3,900 (2011 S. Smith), decreasing. 400 on Corisco Island. No monolinguals. Total users in all countries: 5,400.
Litoral province: Corisco Island, Rio Muni.
None known. Related to Batanga [bnm].
Latin script [Latn], used since 1863.
Traditionally coastal fishermen. All the Benga and Batanga [bnm] consider themselves ‘Boumba’ (those who use ‘mba’ to refer to ourselves), and together with additional groups are ‘Ndowe’ (the beach peoples). Christian, traditional religion.