179,000 in Ethiopia (2007 census). Population total all countries: 219,000. 88,200 monolinguals. L2 users: 4,380 in Ethiopia.
Binshangul Gumuz, Amara, and Oromiya states, Metemma area on Sudan border south through Gondar and Gojjam; along Blue Nile and south into Wellaga and Didessa valley up to Leqemt-Gimbi road; southwest of Addis Ababa, Welqite area villages (possibly 1,000).
Agalo, Dibate, Guba, Mandura, Metemma, Sirba, Wenbera, Yaso. Noticeable dialect differences, and not all dialects are inherently intelligible. Mandura, Dibate, and Metemma form a distinct dialect subgroup.
SVO; verb affixes show person, number of subject, first plural inclusive and exclusive; tonal, 3 tones.
Limited comprehension of Eastern Oromo [hae].
Connections between villages for intermarriage and trade. Traditional religion.