Yakoma people

Yakoma are an ethnic group in the Central African Republic (CAR) who make up 4% of the population of the country. 10,000 also reside in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.[1]

They gave their name to the city of Yakoma at the confluence of the Welle and Mbobou rivers and provided the land for the French post at les Abiras which served as the first capital of Ubangi-Shari, the predecessor of the present-day CAR. The Yakoma are Bantu but speak a distinct dialect (also known as Yakoma) similar to Sango.[2]

André-Dieudonné Kolingba, president of the CAR from 1979 to 1993, was a member of this group,[3] as is the writer Adrienne Yabouza.[4]


  1. Lewis, M. Paul (ed.). Ethnologue: Languages of the World, 16th ed. "Yakoma. A language of Central African Republic". SIL International (Dallas), 2009. Online version.
  2. Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada. "Central African Republic: The Yakoma." Accessed 9 Jan 2013.
  3. United States Department of State. Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor. "Country Reports on Human Rights Practices 2001". 4 Mar 2002.
  4. "JournalDeBangui.com: A lire: «La Maltraite des Veuves» d’Adrienne Yabouza". Retrieved 2 December 2016. C1 control character in |title= at position 57 (help)

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