205,000 (2006). L2 users: 25,000 (1981 D. Cranmer).
Eastern province: west and central Kona district; Northern province: Koinadugu district, south of Bagbe river.
Central Kono (Fiama, Gbane, Gbane Kando, Gbense, Gorama Kono, Kamara, Lei, Mafindo, Nimi Koro, Nimi Yama, Penguia, Soa, Tankoro, Toli), Northern Kono (Sando). Not intelligible with Vai [vai]. Dialects have minor differences.
Latin script [Latn].
Different from Kono [knu] in Guinea. Traditional religion, Muslim.