233,000 (2005 CABTAL), increasing. 69,900 monolinguals. Ethnic population: 233,000.
North West region: south Boyo division, southeast of Wum town, northeast of Bamenda city; also major urban centers.
3 (Wider communication). Used by speakers of many other languages.
Mbizenaku (Itangimbesa, Mbesa).
Vigorous. All domains. Oral use in local administration, church, commerce, written use in church, letters. All ages. Positive attitudes. Many also use Cameroon Pidgin [wes]. Some also use English [eng]. Also use Babanki [bbk], Bum [bmv], Chungmboko [cug], French [fra], Lamnso’ [lns], Mmen [bfm], Oku [oku]. Used as L2 by Aghem [agq], Babanki [bbk], Bum [bmv], Chungmboko [cug], Kemedzung [dmo], Koma [kmy], Laimbue [lmx], Mmen [bfm], Noone [nhu].
Latin script [Latn].
Christian, traditional religion.