L1 users: 180,000 (2011 U. Francis), increasing. 45,000 monolinguals. Ethnic population: 180,000.
Cross River state: Ogoja LGA; Ebonyi state: Abakaliki LGA; Benue state: Okpokwu and Oju LGAs.
Mtezi, Ugbala, Iteeji. 4 dialects in the north, 3 south, besides those named.
Vigorous. Home. All ages. Positive attitudes. Most also use English [eng].
Latin script [Latn], used since 1976.
Christian, traditional religion.