40,000 (2011 SIL). 66% monolingual. Ethnic population: 40,000.
East Region, Upper Nyong division areas, north and northwest Dja river, Lomie, Messok, Mindourou, Somalomo, and Alouma villages.
Badwe’e (Badjoue, Bajwe’e, Koozime), Nzime (Koonzime).
Many Baka Pygmies speak it as L2. All domains, public discourse, government information, oral and written use in church, oral literature. All ages. Positive attitudes. Some also use French [fra].
Glossonym: Koonzime refers to the Nzime dialect, Koozime to the Badwe’e dialect. Christian, traditional religion.