2,400,000 in Nigeria, all users. L1 users: 400,000 (1998). L2 users: 2,000,000. Total users in all countries: 2,405,260 (as L1: 405,260; as L2: 2,000,000).
Cross River state: Calabar municipality, Odukpani and Akamkpa LGAs; Akwa Ibom state: Itu town.
3 (Wider communication). De facto language of provincial identity in Cross River and Akwa Ibom states, all domains. Used as LWC throughout the Cross River State in the church; also, in market, business, and media domains. The Efik Bible, published in 1868, was the very first translation into any Nigerian language and is used widely throughout the region.
Latin script [Latn].