70,000 (2012 L. Otronyi).
Cross River state: Obudu, Ogoja, and Bekwarra LGAs; Benue state: Vandeika LGA.
Afrike (Aferike, Utumane), Irungene (Mbe Afal, Mbe East, Mbube Eastern, Obe, Upper Mbe), Mgbenege (Ngbenege), Okworogung (Ukworogung), Ukwortung (Okorotung), Utugwang (Otukwang, Utukwang). Utugwang intelligible of all dialects. Afrike and Irungene are mutually intelligible. Lexical similarity: Irungene 89% with Afrike, 80%–86% with Utugwang sub-group; Afrike and Irungene 67%–78% with Utugwang subgroup.
Utugwang, Okwortung, Okworogung, and Mgbenege accept Utugwang as a cover term. Christian, traditional religion.