Bena is a Bantu language spoken in Tanzania. It is closely related to the Zigula and Gweno languages. There are four dialects of Bena, which are distinguished by their vowel systems. Bena has a complex system of noun classes, with 14 classes in the singular and 7 in the plural. Class 1 includes human beings and animals, while other classes include inanimate objects.
Bena has a rich oral tradition, and many of its stories and songs have been recorded. The Bena people are also known for their wood carving and basketry.
Bena is an official language of Tanzania, along with English and Swahili. It is taught in primary schools and used in the media.