Presentation of the Benga language by linguist Patrick Mouguiama-Daouda
Benga is spoken on the Gabonese coastal zone (Cap Esterias and Cap Santa Clara), north of Libreville. Nowadays less that 1000 people are able to use this language, and the number of Benga speakers is constantly dropping partly because they are progressively blending into the neighbouring Myene community.
The linguistic categorization of Benga faces complexity. Similarities are found with languages spoken in the north of the Benga area, as well as with languages spoken in the east (languages from the Kota-kele group).
Fishing is the main traditional activity of the Benga people.
Equatorial Guinea also counts a few Benga dwellings, mainly on the island of Corisco.
Sorosoro is a program carried by the WOLACO Association (World Languages Conservancy) and supported by the Laboratory of Excellence ASLAN (Advanced Studies on language complexity) from the University of Lyon.