Oku is a member of the Central Ring Grassfields group of Southern Bantoid languages. It is spoken by about 87,000 people in the southwest of the Bui Division of the North West Region of Cameroon.
Oku is also known as Ebkuo, Ekpwo, Ukfwo, Bvukoo or Kuɔ. Oku people call it əblam əbkwo ("language of the Oku"). It is closely related to Kom, Mbizenaku, Babanki and Lamnso, which are spoken nearby.
Oku can be written with the Latin alphabet, and there is a translation of the New Testament in the language. It is taught in some schools and used on one radio station. A grammar of the language was published in 2009.
Oku has an acute accent (á) to mark high tones, and a grave accent (à) to mark low tones. There is also a mid tone and a falling tone, which are not always marked.
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Page created: 12.12.23. Last modified: 13.12.23
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