Ambele in Cameroon

Joshua Project has identified the Ambele only in Cameroon





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Ambele people are located in ten villages stretching for many miles down one valley; two of the villages are in another valley quite distant from the rest. On the whole, they live in a relatively remote area. Many of the villages are almost a full day's hike to the nearest road. The southernmost village of Olorunti is served by a road leading to Widikum. At one time, the bridge along this road had been washed out by one of the many frequent rainstorms occurring in this region. No running water is available other than the active streams in the valley, and there is no electricity. The rainforest is very thick, and the mountain slopes, steep. Nearly everyone travels on the many footpaths joining the villages. This village area would be considered a difficult allocation.

A definite need for Bible translation exists. Each village has two or three different churches, whether Catholic, Presbyterian, New Apostolic, or Church of Christ. Church attendance is low, and even those who are regular members have little Scriptural foundation to their faith. Church leaders admit that the majority of Christians equally follow traditional beliefs and practices. Comprehension of English and Pidgin are not sufficient to enable the people to grasp deep spiritual truths of the Bible, and they understand little of any language other than the mother tongue. A translation of some Scriptures is imperative, and we suggest that one wait for local initiative before starting a language project. In the meantime, a need for evangelism and training of leaders in the Scripture also stands. Both can be accomplished through long-term intensive Bible studies. Some Bible school students and nurses who visited found a positive response to their work, but one village eventually became unwelcoming.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

Expanded PDF Profile

People Name General Ambele
People Name in Country Ambele
Population in Cameroon 8,700
World Population 8,700
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Benue
People Name General Ambele
Ethnic Code NAB56b
People ID 10279
Country Cameroon
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country North West Province, Momo Division, west Widikum-Menka Subdivision. About 11 villages.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010

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Enthologue Language Map

Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Ambele (8,700)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Ambele 8,700
For Primary Language: Ambele

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Roman Catholic

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 6.00 %)
69.00 %
Ethnic Religions
31.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
25.0 %
20.0 %
Roman Catholic
55.0 %
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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