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Mmuock (sometimes Mmock) is the anglicised form of Muòk (IPA: [m̩muɔk])—sometimes written as Mǒk (see next paragraph). It is a tribe in the Western part of Cameroon. Belonging to the Bamilike ethnic group, the Mmuock group comprises four villages: Mmuock Leteh, Mmuock Fossimondi, Mmockmbie and Mmouck Leleng (sometimes called Fossung Eleleng, especially by non-Mmuock people). The first three villages are found in the English-speaking Lebialem Division in the Southwest Region of Cameroon, while Mmock Leleng lies in the french-speaking West Region.

The Mmuock tribe speaks the Mmuock (Mmock) language. Due to dialectal differences, the name of the tribe is pronounced in Mmuock-Leteh and Mmuock-Fossimondi as IPA: [m̩muɔːk], and in the other two villages as IPA: [m̩mok]. As a result, there are two anglicised spellings: Mmuock and Mmouck.


The word Muòk (or Moòk) means fire in the Mmuock language.[1] There have been two different origin stories to the name. According to the first story, when four brothers, who later founded the four villages, separated, each was to make a fire if attacked; the smoke from the fire would alert the others. According to the second story, the name was given by the people of Bafou as a result of their inability to defeat and capture the four brothers.[2]




  1. ^ Fotang, Tano (2011). The Sound of Mmuock (Vol 1: Orthography) (first ed.). Bamenda: Magnolian Publishers. ISBN 978-9956-645-17-6.
  2. ^ Asaah, Thomas (1980). Mmock in History. Yaounde.