Mbembe, Tigon


A language of Cameroon

Alternate Names
Akonto, Tigon, Tigong, Tigum, Tigun, Tikun

36,000 in Cameroon (1982 SIL), increasing. Population total all countries: 56,000.


North West Region, Donga-Mantung division, Ako subdivision, north of Nkambe.

Language Status

5 (Developing).


Ashuku (Kitsipki), Eneeme, Kporo, Nama (Dama, Namu), Nzare (Izale, Izare, Ndzale, Njari, Nsare).

Language Use

Vigorous. All domains. All ages. Very positive attitudes. Also use Cameroon Pidgin [wes], Hausa [hau], Limbum [lmp].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 10%. Literacy rate in L2: 15%–25%. 5% can read and write. Used informally in education. Poetry. Radio programs. Dictionary. Bible portions: 2001–2008.

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Distinct from Mbembe [mfn] of Nigeria, which is in the Cross River group. Traditional religion, Christian, Muslim.

Also spoken in:

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