Bamileke-Tchang in Cameroon

Joshua Project has identified the Bamileke-Tchang only in Cameroon





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

Yemba speakers inhabit the Menoua county in the Western Province of Cameroon, stretching across 1400 square kilometers of spectacular mountainous land. This region is densely populated and marked by a rather cool climate and two seasons, wet and dry. Yemba speakers are essentially a proud and hard-working people.

For years, Yemba speakers have lived off the land with their agricultural crops, however, many are also now in cities and hold positions such as merchants, bankers and teachers. Colonization began in this region in the late 1800's with the arrival of the Germans. Since then, both Catholics and Protestants from France and Germany have sent missionaries to the area. Within the past twenty years, there has been an interest in producing Scripture in their maternal language, Yemba. A SIL team, however, was not assigned to this area until 1983, because it was thought that translation would be done by a Catholic seminarian trained in linguistics.

The spiritual climate among Yemba speakers remains deeply rooted in traditional beliefs. God houses, for instance, are characteristic of this region. These miniature houses are built near compounds or awesome things in nature, where sacrifices are made to local spirits. The majority of Yemba speakers still practice African Tribal Religion out of fear of displeasing ancestral spirits. Since religious and social customs are closely bound together, any change in one threatens the stability of the other. Preoccupation with self-preservation, advancement in the modern world, along with the general fear and blindness that spiritual darkness brings are just some of the obstacles that must be overcome before the Good News reaches Yemba speakers.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Bamileke-Tchang
People Name in Country Bamileke-Tchang
Population in Cameroon 599,000
World Population 599,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Yemba
Country Cameroon
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country West Province, Menoua Division, Dschang area.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Yemba (599,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Yemba 599,000
For Primary Language: Yemba

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (2000)
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Jesus Film: view in Yemba Film / Video
Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Other / Marginal

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 8.00 %)
72.00 %
Ethnic Religions
25.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
3.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
7.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
40.0 %
25.0 %
Roman Catholic
28.0 %
Map Source: Anonymous  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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