A language of Cameroon

Alternate Names
’Abotee, ’Abwetee, Baboute, Bamboute, Boute, Bubure, Bule, Bute, Foute, Luvure, Nbule, Pute, Voute, Voutere, Woute, Wute, nyindi vɨtèé

20,000 in Cameroon (1997 L. Lode). 300 in Banyo (1995 B. Connell). Total users in all countries: 21,000.


Adamawa region: Djerem and Mayo-Banyo divisions near Banyo and Tibati; Centre region: northeast Mbam division; Upper Sanaga division, near Nanga-Eboko and Mbandjok; East region: western Lom-and-Djerem division.

Language Status

5 (Developing).


Bute Bamnyo (Vute de Banyo), Vute Mbanjo (Vute de Mbandjok), Nudoo (Vute de Yangba), Nujum (Vute de Linte), Nduvum (Vute de Tibati), Nugane (Vute de Doume), Kumbere (Vute de Sangbe), Ngoro (Vute de Ngorro).

Language Use

Vute de Banyo is still used daily, but seems heavily influenced by Fulfulde [fub]. Used by all. Also use French [fra]. Used as L2 by Wawa [www].

Language Development

Literacy rate in L2: 15%–25%. NT: 2007.


Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Traditional religion, Christian.

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