A language of Cameroon

Alternate Names
Djimu, Dzimou, Kooncimo, Koozhime, Koozime, Nzime, Zimu

40,000 (2011 SIL). 26,400 monolinguals. Ethnic population: 40,000.


East region: Upper Nyong division, north and northwest Dja river, Lomie, Messok, Mindourou, Somalomo, and Alouma villages; South region: Dja-and-Lobo division.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).


Badwe’e (Badjoue, Bajue, Bajwe’e, Koozime), Nzime (Koonzime).

Language Use

All domains, public discourse, government information, oral and written use in church, oral literature. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use French [fra]. Used as L2 by Baka [bkc], Kol [biw].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: About 10%. Literacy rate in L2: 20%. 8,000 can read it, 150 can write it. Taught in primary schools. Poetry. New media. Radio programs. Dictionary. NT: 1998–2003.

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Glossonym: Koonzime refers to the Nzime dialect, Koozime to the Badwe’e dialect. Christian, traditional religion.