Bakossi, Akoose in Cameroon

Joshua Project has identified the Bakossi only in Cameroon





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

Bakossi people are kind, considerate, and caring folks. The tribe straddles the Anglophone and Francophone areas but most Bakossi would be classified as Anglophone. Bakossi people are located in the Southwest Province of Cameroon in the Kupe Mananguba Division.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Much of the area is agricultural with major food crops being coco yam, cassava, and some corn. Cash crops include coffee in the higher elevations and cocoa in the lower elevations. The traditional food is Esubag and Xamongel (pounded coco yam with a leaf stew). Meem (palm wine) is present and kola nut is an important part of welcoming folks. There is a saying that he who brings kola brings life (as with other tribes in the area).

There are several high schools in the area and Bakossi people are generally well educated. Unfortunately, there are not enough job opportunities so people find themselves returning to farming after their education. There are also a lot of civil servants in the area particularly in Bangem.

What Are Their Beliefs?

There are some traditional beliefs but mostly people are Christian. Villages nearer to Nysoso tend to be more Presbyterian while the villages near Bangem are more Catholic. Each denomination had missions in those areas.

What Are Their Needs?

Bakossi people need economic development and jobs.

Profile Source:   Margaret Minzner  

People Name General Bakossi
People Name in Country Bakossi, Akoose
Population in Cameroon 159,000
World Population 159,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Akosi, Nkosi
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Bantu, Northwest
People Name General Bakossi
Ethnic Code NAB57k
People ID 10595
Country Cameroon
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country South West Province, Kupe-Muanenguba Division, Bangem, Tombel, and Nguti Subdivisions; Littoral Province, Moungo Division, Manjo Subdivision.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
For Primary Language: Akoose

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1998-2010)
New Testament Yes   (2011)
Complete Bible Yes
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible: Melɛ̌ Mékɔ̄ɔ̄lē Text / Printed Matter
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
The Seed Company Translation Project Text / Printed Matter
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Roman Catholic

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 10.00 %)
70.00 %
Ethnic Religions
19.20 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
10.80 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
5.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
35.0 %
20.0 %
Roman Catholic
40.0 %
Photo Source: Anonymous  
Map Source: Anonymous  
Profile Source: Margaret Minzner  
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