A language of Benin

Alternate Names
Baatombu, Baatonu, Barba, Barganchi, Bargawa, Bargu, Bariba, Baruba, Berba, Bogung, Burgu

564,000 in Benin (2014 J. Leclerc). Total users in all countries: 664,000.


Central, north Borgou department: Sinende, Bembereke, N’Dali, Parakou, eastern Tchaourou, Perere, Nikki, and Kalale communes; central and southeast Alibori department; eastern Atakora department; Donga department: Djougou commune.

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Language Status

3 (Wider communication).

Language Use

Also use French [fra]. Used as L2 by Boko [bqc], Ditammari [tbz], Mokole [mkl], Nateni [ntm], Waama [wwa], Yom [pil].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 1%–30%. Taught in primary schools in small-scale multilingual education program since 2013. Dictionary. Grammar. Bible: 1997.

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Distinct from Biali (Berba) [beh]. Muslim, traditional religion.

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