Ngbaka Minagende language

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Not to be confused with Ngbaka Ma'bo or Ngbaka languages.
Ngbaka Minagende
Ngbaka Gbaya
Native to Democratic Republic of Congo
Native speakers
1.02 million (2000)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 nga
Glottolog ngba1285[2]

Ngbaka (Ngbàkà) is a Gbaya language spoken by a million people in DRC Congo. It is a regionally important language, used by the Gilima, Ngbundu, Mbandja, and Mono peoples and taught in primary schools; 10% are literate in Ngbaka.

"Ngbaka" is a common local ethnic name; the language may be distinguished from other languages called 'Ngbaka' as Ngbaka Gbaya or Ngbaka Minagende.

There are no significant dialectal differences within Ngbaka, and it may be mutually intelligible with members of the Manza dialect cluster.


  1. ^ Ngbaka at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Ngbaka". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 

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