, the expropriation by the German administration of 280 ha of the Joss plateau to build a residential area aroused the indignation of the populations

This district constitutes the administrative center of the city as well as part of its business center including the head offices of the main banks and companies of the country, an agency of the central bank BEAC and the directorates of the administrations for the Littoral region. It is one of the only areas of the city that includes a significant number of high-rise buildings.

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The Akwa district is one of the historic districts of Douala; it is the commercial center of the city. The Akwa plateau (named after “King” Akwa, king of a Douala clan) was already densely populated at the beginning of the 19th century, before the city proper was created.

 Akwa is today a mixed neighborhood from all points of view: wealthy residences rub shoulders with more modest, even poor, housing types; on the other hand, the proximity to the port has led to the development of industrial and commercial activities, in addition to the residential function. Akwa is teeming with people both day and night. Here and there coexist during the day supermarkets, street vendors, luxury hotels, restaurants and various and varied shops. At night, the district gives way to discos, bistros, casinos, food vendors on the go and music resounds everywhere. This district is truly the commercial heart of the city of Douala, even if it offers in certain places in withdrawal, a sheepish mine to the visitors. As in most areas of Douala, the roads are rough and some are not passable. Some places are even difficult to cross on foot in the rainy season. Gradually, these facts tend to improve, at the rate of the political consolidation concerning the budget intended for the maintenance of the road system. A certain dynamism is displayed, for example in the creation of shops, renovations of facades, takeovers of brands, and the level of clothing of passers-by.

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