233,000 (2005 CABTAL), increasing. 69,900 monolinguals. Ethnic population: 233,000.
North West region: south Boyo division, southeast of Wum town, northeast of Bamenda city. Also in major urban centers.
3 (Wider communication).Used by speakers of many other languages.
Mbizenaku (Itangimbesa, Mbesa).
Vigorous. All domains. Oral use in local administration, church, commerce, written use in church, letters. All ages. Very positive attitudes. 120,000 also use Cameroon Pidgin [wes]. 50,000 also use English [eng]. Also use Babanki [bbk], Bum [bmv], Cung [cug], French [fra], Lamnso’ [lns], Mmen [bfm], Oku [oku]. Used as L2 by Aghem [agq], Babanki [bbk], Bum [bmv], Cung [cug], Kemedzung [dmo], Koma [kmy], Laimbue [lmx], Mmen [bfm], Noone [nhu].
Latin script [Latn].
Christian, traditional religion.