217,000 in Kenya (1994 I. Larsen), increasing. Population total all countries: 305,000.
Coast Province, Kwale district, south of Mombasa. Also in Tanzania (Digo).
Chichifundi, Chichinondo, Chigwirani. Partially intelligible with Kigiryama [nyf] but most remote from Kigiryama of the Mijikenda subgroup. Lexical similarity: 74% with Chiduruma [dug], 72% with Chichonyi [coh] and Kiswahili [swh], 71% with Kiswahili dialects Mrima and Mvita, 67% with Amu [swh], 62% with Bajun [swh], 58% with Upper Pokomo [pkb].
Vigorous. Home, social gatherings. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use Kiswahili [swh].
9 ethnic groups form the Mijikenda community. Moderate degree of Kiswahili [swh] and Islamic cultural influence. Digo is the tribal name. Muslim.