589,000 in Equatorial Guinea (2013 S. Smith), increasing. Population total all countries: 1,319,900. L2 users: 35,000 in Equatorial Guinea (2013 S. Smith).
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.
Ethnic groups are Okak, Ntumu, known as warriors of the jungle. Their knowledge of jungle plants, animals, survival is legendary. Christian, traditional religion.