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Mofu is a designation for various ethnic groups and languages they speak which are located in northern Cameroon, near the border with Nigeria. The Mofu live in the Mandara Mountains of Cameroon's Far North Province.

Some of these groups accept the name “Mofu”, for example the Mofu-Duvangar, Mofu-Durum, Mofu-Wazang, Mofu-Meri and the Mofu-Gudur. Others do not use the appellation “Mofu”. They simply say they are Zulgo, Gemjek, Mbuko, Moloko. They use this name to refer to themselves and their language. Most of the groups with the Mofu prefix traditionally refer to themselves as “People of the Mountains” or their language as “Language of the Mountains.”

The languages they speak are considered separate languages of the Biu–Mandara branch of the Chadic language family.

The Mofu-Wazan were featured in the documentary Master of the Killer Ants, a Nova program episode, which aired on PBS in November 2007.[1]


  1. ^ "Master of the Killer Ants", PBS, Nova, November 2007

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