Bulu language

Bulu is a Bantu language of the Bulu people of Cameroon. The language had 174,000 native speakers in 1982, with some 800,000 second language speakers in 1991. Its dialects include Bene, Yelinda, Yembana, Yengono, and Zaman. Bulu was formerly used by colonial and missionary groups as a lingua franca in the region for commercial, educational, and religious purposes, though it is today becoming less frequent in those spheres.

Bulu speakers are concentrated primarily in Cameroon's South Province, with the largest number at Ebolowa and Sangmélima. Some speakers live in the Nyong-et-Mfoumou division of the Centre and the Haut-Nyong division of the East.

Bulu belongs to the group of Beti languages and is intelligible with Eton, Ewondo, and Fang.

Bulu (Nkobô Bulu)
Native speakers
860,000 (2007)[1]
  • Bulu
  • Bene
Language codes
ISO 639-3bum



Bilabial Labial Alveolar Palatal Velar Glottal
plain lab.
Plosive voiceless p t c k ʔ
voiced b d ɟ ɡ
prenasal mb nd ŋɡ
Fricative voiceless f s h
voiced v z
prenasal mv
Affricate voiceless kp kpʷ
voiced ɡb ɡbʷ
prenasal-vl. ŋkp ŋkpʷ
prenasal-vd. ŋɡb ŋɡbʷ
Nasal m n ɲ ŋ
Lateral l
Approximant j w


Front Central Back
Close i ĩ u ũ
Close-mid e ẽ o
Mid ə
Open-mid ɛ ɔ ɔ̃
Open a ã



  1. ^ Bulu at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Bulu (Cameroon)". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ Jouni Filip Maho, 2009. New Updated Guthrie List Online
  4. ^ "Systèmes alphabétiques des langues africaines d'après Alphabets des langues africaines Unesco-SIL 1993". Alphabets des langues africaines. Retrieved 2018-06-07.
  5. ^ Abomo-Maurin, Marie-Rose (2006). Parlons boulou: Langue bantou du Cameroun. L'Harmattan.
Afep pigeon

The afep pigeon (Columba unicincta), also known as the African wood-pigeon or gray wood-pigeon, is a member of the family Columbidae which lives in the Equatorial Forests of Africa.

Beti people

The Beti people are a Central African ethnic group primarily found in central Cameroon. They are also found in Equatorial Guinea and northern Gabon. They are closely related to the Bulu people, the Fang people and the Yaunde people, who are all sometimes grouped as Beti-Pahuin peoples.The Beti are found in northern regions of their joint demographic distributions, the Fang in the southern regions, and others in between. Estimates of the total Beti population vary, with many sources placing them at over three million spread from the Atlantic coastal regions near Equatorial Guinea into the hilly, equatorial forest covered highlands of central Africa reaching into the Congo.


Bulu may refer to:

Bulu (Fijian mythology), the underworld in the mythology of Fiji

Tapu Bulu, a Gen VII Grass/Fairy-type Pokémon species introduced in Pokémon Sun and Moon.

The Bulu people of Cameroon

Bulu language, spoken by that peopleThere are 3 subdistricts of Central Java, Indonesia namely Bulu (take from a tree resembling ficus):

Bulu, Rembang

Bulu, Sukoharjo

Bulu, Temanggung

Bulu language (Oceanic)

Bulu is an Oceanic language of West New Britain in Papua New Guinea.

Presbyterian Church in Cameroon

The Presbyterian Church in Cameroon (PCC) is a Reformed denomination in Cameroon and a member of the World Communion of Reformed Churches. It is the largest English-speaking church in Cameroon, founded by an American Presbyterian Mission. In addition to its religious activities it contributes to provision of health and education services in the country.

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