A language of Cameroon

Alternate Names
“Matakam” (pej.), Mofa, Natakan

210,000 in Cameroon (2005 SIL). Based on the actual population of the sub-divisions where the Mafa people are present (2014 C. Hamm). Population total all countries: 214,910.


Far North region: Mayo-Tsanaga division. From Mokolo town north.

Language Status

5 (Developing).


Central Mafa (Djingliya, Gouzda, Koza, Ldamtsai, Mokola, Mokolo, Ouzal), East Mafa (Bao, Mazam, Midre, Soulede), Roua, West Mafa (Magoumaz, Mavoumay, Moskota). The Roua dialect may be a separate language.

Language Use

Some also use Buwal [bhs]. Used as L2 by Cuvok [cuv], Gavar [gou], Mefele [mfj], Vemgo-Mabas [vem].

Language Development
New orthography in Catholic schools. Taught in primary and secondary schools. Poetry. Radio programs. Dictionary. Bible: 1978–1989.

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Traditional religion.

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