Bakossi people are kind, considerate, and caring folks. The tribe straddles the Anglophone and Francophone areas but most Bakossi would be classified as Anglophone. Bakossi people are located in the Southwest Province of Cameroon in the Kupe Mananguba Division.
Much of the area is agricultural with major food crops being coco yam, cassava, and some corn. Cash crops include coffee in the higher elevations and cocoa in the lower elevations. The traditional food is Esubag and Xamongel (pounded coco yam with a leaf stew). Meem (palm wine) is present and kola nut is an important part of welcoming folks. There is a saying that he who brings kola brings life (as with other tribes in the area).
There are several high schools in the area and Bakossi people are generally well educated. Unfortunately, there are not enough job opportunities so people find themselves returning to farming after their education. There are also a lot of civil servants in the area particularly in Bangem.
There are some traditional beliefs but mostly people are Christian. Villages nearer to Nysoso tend to be more Presbyterian while the villages near Bangem are more Catholic. Each denomination had missions in those areas.
Bakossi people need economic development and jobs.
|Profile Source: Margaret Minzner|
|Region||West and Central Africa|
|Persecution Rank||Not ranked|
|Location in Country||South West region: Koupé-Muanenguba division, Bangem, Nguti, and Tombel subdivisions; Littoral region: Moungo division, Manjo subdivision. Source: Ethnologue 2016|
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible Portions||Yes (1998-2010)|
|New Testament||Yes (2011)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum of Bible Agencies|
|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching (GRN)|
|Audio Recordings||Online New Testament (FCBH)|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bible: Melɛ̌ Mékɔ̄ɔ̄lē|
|Text / Printed Matter||The Seed Company Translation Project|
|Religion Subdivision:||Roman Catholic|
|Major Religion ▲||Percent|
|Christianity (Evangelical 10.00 %)||
|Other / Small||
|Christian Segments ▲||Percent|