Alternate Names
Apagibete, Apagibeti, Apakabeti, Apakibeti, Pagabete

28,000 (2000 SIL). 6,000 Momveda, 4,500 Mongbapele.


Equateur province: Businga, Yakoma, and Bumba territories; Mongbapele along road south of Businga; Momveda around Ngakpo on Dua river north side, across from Gumba; Yakoma territory, Butu. Ndundusana in north Bumba territory, south of Butu and at Ndundu-Sana.

Language Status

6a (Vigorous).


Momveda, Mongbapele, Ndundusana (Egejo, Egezo, Egezon, Gezon). Lexical similarity: Ndundusana dialect 90% with Momveda and Mongbapele dialects; Momveda and Mongbapele has 80%, and Ndundusana dialect has 85% with Bwa [bww]. Dialects have 60%–75% with Kango [kzy], 60%–65% with Ngelima [agh], 55%–60% with Lika [lik], 46% with Komo [kmw], 40%–45% with Bali [bcp], 35%–40% with Ngombe [ngc] and Budza [bja], 30% with Lingala [lin].

Language Use

Vigorous in most families. 20% of Pagibete men marry speakers of other languages, and those women are pressured to learn it. Children of women who marry men from other languages speak it when visiting Pagibete villages. All domains. Positive attitudes. Also use French [fra], Lingala [lin], Ngombe [ngc], Northern Ngbandi [ngb]. About 30% intermarried with Ngombe [ngc] or Ngbandi [ngb] and understand or speak those languages. Used as L2 by Ngombe [ngc].

Language Development
400 can read, 50 can write. About 5% have some secondary education with varying proficiency in French [fra]. Bible portions: 1996.

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Christian, traditional religion.