40,000 in Cameroon (2007 Y. Léonard). Population total all countries: 43,200. 15,000 monolinguals. Mainly women. Ethnic population: 40,000.
Southeast East Region, Boumba and Ngoko, Kadey, and Upper Nyong divisions; South Region, Dja and Lobo divisions.
The Baka, being pygmies, are held in low esteem by the Bantus. East Region population increase among all language groups and Baka sedentism increase bilingualism. Most domains, including home, education, and forest. All ages. Positive attitudes. 5,000 also use French [fra]. French [fra] also used in schools and is most used with outsiders. Also use Koonzime [ozm], Njyem [njy].
Latin script [Latn], not used in Gabon.
Semi-nomadic but encouraged by the government to settle along roadways. Different from Baka of Democratic Republic of the Congo and Sudan and from the Aka [soh] (Baaka, Bayaka, Biyaka). Although similar in culture, they are different in language. Traditional religion, Christian.