Bakoko, Basoo in Cameroon

Joshua Project has identified the Bakoko only in Cameroon





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Bakoko, also called Basoo, people have lived along the western coast of Cameroon for centuries. They do not have a written language. They do not have a Bible. They are one of the 3,000 people groups that don't have a single verse of God's Word.

In their secluded environment, numerous rivers fed by heavy rains continue to expand the deltas, which flow into the Gulf of Guinea. Many of the swamplands are covered with mangrove trees and other vegetation. From the coastal flats, the Bakoko can see the plains gradually rise upward to inland plateaus.

The Bakoko are mainly subsistence farmers. They occasionally raise goats and sheep, but their cash crops include rubber, oil palms, coffee, tea, cocoa and bananas. Their main staples are cocoyams, cassava, maize and plantains. They eat dried and fresh fish and meat when available. They also enjoy tropical fruits.

More than 50,000 Bakoko live throughout the Littoral Province of Cameroon. The men normally wear Western-style clothing. The women wear both Westernstyle clothing and African wrappers (skirts) with a colorful head tie. Their homes are usually rectangular and made from wattle and daub (clay and cow dung mixed together). They also used sun-baked myd bricks. For those who can afford it, cement blocks are replacing the mud bricks.

Overlapping boards split from tree trunks, or sheets of corrugated tin, form the framework for their homes. Thatched roofs are gradually being replaced by tin.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

Expanded PDF Profile

People Name General Bakoko
People Name in Country Bakoko, Basoo
Population in Cameroon 133,000
World Population 133,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.1
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Basoo
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Bantu, Northwest
People Name General Bakoko
Ethnic Code NAB57k
People ID 10593
Country Cameroon
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Littoral Province, scattered communities: Wouri Division, south of Douala; Moungo Division, south of Dibombari; Nkam Division, Nkondjok area; Sanaga-Maritime Division, southwest of Edea; South Province, northwest Ocean Division.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Bakoko (133,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Bakoko 133,000
For Primary Language: Bakoko

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 %
3.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
35.0 %
5.0 %
Roman Catholic
57.0 %
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Profile Source: Anonymous  
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