Lefa in Cameroon

Joshua Project has identified the Lefa only in Cameroon





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

Lefa' is spoken in twenty-six villages of the Deuk Subdivision in the Mbam-and- Inoubou Division of Central Province. The Lefa' speaking area, about 1,550 square kilometers, is located north of Bafia and the Mbam River. This area is quite isolated, surrounded by rivers, many small tributaries, forest and mountains. All travel in and out of the area must come up from the south and pass by way of a singular ferry across the Mbam, there are no bridges.

The Fa' people need increased healthcare, more schools, improved roads, bridges across the Mbam River, and electricity. Pray that these community development needs will be met. A Catholic sister runs a mission in Deuk that provides health care for the Fa' people, but much more care is still needed. Pray that epilepsy will become less prevalent in the area. In some Fa' villages only 35% of the children have the opportunity to attend primary school, two villages have no school. The Fa' people need more schools and electricity, pray for these improvements in their standard of living.

French is the language of wider communication. The youth of the three major Fa' villages speak French more than their own language, reliance upon the mother tongue is stronger in the more remote villages. Lefa' is closely related to Rikpa (language of Bafia town), which has a translated New Testament. Those Fa' people who have contact with Rikpa people seem to understand their speech well, although some reject the Rikpa scriptures because they say it is not their own language. Others might be willing to use the Rikpa New Testament if they possessed a copy. There are a few Presbyterian and Catholic congregations in the area. Pray for church growth, both in maturity of faith and in numbers of Christians. Ask God to free the Fa' people from traditional religion and draw them to Christ.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Lefa
People Name in Country Lefa
Population in Cameroon 15,000
World Population 15,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 2.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Benue
People Name General Lefa
Ethnic Code NAB56b
People ID 19340
Country Cameroon
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Center Province, Mbam and Inoubou Division, Deuk Subdivision.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010

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Enthologue Language Map

Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Lefa (15,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Lefa 15,000
For Primary Language: Lefa

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
None reported  
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Roman Catholic

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 2.00 %)
52.00 %
Ethnic Religions
48.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
16.0 %
5.0 %
Roman Catholic
79.0 %
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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