"...the largest montane rainforest in West Africa can be found in Kom, and it is unique in the world and contains many endemic species..."
The Kom are one of the principal tribes of the North-West province of Cameroon, where traditional government institutions are very important. The capital, Laikom, is the seat of the ruler, the Fon, and his advisors, the Quifon, who continue to be the most respected leaders despite the imposition of a central Cameroonian government. Vincent Yuh II is the current Fon of Kom.
The Camerounese government recognizes to some degree the authority of the Fons and local chiefs subject to them. Viewed historically or developmentally, a tribe consists of a social formation existing before the development of, or outside of, states.
The Fon is a chieftain or king of a region of Cameroon.
Kom includes most of Boyo divison, including such towns as Fundong, Belo and Mbingo. The elaborate language and rich culture of Kom are very similar to neighbouring groups, collectively known as the Tikar.
The geography of Kom and the North-West province is extremely mountainous, comprising mostly of grassland and farmland, with a sadly declining amount of forest. Crater lakes, cliffs and waterfalls are quite common features of the region. Nevertheless the largest montane rainforest in West Africa can be found in Kom, and it is unique in the world and contains many endemic species.