We all know that we don’t pat the back of a colleague in Korea to thank them for a “job well done”. Or eat with your left hand in India, or sip vodka in Russia. In many countries, these actions are harmless. But in others, they can give a wrong impression or cause offense.

Cameroon culture photo

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In fact, whatever culture you’re from, it’s likely that you routinely do something that could cause offense somewhere else in the world. So here is:

A primer on how to avoid mistakes in Cameroon

It is disrespectful to shake hands with your left hand. Use only your right. If you have something in your right hand or your right hand is dirty or wet, it is polite to extend your wrist for the person to shake with his right hand. Should both of your hands be occupied, it is polite to touch wrists.

With this, you had the primer on key facts about Cameroon, and key facts on culture and customs. Another important part of the culture is the local food and the local drinks. Make sure you read our posts on Cameroon food and drinks:

Local food you should try in Cameroon and No miss drinks in Cameroon.

Other tips that you’d like to share on mistakes to avoid in Cameroon? Please comment below.