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Bakossi in Cameroon


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
173,000 Akoose Christianity 70.00 % 10.00 %   

Bakossi in Cameroon

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Introduction / History
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.

What are their lives like?
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.

What are their beliefs?
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.

What are their needs?
Bakossi people need economic development and jobs.

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Country: Cameroon
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, West and Central
Persecution Rank:48 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:South West region: Koupé-Muanenguba division, Bangem, Nguti, and Tombel subdivisions; Littoral region: Moungo division, Manjo subdivision.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Bakossi
People Name General: Bakossi
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 100824
Joshua Project People ID: 10595
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 173,000
Population all Countries: 173,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Bantu, Northwest
People Name General: Bakossi
Ethnic Code: NAB57k
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Akoose
Language Code (ISO): bss    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Sub-division:Roman Catholic
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity70.00 %(Evangelical: 10.00 %)
Ethnic Religions19.20 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small10.80 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent5.00 %
Protestant20.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian35.00 %
Roman Catholic40.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a modest presence.
Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 2   Less than 2% Evangelical. Initial (localized) church planting within past 2 years
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1998-2010
New Testament:
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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 World Christian Resource Directory
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Akoose
Film / VideoMy Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Text / Printed MatterBible: Melɛ̌ Mékɔ̄ɔ̄lē
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Bakossi in Cameroon

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      Bakossi Cameroon    
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