Vengo (gháŋ vəŋóo)

Vengo is a member of the South Ring Grassfields group of Southern Bantoid languages. It is spoken by about 27,000 people in the village of Babungo (Vengo) on the Ndop plain in the Ngoketunjia Division of the North West Region of Cameroon.

Vengo is also known Babungo, Vengoo, Vengi, Pengo, Ngo, Nguu, Ngwa or Nge. Vengo speakers call their language gháŋ vəŋóo ("language of the Vengo") and they call their village vəŋóo.

There are ways to write Vengo written with the Latin alphabet based on the General Alphabet of Cameroon Languages, which was adopted in 1979 by the National Committee for the unification and harmonisation of the alphabets of Cameroon languages. The one shown below was devised by Gratien Gualbert Atindogbe in 2003.

Vengo alphabet

Vengo alphabet and alphabet and pronunciation

Download an Vengo alphabet chart (Excel)

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

  1. Ŋwə gi tɨ́ vəŋ laa, «Viŋ taa kɨ shɔꞌtə Nwi, viŋ gì laa lee, «Tɨta Nwi, məbəŋsə lùu maa yizii yə. Bàw yifwàŋ yə jwi.
  2. Kɔ yia shi shi nə fazɨ faŋ ŋkə kùꞌnə maa shi.
  3. Ndenə vənu vəbwəvə faŋ yia nə yɨ̀sə nə, fɔnə yia ndenə vənu vənshə faŋ vɨɨ gù maa yia nɨzi. Kɨ ghɔ biŋ yia ŋii məmɔŋ maa məyɨ nu bwə me.»


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.


Sample videos in Vengo


Information about Vengo

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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