A language of Togo

Alternate Names
Basar, Basare, Basari, Bassar, Bassari, Ncam, Ncham, Tobote

160,000 in Togo (Gblem-Poidi 2012). Population total all countries: 217,000. L2 users: Foreigners living in their area.


Kara region: Bassar and eastern Dankpen prefectures, Kabou, Kalanga, Bitchabe, Dimori, and Bangeli areas.

Language Maps
Language Status

5 (Developing).


Ceemba, Dipiitil, Ntaapum.

Language Use

Dispersed Ntcham speakers using Ntcham less. Home, work, with friends. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use French [fra], Konkomba [xon], Tem [kdh]. Used as L2 by Akaselem [aks], Konkomba [xon].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 1%–5%. Literacy rate in L2: 10% in French. Poetry. Radio programs. Films. Videos. Grammar. NT: 1986–2001.

Braille script [Brai]. Latin script [Latn], primary usage.

Other Comments

Traditional religion, Christian.

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