U.S government funds project to preserve Bafut Palace
July 18, 2014

The government of the United State of America is making available the sum of 30 million Frs CFA for the funding of a project to preserve the traditional heritage of the “Achum” house of the Bafut palace in the North West Region of Cameroon

In addition, the project will fund the publication of a royal book to document the 600 years history of the palace. The work is expected to be completed in nine months, following an official launch planned for September 2014.

The present “Achum” house was built in 1910 and is Cameroon’s oldest structure of traditional origin.

Historically, the palace compound was the site of violent resistance to German colonization. During the last war in 1907, the entire compound, including The “Achum” house, was burnt. It has been restored several times since and remains today the crown jewel of the palace complex.