100,000 in Liberia (Johnstone and Mandryk 2001). 50,000 fled to Guinea (Johnstone 1993). Population total all countries: 107,000.
Lofa county; into Gbarpolu county: Belleh district.
Hasala, Hembeh, Lukasa, Tahamba, Wawana, Wulukoha. Tahamba dialect used for literature. Lexical similarity: 96% with the 6 dialects, 83% with the most similar Mende [men] dialect.
Used as L2 by Kuwaa [blh].
Latin script [Latn].
Glossonym: Gbandi or Gbande, both erroneous. Traditional religion, Muslim.