9,000 (Johnstone and Mandryk 2001), decreasing. Very few monolinguals. Total users in all countries: 15,000.
Litoral province: Bapuku along central coast, south of Mbini to Cabo San Juan.
Bapuku (Bapoko, Bapuu, Naka, Puku). The Puku are an Ndowe coastal people.
Latin script [Latn].
Different from Batanga [bdu] of South West Region in Cameroon (Balundu-Bima), and the Batanga dialect of Caka [ckx]. Traditionally coastal fishermen. All the Benga and Batanga consider themselves ‘Boumba’ (those who use ‘mba’ to refer to ourselves), and together with additional groups are ‘Ndowe’ (the beach peoples). Christian, traditional religion.