589,000 in Equatorial Guinea (2013 S. Smith), increasing. L2 users: 35,000 in Equatorial Guinea (2013 S. Smith). Total users in all countries: 1,106,900 (as L1: 1,071,900; as L2: 35,000).
Widespread. Centro Sur, Kié-Ntem, Litoral, Wele-Nzas provinces.
3 (Wider communication). Used as LWC in continental Equatorial Guinea (the area previously known as Rio Muni). Used in church, market, business, media, and music. It became a LWC by virtue of its dominant status as mother tongue of 85% of the country’s population.
Latin script [Latn], used since 1995.
Known as warriors of the jungle. Their knowledge of jungle plants, animals, and survival is legendary. Christian, traditional religion.