Budu

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Alternate Names
Bodo, Ebudu, Kibudu
Population

180,000 (1991 SIL).

Location

Orientale Province, Wamba territory. 8 collectivités.

Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Bafwakoyi, East Bafwangada, Ineta (Timoniko), Mahaa, Makoda, Malamba, Wadimbisa (Isombi), West Bafwangada (Bafanio). Bafwakoyi dialect, around Wamba, is best understood by East Bafwangada, Mahaa, and Malamba users; Ineta dialect, near Ibambi, is best understood by Makoda, Wadimbisa, and West Bafwangada users. However, Ibambi and Wamba groups consider themselves one people and language. Lexical similarity: 92% within dialects; 85% with Ndaka [ndk]; 78% with Mbo [zmw]; 74% with Nyali [nlj] and Vanuma [vau]; 30% with Bali [bcp]; Lika [lik], and Komo [kmw]; 20%–25% with Bhele [bhy], Kaiku [kkq], Bila [bip], and Bera [brf]; 14% with Congo Swahili [swc].

Language Use

Most also use Congo Swahili [swc].

Language Development
Bible portions: 2000–2009.
Writing
Latin script.
Other Comments

Traditional religion, Christian.