6,000 (Tourneux 2004). 40,000 all Kotoko languages (Tourneux 2004).
Far North region: Logone-and-Chari division, Goulfey subdivision, Chari river area north of Kousseri.
Also use Chadian Spoken Arabic [shu].
Latin script [Latn], developed in 1999, experimental.
‘Mandage’ is used by the Kotoko to refer to either the northern group of Kotoko languages (Mpade, Afade, Maslam, Malgbe) or the Kotoko group as a whole (including Mser and Lagwan). Muslim.