4,250 in Cameroon (2012 SIL). Population total all countries: 4,279.
South Region, Ocean division, Kribi, Campo, Bipindi, and Lolodorf subdivisions, forested areas between Nyong and Ntem rivers; many near Campo-Maan Reserve. Also in Equatorial Guinea.
Speakers often hide the fact that they have their own language. However, within the group, when no outsiders are present, they prefer Gyele. Home, with each other. All ages. Very multilingual. Nearly all also use Kwasio [nmg]; most also use Basaa [bas], Ewondo [ewo], or Bulu [bum]. Very few use French [fra].
Pygmies, dispersed in small groups in the forest. Probably different from Bakola (Bakoya) pygmies of Gabon. Traditional religion, Christian.