Bambili in Cameroon

Joshua Project has identified the Bambili only in Cameroon





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

A visitor to Bambui village is likely to receive a warm reception from these friendly, hospitable people. The village situated along the Ring Road northeast of Bamenda. This is an anglophone area (schoolchildren are taught in English), and the use of Pidgin English is widespread. English and Pidgin play a significant role in community life, but the Bambui language still maintains its place as the heart language of most Bambui people.

Bambui people have a lot of contact with speakers of other languages. Bambui is surrounded by a number of related languages (Bambili, Babanki, Bafut, Mankon, Nkwen, Mendankwe and Awing). Bambui was thought to be a dialect of Bambili, but now it is believed that the two are probably distinct languages (and each group insists on its independent identity). Their attitudes toward literacy are very favorable. Interviewees said that they would appreciate being able to read and write all of the neighboring languages that they speak and understand. The greatest resource of the Bambui people is their access to higher education.

Being mostly subsistence agriculturalists, the general population is far from being wealthy. Yet they do have a good number of highly educated individuals. Bambui has a seminary, and the many higher education institutions of Bambili are nearby. Bambui is situated on a good road, making transportation to and from the nearby city of Bamenda quite easy. People have access to healthcare at a subdivisional hospital and two community dispensaries.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The majority of Bambui people see themselves as Christians, belonging to several churches: Catholic, Presbyterian, Baptist, Apostolic, and Full Gospel. Christians are eager to have God's Word in their language. Reportedly, many Scripture portions and doctrinal teachings have been translated into Mbui. Church leaders are enthusiastic say they hope to complete the entire Bible, though they have no training in linguistics or principles of translation.

Prayer Points

* Pray that the initiative the Bambui people have shown for Bible translation will continue and result in high quality translated Scriptures that will speak to Bambui people's hearts.
* Thank God for the reported unity between Christians of various denominations; pray for this to continue.
* Pray for increased freedom from the spiritual bondage of traditional religions.
* Pray that the Jehovah's Witnesses and members of the Bahai Faith will not continue to influence the Bambui people.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

Expanded PDF Profile

People Name General Bambili
People Name in Country Bambili
Population in Cameroon 26,000
World Population 26,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.1
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Bambui
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Bantu, Cameroon-Bamileke
People Name General Bambili
Ethnic Code NAB57a
People ID 10618
Country Cameroon
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country North West Province, Mezam Division, Tuba Subdivision, along Ring Road, east of Bamenda, Bambili, and Bambui villages.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010

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Enthologue Language Map

Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Bambili-Bambui: Bambili
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Bambili-Bambui: Bambili
For Primary Language: Bambili-Bambui

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 3.00 %)
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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