Limbum is a member of the Eastern Grassfields branch of the Southern Bantoid language family. There are about 130,000 speakers of Limbum, mainly in Cameroon, and also in Nigeria. In Cameroon it is spoken by the Wimbum people in the Donga-Mantung Division in the Northwest Region. In Nigeria there are a few speakers of Limbum in the Sardauna Local Government Area of Taraba State in the southeast of the country.

Limbum is also known as Bojiin, Limbom, Llimbumi, Ndzungle, Ndzungli, Njungene, Nsungali, Nsungli, Nsungni or Wimbum. There are three dialects: Northern, Central and Southern, according to some linguists. Limbum is closely related to Yamba, Bamum, Ngemba and Bamileke.

Limbum is written with the Latin script. There is some written material in the language, including a grammar and a dictionary.

Limbum alphabet and pronunciation

Limbum alphabet and pronunciation

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Sample text (The Lord's Prayer - Luke 11: 2-4)

  1. E m làa nè wowèe enɛ̂, “Wèe à ka' ce gèe rloo, wèe laa weenɛ̂, ‘Tàr, tɛ lo rlii li ba rrara, tɛ yo kʉʉ yi kɛ'.
  2. Fa wèr byee à mnòŋ wɛɛwɛ.
  3. Fòosi wèr yèr buu bbebep, njobè' wer wèr e ke fòosi ŋwɛ̀ wɛɛwɛ ce e gèe yuu bebep nè wèr. Fa mà'shi tɛ rmòoshì li vʉ nè wèr ka'.’ ”


Translation (English)

  1. And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.
  2. Give us day by day our daily bread.
  3. And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.

Source: Bible Gateway

Sample videos in Limbum


Information about Limbum

Bantoid languages

Awing, Bafanji, Bamum, Bamunka, Feʼfeʼ, Ghomalaʼ, Kenswei Nsei, Limbum, Medumba, Mmen, Nso, Oku, Pinyin, Tiv, Vengo

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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