A language of Cameroon

Alternate Names
Diwala, Douala, Dualla, Dwala, Dwela, Sawa

87,700 (1982 SIL). L2 users: Used by an estimated 2,000,000 people in the city of Douala as either an L1 or an L2 (2013 SIL).


Littoral Region, Nkam division, toward Yabassi town along Wouri river; Moungo division, Dibombari area; Wouri division, Cameroon estuary area; South West Region, Fako division, both sides of Mungo river.

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Language Status

3 (Wider communication).Duala is the most widely spoken language in the largest city in Cameroon. It is used in all domains (church, market, business and media). There are a number of centers which teach Duala. It became a LWC due to its size and location. It has been used in the church for over a century.


Bodiman, Mungo (Mongo, Mungu, Muungo), Oli (Ewodi, Koli, Ouri, Uli, Wouri, Wuri), Pongo. Related to Malimba [mzd].

Language Use

Also use French [fra]. Used as L2 by Bafaw-Balong [bwt], Bakaka [bqz], Bubia [bbx], Isu [szv], Malimba [mzd], Mokpwe [bri].

Language Development

Literacy rate in L2: 25%–50%. Radio programs. Dictionary. Grammar. Bible: 1872–1970.


Latin script [Latn].

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