461,100 (2006). Many businessmen in N’Djamena are Kanembu.
Kanem and Lac regions; Hadjer-Lamis Region, Dagana department, Massakory subprefecture.
3 (Wider communication).
Kanembu, Kanuri, Karkawu, Mando, Nguri. There is a gradual differentiation between dialects of Kanembu and Kanuri [knc].
Vigorous. Most also use Chadian Spoken Arabic [shu].
Ethnic groups: Badé (Badde 2,646), Baribu, Chiroa, Diabu, Galabu, Kadjidi (5,638), Kankena, Kanku, Kenguina (1,944), Koubri (Koubouri 2,817), Maguirmi (1,825), Nguiguim (7,233). Muslim.