Abo in Cameroon

Joshua Project has identified the Abo only in Cameroon





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

Abo Subdivision is situated to the north of both Dibombari and the Wouri estuary in the Littoral Province. Abo is bordered by the Mbo and Basaa language communities to the north, by Balong to the west, and by Duala to the south and east. French is the language of education, and the majority of Abo people speak it. The Duala language is also commonly used as a language of wider communication.

Bible translation need for Abo subdivision depends upon how bilingual the people are in the Duala language. Many people say they are bilingual in Duala and French. They are favorable toward the idea of Bible translation, although mother-tongue Scriptures may not be a felt need because Abo Christians are generally satisfied with using the Duala and French Scriptures. Additional survey (RTT method) would reveal what percentage of the Abo population understands Duala and to what degree; this would clarify the need for Bible translation.

The Abo people place high value on literacy. We estimate that at least 50% of the people are literate in a second language (French or Duala). The Abo (Bankon) language is as yet unwritten, but a newly formed Bankon Language Committee is working to develop an alphabet.

The Abo people enjoy relatively good socioeconomic conditions. A good number of Abo individuals have pursued higher education and moved to cities such as Yaounde, Douala, and various places in Europe and North America. The Abo people we met in the villages were well-dressed and appeared wellnourished. Many people live in solidly built Western-style houses.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

Expanded PDF Profile

People Name General Abo
People Name in Country Abo
Population in Cameroon 19,000
World Population 19,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.1
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Bantu, Northwest
People Name General Abo
Ethnic Code NAB57k
People ID 10132
Country Cameroon
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Littoral Province, Moungo Division, north of Douala and west of Wouri River, and Dibombari.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010

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Enthologue Language Map

Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Bankon: Abo (19,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Bankon: Abo 19,000
For Primary Language: Bankon

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
None reported  
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Roman Catholic

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 2.50 %)
70.00 %
Ethnic Religions
30.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
2.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
25.0 %
5.0 %
Roman Catholic
68.0 %
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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