Yamba, Mbubem in Cameroon





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Yamba inhabit a remote mountain range in the North West Province of Cameroon, just south of the Nigerian border. Seventeen Yamba villages within a thirty kilometer radius are accessible only by four-wheel drive vehicles, or by foot, due to poor road conditions. Throughout these Bamenda highlands, comprised of both rocky peaks and narrow valleys, the Yamba farm corn, beans, cocoyams and peanuts and raise livestock.

The Yamba trace their ancestry back to the Tikars who migrated from Kimi, a region eighty miles east of Yamba land. For years, the Yamba remained quite isolated because of the difficulty in reaching this region. It was not until 1928 that any mission was able to reach the Yamba. Since 1975, with the blasting of a road over Rom Rock, there has been much more outside influence.

The people speak Yamba, the language of the region, along with some Pidgin and English. Several dialects of Yamba exist, with the Mbem dialect playing an important role, since it is widely understood by the other dialects. SIL has been working with this language group since 1976 with the arrival of Virginia Bradley and Julie VanDyken. Since then, much progress has been made in obtaining Scripture in Yamba. In February 1993, the Yamba celebrated the dedication of the New Testament in their mother tongue. Currently, the Book of Jonah is available in Yamba. SIL has recently begun promoting literacy among the Yamba. With only a 15% literacy among adults, much work remains. Since the Yamba lack the infrastructure needed to build themselves up spiritually, outside assistance is needed.

Although 75% of the people call themselves Christian, many still hold onto traditional beliefs as a way to protect oneself against evil. Much prayer and support is needed if Scripture is to have an impact in reviving the Church among the Yamba.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Yamba, Mbubem
People Name in Country Yamba, Mbubem
Population in Cameroon 66,000
World Population 84,000
Countries 2
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Kaka, Kakayamba, Mbubem, Yamba
Country Cameroon
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country North West Province, Donga-Mantung Division, Central Nwa Subdivision. Seasonal immigrants in Nigeria, Mambila Plateau.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Yamba (66,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Yamba 66,000
For Primary Language: Yamba

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1990)
New Testament Yes   (1992-2011)
Complete Bible No
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible: Ŋwàk Nwì Ma Rʉ̀k Nə̀ Fi Text / Printed Matter
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Protestant

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 18.00 %)
66.00 %
Ethnic Religions
29.00 %
0.00 %
5.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
6.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
24.0 %
55.0 %
Roman Catholic
15.0 %
Map Source: Anonymous  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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