Oroko language

Oroko, also Bakundu-Balue or Balundu-Bima, is a poorly known Bantu dialect cluster spoken in Cameroon.

Varieties are Kundu/Nkundu (Lokundu, Bakundu), Lue (Lolue, Balue), Mbonge, Ekombe, Londo (Londo ba Nanga; cf Londo), Londo ba Diko, Ngolo (Longolo; cf Ngolo dialect), Bima, Tanga (Lotanga, Batanga), and Koko (Lokoko, Bakoko: distinct from Bakoko language). Maho (2009) treats these as ten distinct languages.

Native toCameroon
Native speakers
110,000 (2000)[1]
  • Kundu
  • Lue
  • Mbonge
  • Ekombe
  • Londo ba Nanga
  • Londo ba Diko
  • Ngolo
  • Bima
  • Tanga
  • Koko
Language codes
ISO 639-3bdu
A.101 (ex-A.11,12)[3]


  1. ^ Oroko at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Oroko". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ Jouni Filip Maho, 2009. New Updated Guthrie List Online

Dikome Balue is the headquarters of Dikome Balue subdivision and has an area of 5,000 km2 (1,900 sq mi) situated in the heart of a rainforest region of Ndian Division in the southwest region of Cameroon.

This mountainous region is situated within the Rumpi highlands with its peak called Mt Rumpi (commonly called Rata by the indigenes) towering to 1,765 m (5,791 ft) above sea level. A composite volcano of the Cambrian type that has not erupted in our recent times. This mountain range connects with the Manenguba, kupe, Fako and Equatorial Guinea highlands.

This area is inhabited by a Bantu people who originated from the Congo basin of Central Africa. The dialect spoken here is Lolue (a type of Oroko) with about 98% similarity with the other ethnic dialects like Mbonge, Bima, Londo, Batanga etc.

Oroko language has a 75% similarity with the Lingala(Kikongo) spoken in Congo and Zaire. The main difference between the two is that Lingala is often mixed with French while Oroko is mixed with English or just simply spoken with no foreign accents. Oroko and Bakongo people of Congo and Zaire share almost the same cultures


Oroko may be,

Oroko language

Armel Oroko

Hyacinth Oroko Egbebo

Official languages
Major languages
Indigenous languages
Sign languages


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