L1 users: 14,000 (1982 SIL).
North West region: Menchum division, Mbengwi area; South West region: Manyu division, isolated on Nigeria border northeast of Akwaya.
SVO; noun head initial; 12 noun classes; tonal; 25 consonant phonemes; 8 vowel phonemes.
Latin script [Latn].
Ethnic autonym: Ugare, Mesaka is used by the government, Iyon by the Tiv. Traditional religion.