38,600 in Cameroon (1982 SIL). Population total all countries: 51,100.
West Mbum, isolated in Adamawa Region, Vina and Djerem divisions, south and southwest of Ngaoundere; North Region, Faro division, Ngaoundere area to border of Faro Reserve; East Region, Lom and Djerem divisions, Belabo subdivision, Gbete. Also in Central African Republic.
Gbete (Byrre, Kepere, Kpere, Pere, Pono, Ripere, Vana), Mboum (Bum, West Mbum).
Rapidly becoming bilingual in Fulfulde [fub].
Muslim, traditional religion.