15,000 (2015 R. Jones). 20,000 ethnic Laaru, Lupa and Kambari.
Niger state: Borgu LGA; Kebbi state: Bagudo LGA, 35 villages; Kwara state: south of Kanji reservoir.
New Busa, Wawa. New Busa and Wawa dialects inherently intelligible. New Busa is prestigious, but Wawa dialect is viewed as purer and used for literature. New Busa has Hausa [hau]-influenced phonology. Illo Busa dialect has Boko [bqc] influence. Lexical similarity: 91% with Bokobaru [bus], 85% with Boko [bqc], 57% with Kyanga [tye], 56% with Shanga [sho], 50% with Bisa [bib] in Burkina Faso and Ghana.
SOV; postpositions; genitives before noun heads; articles, adjectives, numerals, imbedded relative NPs after noun heads; person, number, aspect suffixed to subject pronouns; CV, CVV, CCV; grammatical tone on verbs and pronouns; logophoricity, 3 level tones.
Latin script [Latn], used since 2004.
Different from Bisa [bib] of Burkina Faso and Ghana. The Hausa call several groups of people (Boko, Bokobaru, Busa, Bariba) Bussawa, while the Yoruba call them Bariba. Glossonym: Bussanchi by the Hausa. Muslim.