Busam in Cameroon

Joshua Project has identified the Busam only in Cameroon





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Busam people are somewhat isolated, living in several valleys of a mountainous area. They are primarily farmers, growing their own food. They also export coffee for cash to buy things they cannot get locally. The Busam live in a semi-tropical area and there are two seasons: the cool rainy season and the warm dry season.

Germans began colonialization of the area in the late 1800's, later followed by the English after World War I. Since then the Catholic Church has proliferated and Presbyterian and Apostolic groups have emerged among the Busam as well. Today, most are Christian by name, but traditional religion is so fundamental in their culture they do not see the contradiction between the two.

The Busam speak Pidgin for communicating with outsiders, and Busam, their mother tongue, within the group. Many Busam have a primary education, but few go on to secondary school. Since there is a small number of Busam that are literate and the only Scriptures available to them are in English, access to the Word of God is difficult. The Busam have a great need for a translation of the Bible in their language, for literacy, and a clear Christian teaching.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

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People Name General Busam
People Name in Country Busam
Population in Cameroon 2,400
World Population 2,400
Countries 1
Progress Scale 2.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Bantu, Cameroon-Bamileke
People Name General Busam
Ethnic Code NAB57a
People ID 11040
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, Batibo Subdivision, Bifang, Ambambo, and Dinku villages.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010

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Enthologue Language Map

Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Busam (2,400)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Busam 2,400
For Primary Language: Busam

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 1.50 %)
70.00 %
Ethnic Religions
30.00 %
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 %
2.0 %
Roman Catholic
73.0 %
Profile Source: Joshua Project  
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